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City and Community

Are you interested in improving cities and empowering your community? The Sociology Major provides an excellent foundation for urban careers! Our urban courses feature experiential learning opportunities like walking tours, visits with local organizations and change makers, and problem-solving class projects that improve our campus. If you’re interested in cities, you may enjoy working for city government in areas such as housing, transportation, or urban planning. Our alumni work in urban environmental sustainability, housing assistance, transportation planning, refugee assistance, urban planning, and in community organizing. This interest track works well with double major or minor in Urban Studies.

If you’re interested in an urban career, check out the following classes as you complete your Sociology Major and talk with Nancy Fischer (

Essential Courses:

  • City Life: Intro. to Urban Sociology (COM 111)
  • Race, Class, and Gender (SOC 265)
  • Disaster and Resilience (SOC 380)
  • City and Regional Planning (SOC 381)
  • Internship in Urban-Related Organizations (SOC 399)

Relevant Courses:

Inside Sociology:

  • Intersections of Race and Immigration (SOC390)
  • Another Future is Possible: Sustainable Solutions in Amsterdam and Rotterdam (SOC 295)

Outside Sociology:

  • Social Justice in Urban America (POL 122)
  • History of Architecture after 1750 (ART 244)
  • U.S. Environmental History (HIS 316)
  • Designed Environment (ART 249/349)


  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) classes (Macalester, St. Thomas)
  • Study abroad opportunities in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad or in Berlin, Germany with IES.