What Can I Do With a Major In Urban Studies?

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Learn more about being an urban studies majorAll liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and urban studies majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include verbal and written communication skills, critical thinking and analytical skills, ability to formulate clear and persuasive messages, creative problem-solving skills, and ability to work well with diverse groups.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IES" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.            

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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 

Government & Law

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • GIS Intern, Historical Information Gatherers, Inc.
  • Planning Intern, City of Blaine
  • Student Intern, Assessor's Office, City of Minneapolis
  • Intern, 4th District Commissioner, Hennepin County
  • Legislative Intern, Office of Senator Scott J. Newman
  • Campaign Intern, Betsy Hodges for Mayor
  • Regulatory Services Operations and Business Improvement Intern, City of Minneapolis
  • Survey Crew Intern, City of White Bear Lake
  • Congressional Intern, District Office of Congressman Keith Ellison
  • Policy Intern, Organizing Apprenticeship Project
  • Food Waste Management Researcher, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

Entry-Level

  • Administrative Assistant, District Councils Collaborative of St. Paul and Minneapolis
  • Summer Reads Vista, AmeriCorps
  • Project Facilitator, City of Brooklyn Park
  • Development and Communications Associate, Minnesota Land Trust
  • Neighborhood Coordinator, Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association
  • Planner, Metro Transit
  • Housing Inspector I, City of Minneapolis
  • Research Assistant, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Experienced

  • Regional Planner, South Central Dakota Regional Council
  • Planning & Emergency Management Specialist, Wenck Associates, Inc.
  • Research Manager, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
  • Executive Director, West Broadway Business Area Coalition
  • City Planner, City of Osseo-MN
  • Senior Transportation Planner, State of Minnesota

Graduate Programs

  • MURP, University of Minnesota
  • MA Urban and Regional Planning, University of Minnesota
  • MA Public Administration, Hamline University
Nonprofit & Advocacy

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • Bicycle Intern, Southeast Como Improvement Association
  • Communications Intern, Southeast Como Improvement Association
  • Find Scholars Intern, Institute for Humane Studies
  • Political/Media Intern, Women in Law and Development in Africa (WILDAF)
  • Beyond Coal Intern, Sierra Club
  • Environmental Intern, Southeast Como Improvement Association
  • Supervised Visitation Intern, FamilyWise
  • Intern, American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa
  • Program Operations, Project Footsteps
  • Intern, Gardening Matters
  • HECUA Intern, Headwaters Foundation for Justice
  • Technical Director, Mahtomedi Soccer Association
  • History Day Mentor, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Community Building Intern, Southeast Como Improvement Association
  • Move MN Campaign Intern, Transit for Livable Communities
  • GIS Researcher, Minnesota Housing Finance Agency

Entry-Level

  • Neighborhood Coordinator, Lind-Bohanon Neighborhood Association
  • Assistant to the Coordinator of Student and Community Relations, University of Minnesota
  • Fellow, New Sector Alliance

Experienced

  • College and Career Counselor, Pillsbury United Communities
  • Executive Director, Dress for Success Twin Cities
  • Housing Case Manager, Our Saviours Housing Elca
Business

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required

Internships

  • International Trade Intern, U.S. Commercial Service

Entry-Level

  • Real Estate Research Analyst, Maxfield Research, Inc.
  • Business Systems Analyst, Metropolitan Council
  • Assistant Field Technician, SHORT Elliot Hendrickson, Inc.

Graduate Programs

  • Masters of Social Work, Augsburg University

 

The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.