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Urban Studies Undergraduate Program

Urban Studies Program Information

The Urban Studies Program is an undergraduate interdisciplinary course of study leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies.  The program also offers a minor course of study in the field. 

To learn if a BA in Urban Studies is for you, view an informational brochure.

The Urban Studies program is flexible enough to serve a wide variety of student needs and interests. The "urban" in Urban Studies includes learning about suburban and exurban issues as well as studying the structure, condition and future of the central city.  That is, students explore the spatial patterning of metropolitan systems as well as the inner-life of individual cities. Classes examine cities and their regions in historical context and in an international and comparative manner.  Students will examine economic, political and cultural concerns, and explore practical solutions to current urban problems.  As a highly interdisciplinary program, students are required to take courses in at least five separate disciplines, but may, with elective requirements, take courses in many more disciplines.

The Urban Studies degree prepares students for:

  • advanced training in traditional academic disciplines, or professional activities with an urban orientation
  • advanced training in specialized academic disciplines with urban foci, including law, public administration, and urban planning
  • the wide variety of vocations present in an urban setting
  • citizenship in an urban world

View a program brochure to learn more about the Urban Studies curriculum, and a list of required courses and electives.

Get Graduate Credit as you complete your BA! Enroll in the AGRADE Program

The Urban Studies Program participates in the Accelerated Graduate Enrollment Program (AGRADE), which allows undergraduate students who wish to pursue graduate study, to take up to 15 credit hours which count simultaneously toward each course of study.  An 'AGRADE' applicant may apply for acceptance to the unit offering the graduate degree no earlier than the semester in which ninety credits are completed. Applicants must have an overall grade point average at the cum laude level and not less than a 3.6 grade point average in the major courses already completed. For more information on the AGRADE program, click here.


For more information about the BA in Urban Studies, please contact Jeff Horner, Director of Urban Studies, at jeffhorner@wayne.edu or 313.577.0194.

For further information on the program visit the links below:

Urban Studies & Planning
656 W. Kirby 3198 Faculty Admin Building
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 577-2701
Fax: (313) 577-0022
Website: clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/dusp
Email: DUSP@wayne.edu