Urban Society and Social Change
Urban Studies provides a unique lens through which we can view cities, their policies, and how they have been socially constructed.
I decided to minor in Urban Studies to incorporate a more interpersonal and historical approach with my scientific background. I also believe that the future of sustainable development depends on the urban population, and thus studying urban social and political dynamics will help me develop a holistic understanding to the subject.
No matter how much we avoid them, our lives will be intertwined with cities and the amenities they offer.
The best part of Urban Studies surrounds the real-world connections. Learning about past successes and failures involved in urban spaces allows me to pick and choose my favorite parts of existing cities while imagining possibilities for future urban spaces.
Urban Studies uses an interdisciplinary approach to discuss solutions to problems we would otherwise accept.
Why I'm minoring in Urban Studies: As cities are globalizing and becoming more urban, there is a need for us to address the challenges that come with such growth. As a Human Biology major, I am passionate about public health, specifically about creating healthy environments that foster healthy communities. I understand that in order to address such challenges, I need to deepen my understanding of how our cities work.
Urban Studies combines all
of the positive aspects of the various fields of study that appeal to me--
including history, sociology, and public policy-- into a single discipline
that when applied to the real world leads us as students to ask important
questions about our society.
Cities are an incredibly important part of our planet, and their influence will only continue to grow as our world becomes more and more urbanized.
"Urban Studies at Stanford feels like a family."
"My career goal is to become an urban/community planner to help create cities that cater to the diverse spectrum of people who live there."