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The City as Our Classroom

city-farmer-group-photoWhy Studies Urban Studies at Augsburg? Augsburg is a place where faculty will know you! We are a small program with faculty who have hands-on knowledge of urban issues. We can help you tailor your studies to your particular interests through class projects, internships, and off-campus study. Our graduates leave Augsburg well-prepared for urban-related careers in a variety of areas such as urban planning, affordable housing, and transportation management.

Students who come to Augsburg University to study Urban Studies also enjoy small class sizes . 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 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.

Urban Studies is the study of cities as social, political, economic and cultural entities. We are an interdisciplinary major, which means 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 Urban Studies double-major in related disciplines such as Environmental Studies, Political Science, or Sociology.  Augsburg University’s Urban Studies program emphasizes the theme of planning metro areas to be healthier, more environmentally sustainable places that promote civic engagement of citizens.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Nancy Fischer, Urban Studies Director at – we look forward to hearing from you!