Undergraduate Advisement Center

Dear Urban Studies Majors or Minors,

On behalf of the faculty in Urban Studies, we wish to welcome you to the Department! Congratulations on choosing an interdisciplinary social science program emphasizing the creation of real-world solutions to social and economic problems for our urbanizing world. We look forward to working with you.

We hope that our goals for you are similar to your own: to learn about the field of urban studies, to develop professional knowledge and skills, to complete your degree in a timely and efficient manner, and to enjoy yourself along the way.

Urban Studies faculty members are committed to advising and working with you to guide your progress.  Although some of you may already be familiar with planning a schedule and registering for classes, we encourage you to meet with an advisor every semester.  Our faculty advisors will give you individualized advice regarding the Urban Studies curriculum.   We can also give you career advice and help you to explore other options such as graduate and professional school.

If you have not done so already, please contact one of us immediately to set up an appointment.  We provide our contact information below.

Yours sincerely,

Scott Larson, Undergraduate Advisor | Office Hours: Mondays 11 am – 5:30 pm, Wednesdays 11 am – 4 pm, and by appointment

Glenn Dyer, Undergraduate Advisor | Office Hours: Tuesdays 11 am – 4 pm and by appointment

Alice Sardell, Evening Undergraduate Advisor



How do I become an Urban Studies Major?
To become an urban studies major, you must complete a Declaration of Undergraduate Major/Minor form and have it signed by an Undergraduate Advisor or the Department Chair. This form should be filed with the Office of the Registrar.

Download the form

Can I double-major?
Of course. You might want to major in both Urban Studies and another, related Social Science such as Political Science, Sociology, Environmental Studies, or Labor Studies. You might also consider combining an Urban Studies major with a minor in Journalism, Africana Studies, Labor Studies, Environmental Studies, or Asian-American Community Studies. Be sure to consult with your advisor in BOTH departments or programs.

Can I minor in Urban Studies?

Of course! The minor consists of 18 credits in Urban Studies, including:

  • Urban Studies 101: Urban Poverty and Affluence
  • Urban Studies 200: Urban Research Methods
  • Either:
  1. Urban Studies 105: Urban Politics
  2. Urban Studies 221: Making Public Policy
  3. or Urban Studies 330W: Contemporary Urban Theory
  • At least three other Urban Studies courses at the 200 level or above.

To declare Urban Studies as your minor, you must complete a Declaration of Undergraduate Major/Minor form and have it signed by an Undergraduate Advisor or the Department Chair. This form should be filed with the Office of the Registrar.

Working with an Advisor 

Urban Studies Majors and Minors should meet with your Undergraduate Advisor regularly, preferably at least once each semester. It is especially important to meet with an Undergraduate Advisor in the year before you plan on graduating. Before you are allowed to graduate, the Advisors review your transcript to make sure that you have fulfilled all of your major or minor requirements.

Students who take most of their courses during the day should contact Jeff Maskovsky ; students who take most of their courses at night should contact Alice Sardell.



Our student handbook is designed to help students plan their courses of study in the Department of Urban Studies. It describes in detail the department’s policies and resources. All undergraduate majors and minors can download the handbook here.

If you have any questions about the undergraduate program, please contact  Jeff Maskovsky  or Alice Sardell.

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