Peer Advisors

Contact any of the peer advisors if you have a question about the major and would like a student perspective!

Interested in becoming a peer advisor?  It’s a great way to be involved in the major, meet new people, and spread the word about Urban Studies!  Applications are due in May and are available here.

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: Urban Studies combines my interests in urban sociology, urban planning, real estate development, and sustainable design. I felt that it was the perfect major to learn about and actively work on addressing real-world issues.

What I like best about Urban Studies: The interdisciplinary, flexible nature of the program that ensures I can pursue coursework and projects in fields I'm actually interested in while gaining industry skills and academic experience. The small major size also allows for the creation of a strong community of ...


Hometown: San Clemente, CA

Pronouns: she/her

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I love how the Urban Studies program provides an interdisciplinary education that values sustainability, design, and social justice! I was able to create my own self-designed concentration in Urban Health that allowed me to explore my interests in public health, the built environment, and environmental justice. Because of the flexibility of the major, you're able to take courses across different schools and majors and learn from a wide array of professors across different fields.The core courses are also ...

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Why are you majoring in Urban Studies?

Like a lot of people, I was first drawn to Urban Studies because it allowed me to explore all the different things I was interested in without having to quadruple major! I still love how interdisciplinary it is, but I now have a greater appreciation for how many tools the program gives you (policy, history, data, design, etc) to meaningfully engage with the systems, environments, and issues that shape people's lives and livelihoods. It also provides such a wonderful community of thoughtful, creative, and conscientious people!


Pronouns: they/them

Hometown: Reno, Nevada 

Why I'm majoring in Urban Studies: I have always been fascinated in where/how people live and call home! I have been fortunate to have visited my parents' home cities in Bolivia and Peru, and the history, how they were developed, and how people get around was very interesting to me. In Reno, being aware of politics, school zoning, history, and the gradual economic change also supported my interest in Urban Studies.

What I like best about Urban Studies: I love the flexibility and range that Urban Studies has! I think there is something for ...