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Careers and Alumni

The Urban Studies major is not a narrow, pre-professional education, but a broad liberal arts degree combined with valuable, transferable skills.  

Jane Lopez : Sociologist

Careers after graduate school

Jane Lopez, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Brigham Young University

Our alumni network covers a wide range of fields and economic sectors, including: 

The Non-Profit Sector, including Community Service and Philanthropy
Urban Planning in the Public or Private Sector
Real Estate: Development, Consulting, and Management
  • Mikiko Corporation (Honolulu, HI)
  • Heitman (Chicago, IL)
  • Solarium Properties (Boca Raton, FL)
  • Grubb & Ellis (San Jose, CA)
  • The Rose Company (Columbia, MD)
  • The Orosco Group (Monterey, CA)
  • Deutsche Bank Real Estate (New York, NY)
  • Arthur Andersen (San Francisco, CA)
  • The Concord Group (San Francisco, CA)
Architecture and Urban Design
Business and Finance
Education and Research
Lobbying, Government
Medicine and Health
Arts and Design
  • Design in Wood (Petaluma, CA)
  • Regional Arts Coordinator (Portland, OR)
  • KBIK Films (San Francisco, CA)
  • Federated Department Stores – Macy’s West (San Francisco, CA)
  • Write On Freelance (Corona del Mar, CA)

Career Resources

Here are a few selected resources for jobs and internships in fields of interest to many Urban Studies students.

Resources for the Nonprofit Sector

Resources for the Public (Government) Sector


Hear from our Alumni:

What has your background in Urban Studies has done for you?

Allowed me to leverage my writing and research skills to build one of tech industry's first government relations programs in the 1980s. I still travel a lot and every time I visit a city, I see the architecture, transit systems and commercial core through the eyes of an Urban Studies major.
Mark Albertson: Journalist & TV Producer
Mark Albertson
Journalist & TV Producer