Metro-Urban Studies is the study of cities as social, political, economic and cultural entities. Metro-Urban Studies brings many different perspectives to the study of urban life. It is an interdisciplinary major where students use the tools of sociology, political science, history, environmental studies, and architecture to understand metropolitan areas in terms of complex relationships that contribute to both opportunities and challenges.
The major is designed to utilize the city as our classroom, demonstrating the interplay of theory, policy and lived experience. Metro-Urban Studies coursework often includes walking tours, field trips and field research.
Augsburg College’s Metro-Urban Studies Program emphasizes the theme of planning metro areas to be more environmentally sustainable and be places that promote the health and civic engagement of citizens.