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Coterms and Double Majors

Urban Studies students take advantage of many great opportunities to enhance their education both on and off campus.

Coterminal Master's Degree

While Urban Studies is an undergraduate-only program, our students obtain co-terminal master's degrees in a variety of fields.

Can I pursue a coterminal degree?

Urban Studies at Stanford is strictly an undergraduate program; we do not offer a co-terminal masters, or any other kind of advanced degree.

However, students who major in Urban Studies can obtain coterminal degrees in other departments and schools on campus. Urban Studies majors have completed coterminal programs in a number of University departments, including:

More information on the coterm application process

During the beginning of junior year, students interested in pursuing a coterm should discuss program options with their Urban Studies advisor.

Questions about how a coterm might fit with your Urban Studies interests? Talk to a faculty advisor.

Double Major

Urban Studies majors can enhance their knowledge and skills by completing double majors and secondary majors in a number of fields. In recent years, the most common have been Art, Comparative Literature, Economics, History, Psychology, Sociology, and Iberian Languages and Cultures.

Declaring a Double Major

Stanford offers several options for students who find their interests fall in more than one department or program. 

  • Double (or Multiple) Major: You must fulfill the requirements for both majors without any course applying to both.  The only exception is courses that constitute “introductory skill requirements,” such as introductory math or a foreign language, which are not usually applicable in Urban Studies.  In other words, courses may NOT be double-counted in the case of a double major.  Both majors appear on your diploma.
  • Secondary Major: In the case of a secondary major, you must fulfill the requirements for both majors, and you MAY double-count courses.  Urban Studies majors may find this most practical with departments that have substantial course offerings in Urban Studies concentrations, such as Anthropology, History, Political Science, or Sociology.  Secondary majors are noted on the transcript, but not on the diploma.

To declare a multiple major, you must complete the "Major-Minor and Multiple Major Course Approval" form, available under Student eForms in Axess, which shows how a course counts toward which major and demonstrating that there are no overlaps. This form must be approved by both departments, and submitted to the Registrar’s office by the final study list deadline for the term in which a student intends to graduate.

Questions about how a double-major might fit with your Urban Studies interests?  Talk to a faculty advisor.

Alumni Claire Thielke and Debbie Warshawsky sitting on top of letters that spell 'city'
Alums, Claire Thielke and Debbie Warshawsky in Cincinnati - Claire Thielke

Additional opportunities and resources include: