Overview

What are the career paths for graduates in Urban Studies from The College of Wooster?

A large percentage of all graduates from The College of Wooster continue their studies the nation’s top graduate and professional schools and Urban Studies graduates are no exception. Our graduates go on to study urban planning, urban design, community development, architecture, law, business, education, and public policy. Some use their degrees to pursue careers in the non-profit sector, government, or real-estate development.

Urban Studies at The College of Wooster: A Global Approach

A truly multidisciplinary program, Urban Studies at Wooster is centered in a strong foundation in the social sciences. Students take classes in sociology, economics and political science along with courses and electives that help students focus on their individual passions.

Students can choose one of four focus areas in Urban Studies:

  • Urban Affairs and Policy features sociology, economics, and political science courses, as well as courses that give an in-depth understanding of statistical, quantitative, and qualitative methods. Future career possibilities for students in this track include city planning, city and regional administration, non-profit management, community development, or environmental management.
  • Social Justice and the City provides the same foundational work in urban studies with an emphasis on social justice. Students pursuing this track are typically drawn to careers in non-profit management, community development or social work.
  • Global Urban Processes asks students to explore global issues while learning about urban affairs and building skills in research methods. Students on this track will be well poised to build careers in urban planning, administration, and research.
  • Environmental Sustainability and Urbanism combines urban studies with environmental studies, giving students a multidisciplinary approach to understanding the complexity of human interactions with the natural world. Students on this track are drawn to careers in sustainable urban planning, urban ecology, landscape planning, or environmental urban policy.

Urban Studies off-campus

Students can expect to engage directly with a city experientially during their studies at Wooster. Many students opt for study abroad through programs with support from the College in cities like Copenhagen and Berlin. The off-campus study experience gives students a global perspective and the research they complete abroad often serves as the basis for their senior independent study projects. Student can also complete a full-credit, one-semester internship in a field related to urban studies.


Faculty

Heather Fitz-Gibbon

Heather Fitz Gibbon

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Department Chair of Urban Studies

hfitzgibbon@wooster.edu

Hamed Goharipour

Hamed Goharipour

Assistant Professor of Urban Studies

hgoharipour@wooster.edu

gray silhouette outline of a person

Santha Schuch

Administrative Coordinator - Africana Studies, Archaeology, East Asian Studies, Middle Eastern & North African Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology and Anthropology, South Asian Studies, Urban Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

sschuch@wooster.edu


Latest News

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye '95, photo by @marcgoldbergphotography

Urban studies alumna confronts housing inequity in New York City

After graduating from The College of Wooster, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye ’95 immediately knew she wanted to move to New York City and begin a career […]

Kiera Wright

There’s No Place Like Cohousing: A Study of the Location of Cohousing in the United States

Name: Keira Wright Major: Urban Studies Advisors: Dr. Heather Fitz Gibbon, Dr. Hamed Goharipour This study examines where cohousing develops in the United States […]

Christina Bowerman ’13

Service year adviser for City Year connects with Wooster students

Christina Bowerman ’13 supports future City Year members including Keira Wright ’21

Major

The Urban Studies program provides an interdisciplinary major combined with an off-campus urban experience. Urban Studies is sponsored by the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology and administered by a faculty committee.

The Urban Studies major allows students to gain a perspective on the different urban phenomena that crucially affect the quality of life of those living in cities, and to relate their liberal education to specific and real human concerns. The Urban Studies major provides a social-scientific core from which students may elect to branch out into various curricular tracks that either broaden the disciplinary bases of urban understanding or deepen competence within a particular discipline.

The major consists of fourteen courses in addition to off-campus study.

View Courses

Minor

The Urban Studies program provides both an interdisciplinary major and an off-campus urban experience for non majors. The minor consists of six courses, including training in GIS and a global, multi-disciplinary perspective. Requirements for the minor include:

URBN 10100 – Contemporary Urban Issues
URBN 10200 – World Cities
SOCI 20800 – Social Justice and the City
ESCI 25000 – Intro to Geographic Info Systems
Two electives (URBN 301: Urban Studio is recommended to those who are interested in practical aspects of Urban Studies)

Independent Study

In the senior year, each student works with a faculty mentor to conduct an intensive investigation into a subject of the student’s choosing, which results in the Independent Study thesis. Independent Studies in Urban Studies are expected to be interdisciplinary, and include the analysis of original data on urban problems or phenomena. Recent students have explored issues including gentrification, creative place-making, spatial inequalities, and graffiti in urban spaces.

 

 

Search the I.S. Database

Student Year I.S. Title Major 1 Major 2 Advisor
Please search to view results

Related Articles

Kiera Wright

There’s No Place Like Cohousing: A Study of the Location of Cohousing in the United States

Name: Keira Wright Major: Urban Studies Advisors: Dr. Heather Fitz Gibbon, Dr. Hamed Goharipour This study examines where cohousing develops in the United States […]

Alumni

A large percentage of all graduates from The College of Wooster continue their studies the nation’s top graduate and professional schools and Urban Studies graduates are no exception.

Urban Studies graduates from Wooster can be found in leadership roles in federal urban public policy, city planning and management, and design and architecture.


Related Articles

Rasmia Kirmani-Frye '95, photo by @marcgoldbergphotography

Urban studies alumna confronts housing inequity in New York City

After graduating from The College of Wooster, Rasmia Kirmani-Frye ’95 immediately knew she wanted to move to New York City and begin a career […]

Christina Bowerman ’13

Service year adviser for City Year connects with Wooster students

Christina Bowerman ’13 supports future City Year members including Keira Wright ’21