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Penelope Edmonds

From New York, NY
Urban Studies provides a unique lens through which we can view cities, their policies, and how they have been socially constructed.

Adam Ellner

From Seattle, WA
I have always been fascinated by cities and the ways in which they function.

Elías Galvez-Arango

From Fountain Valley, CA
The Urban Studies major gives me the flexibility to explore the social sciences and humanities while still following a cohesive course of study.

Haley Hodge

From Woodside, CA
The moment that I discovered the Urban Studies major I knew it was what I wanted to do considering how perfect of a combination it is of my previously separate interests in architectural design and policy regarding social issues such as mass incarceration and public housing.

Merlin MacGillivray

From Cedar Falls, IA
I'm majoring in Urban Studies because the discipline brings many different fields together, endowing its students with a unique way of thinking about social issues. It combines design, history, sociology, literature, and more, to create an understanding of society at one of its most basic levels: human settlement.

Leila Mengesha

From Seattle, WA
When I discovered Urban Studies as a freshmen, it felt like the perfect intersection of my interests in history, urban inequality, and the physical and social segmentation of space. As an upperclassman, my Urban Studies classes remind me how much I love to learn, especially about the intersection of policy, community action, history, and justice.

Madeleine Morales

From San Diego, CA
I love the major's interdisciplinary approach to studying urban life, including the multiple methodologies it's exposed me to (anthropological, ecological, architectural, historical, sociological, and pedagogical).

Lexi Neilan

From Boston, MA
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.

Erik Strand

From Aurora, IL
I've always loved cities and this program gives me an incredible opportunity to study their designs and functions! Urban Studies combines many of my passions, such as education and criminal justice reform, and provides an excellent platform to examine equity in society.