Minor in Urban Studies

The urban studies minor provides students with an opportunity to study cities, both in the United States and in other countries, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Courses integrate economic, sociological and political perspectives on urbanization processes and on urban issues.

The program allows students who are pursuing other majors to concentrate some of their study on the social and physical components of cities and to integrate general concepts, such as globalization, into an examination of the urban condition.  

Topics of Study

  • urban growth and development
  • urban political regimes
  • history of urban planning
  • problems of cities in developing countries
  • land use issues
  • housing policy
  • growth management

A complete listing of Minor in Urban Studies required courses can be viewed on UT's online catalog.

Career Opportunities

The urban studies minor, in conjunction with a relevant major, helps prepare students for graduate school in urban planning or public policy and equips them to begin careers in a variety of organizations, including:

  • public planning agencies
  • private land use consultants
  • real estate development companies
  • real estate appraisal companies

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • study abroad trips with UT faculty members
  • internship opportunities with organizations such as:
    • Hillsborough County Planning Commission
    • Metropolitan Planning Organization
    • private planning firms
    • regional planning council