I'm majoring in Urban Studies because by studying cities, we can begin to see the conglomeration and complexity of so many parts of humanity, gain insight into the notion of community, and understand the history and challenges of socioeconomic inequality.
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.
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).
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.
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.