Urban Studies

If cities fascinate you and you want some hands-on experience included in your course credits, the urban studies program is for you. This is a small program that gives students the opportunity to learn by doing. Our graduates have gone on to a variety of careers in such areas as planning, public relations, law, politics, real estate and community development.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Social Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Bachelor of Arts Programs

  • Urban Studies (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

The Urban Studies Program does not offer any courses at the first-year level.


Advice for First Year

First year requirements depend on whether students want to enter the specialist, major or minor options. If a student wants to enter the specialist they will need to have three full social science courses in first year. The major option requires two full social science courses in first year. The minor is the only option that requires only one full course.



Because the urban studies program is interdisciplinary, our graduates find employment in a variety of places. Much of this depends on the issues you as a student find most interesting. Students specializing in housing related studies may find employment with a public sector agency that regulates the provision of public housing, for example, or a private sector developer of high-rise condominium projects.

Students specializing in urban environmental issues may find work developing urban sustainability plans for municipalities, or assisting private sector developers meet government requirements for the remediation and re-use of contaminated lands. 

Many of our graduates decide to continue with their studies in graduate and/or professional programs. Historically, about one third of our graduates go on to graduate school, usually to pursue degrees in planning, architecture, or law.


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year