Gain real world perspectives and theoretical knowledge as you investigate the complex relationship between political institutions, economic systems, ecological processes, physical structures, social relations and cultural understandings.
Across history, cities have been sites of basic innovation in economic, political and cultural life Marked by complex social diversity, striking contrasts of wealth and poverty, and a challenging array of planning and environmental dilemmas, cities are home to a growing majority of the world’s population who increasingly live in large metropolitan regions of several million people. These themes are the focus of York’s Urban Studies program which offers a study of the social and spatial fabrics of cities. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing on the work of scholars and researchers who have viewed the urban field from a range of perspectives in the social sciences and humanities. Its courses encourage a critical appreciation of the everyday life that we experience as Canadian city-dwellers and of the modern city in historical and comparative context, and they seek to explore future challenges that may confront city-building and urbanism. Many courses also stress field studies in the streets and neighbourhoods of Toronto.
Faculty: Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Double Major, International Bachelor of Arts (iBA), Minor
3, 4 yrs
Many of our graduates have used their Urban Studies degree to pursue fulfilling careers in the urban field. Various program alumni now work as urban planners, policy advisors, government and corporate administrators, researchers and research consultants, educators, real estate professionals, as well as other professions where their undergraduate studies served as a springboard.
|Community Developer||Cultural Consultant||Historical Site Coordinator|
|Industrial Relations Consultant||Market Researcher||Non-Profit Organization Director|
|Public Safety Consultant||Project Manager||Safety Analyst|
|UN Representative||Urban Disaster Analyst||Urban Planner|