Department of Geography and the Environment

Urban Geography

This track offers in-depth understanding of urban socio-spatial conditions and the forces shaping urban environments. Students explore urban growth and decline in developed countries and in the global south with attention to urban landscapes, urban cultures, political dynamics of urban communities, urban poverty, ethnic segregation, migration, transportation, housing, and the fiscal dilemmas faced by cities. This track prepares students for careers with state and metropolitan governments in public policy, city planning, regional development, and transportation planning, as well as diverse positions in the non-profit and private sectors.

Students selecting this track take courses such as:

GRG 307C: Intro to Urban Studies

GRG 336: Contemporary Cultural Geography

GRG 337: The Modern American City

GRG 356T: Human Health and Environment

GRG 356T: Society of Modern Mexico

GRG 356T: Urban Publics


Students may use the honors thesis sequence (GRG 679HA/HB) to meet one of the track requirements, again with an appropriate topic.


Note: In addition to the above, all geography majors must also complete the core requirements in Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Techniques.


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