An interdisciplinary, undergraduate program at Stanford that combines academic approaches with real-world experience to understand cities, suburbs, and other settlements.
Why the Urban Studies program?
If you’ve ever wondered why people live in cities (or suburbs), how the built environment shapes behavior, or how to address complex problems like urban poverty, gentrification, climate change, or educational inequality, Urban Studies may be for you.
Classes Types and Concentrations
Our students take a common set of prerequisite and core classes, as well as skills classes in research methods and Geographic Information Systems. This work provides the basis for a specialization in one of our six concentration areas:
- Cities in Comparative and Historical Perspective
- Race, Ethnicity, and Urban Life
- Urban Education
- Urban Society and Social Change
- Urban Sustainability and
Service Learning and Capstone
Our graduates go on to graduate schools in urban planning, architecture, law, business, education, and public policy; others go into careers in the non-profit sector, consulting, government, and real estate development.