Urban Studies Program Admission

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The Urban Studies major is offered in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters.

Urban Studies

Students interested in career opportunities in the urban setting should consider a major in urban studies. This interdisciplinary major focuses on the urban community, its environment, and its problems and challenges.

An understanding of the adaptations humans have made in past and present societies to the conditions of urban life serves as the basis for a study of broad issues and theoretical concerns. Students explore such topics as urban origins, migrations and ethnicity, economic conditions, spread of cities, types of urban personalities and groups, power structures and reform movements. Specialized training is provided in methods of analytical research in urban studies.

In lectures, class discussions, and practical field studies connected with specific courses, students have the opportunity to gain knowledge regarding urban problems and analyze areas such as housing, land use and growth, border issues, organization and management of urban governments, transportation, urban decline, neighborhoods, recreation, and social conflict. Problems and proposed solutions are evaluated. Discussions often center on the city of San Diego and urban areas within the State of California.

Urban studies is administered by the Urban Studies Committee, chaired by the urban studies program coordinator. Advising for the major is handled by the Department of Geography.

The Urban Studies Program Faculty advises all Urban Studies major students in matters related to procedure, administration, and processing of official programs of study. In matters related to the substance and content of specific courses, students are encouraged to seek the advice of appropriate faculty.

The Co-Chairs and Undergraduate Advisor for the Urban Studies Program are as follows:

Dr. Fernando Bosco


Associate Professor of Geography
Co-Chair and Undergraduate Advisor for the Urban Studies Program
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-7187
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Dr. Pascale Joassart


Associate Professor of Geography
Co-Chair for the Urban Studies Program
Department of Geography
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182
Phone: (619) 594-0906
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