Career Exploration

For more information on what you can do with a major in urban studies, visit CLA Career Services or explore GoldPASS, the U of M's exclusive online career database.

Career development is a lifelong process of self-discovery, career exploration, gaining meaningful experiences, intentional reflection, and career decision-making and planning. Utilize CLA Career Services staff and resources to help you navigate your career exploration and post-graduation planning process. You may use Career Services for one year post-graduation.


Urban studies majors go on to be involved in a number of different professional fields, as planners in the public and private sectors, lawyers, market researchers, social workers, teachers, environmental analysts, land developers, and more. The coursework you pursue provides a great foundation for many areas of interest upon graduation. The skills you gain in critical thinking and analysis, persuasion, problem-solving, and verbal and written communication will be immediately applicable as you enter your field.


In addition, what you do outside of the classroom can improve your confidence, enhance your skills, and build your resume. Therefore, we encourage you to seek out real-world experience through research opportunities, community engagement, and internships to help you feel confident in your decision upon graduation. Students may also gain valuable and relevant skills in urban studies with an independent study or through the learning abroad program.


Prioritize your next steps by building an effective strategy for applying to graduate programs, jobs, and/or service opportunities. You are encouraged to schedule an individual appointment with a CLA Career Counselor and attend upcoming employer and career events and workshops to start building a network. 

CLA Career Services
411 Bruininks Hall

Career Counselor, Department of Geography, Environment & Society
Contact Marlena Yang for specialized career and graduate planning for urban studies majors.