The City as Our Classroom
photo by Stephen Geffre
Metro-Urban Studies is the study of cities as social, political, economic and cultural entities. As an interdisciplinary major, 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. Many students who major in Metro-Urban Studies double-major in related disciplines such as Environmental Studies, Political Science, or Sociology. Augsburg College’s Metro-Urban Studies program emphasizes the theme of planning metro areas to be healthier, more environmentally sustainable places that promote civic engagement of citizens.
Students who come to Augsburg College to study Urban Studies enjoy small class sizes where professors will know their names. We approach the study of urban issues in a holistic way that uses the Twin Cities as our classroom. Our coursework often includes walking tours, field trips and field research, including team-based research with community partners. Internships are a key aspect of the major in order to provide students with working experiences that reflect their potential career interests. Participating in study abroad courses and semesters abroad is also highly encouraged.
The Metro-Urban Studies major helps prepare students for careers and graduate work in urban planning, public administration, environmental studies, government, community organizing, social welfare, non-profit work, and architecture. All students participate in internships that reflect their career interests.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Nancy Fischer, Director of Metro Urban Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org.