The Urban Studies major is for people who are fascinated by and inquisitive about cities and urban life. Interests may range from their physical form and ecology to their built environment in architecture, streets and sidewalks, housing and transit systems, and to the people, neighborhoods, and institutions that make up the mosaic of a city’s diversity. The major allows the student to explore all aspects of cities, their problems and promises, from the personal networks of local neighborhoods to the economic interdependence of global cities, and the role that cities have played in the history of civilizations and their creative cultural role for the world’s future. Northwestern’s urban studies major draws on its unique setting within the City of Evanston, Chicagoland, and the numerous local and national internships, and international programs offered by the University.

Northwestern's Gateway

From local neighborhoods...

...to global cities