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Urban Studies

The interdisciplinary Urban Studies minor is designed for students who want to learn about urban places primarily from a social science perspective. The sequence will also benefit those with majors in the arts and humanities, business, social services, technology and design, and other fields. This sequence will be useful especially to those who envision pursuing careers in urban-related fields within public administration, planning, preservation, public history, community development, and social services or to those who wish to pursue graduate study in these areas.

The program's features include required coursework in urban geography, history, political science, and sociology or anthropology. Students may choose from a range of elective courses, independent study with urban studies faculty, and an optional internship.

Why Study Urban Studies?

The field of Urban Studies draws together the many different approaches that social science and humanities disciplines use to research and analyze cities, their development, their structure and life, and their problems and resources. It is intended to provide a foundation for students who envision concentrating professionally and intellectually on cities and urban issues.

Application Information

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on

Application Period

Applications for the Urban Studies minor are always being accepted. 

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