What Can I Do With a Major In Urban Studies?
Urban Studies majors go on to successful careers in academics, advocacy, business, government, law, politics, public policy, research, publishing, and much more.
Students in the Urban Studies program can pursue a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.). See the Urban Studies site to learn about these options and their areas of focus.
All 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
- Listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills
- Creative problem-solving skills
- Ability to work well with diverse groups
- Independent, self-motivated work ethic
Interest Code: IES
Internship & Job Search Websites
- HECUA internship program
- USA Jobs
- Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
- Idealist (Nonprofit positions in the US and internationally)
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 urban studies alumni in all eight of the career fields). For more career information for urban studies majors, utilize these additional resources:
- What Can I Do With This Major - Find information about common career paths, employers, and strategies for how to build experience in different career fields
- LinkedIn's Alumni Tool - Explore thousands of alumni career pathways
- GoldPASS - Explore different job, internship, and volunteer opportunities as well as career events on campus
Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required