What is Urban Studies?
For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s population now lives in cities. As a consequence, the problems and possibilities of cities and urban life will be dominate themes in the 21st Century. No matter what your interests are—in politics, in business, in the arts and culture, in economics, in the law, in education, in social problems and issues, in the environment, in criminal justice, in real estate, or in planning—the context will inevitably be urban.
The interdisciplinary Urban Studies program of Loyola Marymount University develops skills that will prove useful in many careers or graduate school programs: written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking skills, research skills, GIS expertise, problem-solving strategies, planning strategies, and the ability to work effectively in diverse groups. Additionally, internship and research opportunities enable urban studies majors to acquire practical experience that are directly transferable to many career paths and graduate education programs.
What Do Urban Studies Majors Do?
Urban Studies majors examine urbanization and its associated social, cultural, economic, and demographic processes. They look at the structures and expressions of urbanization and urban life associated with modern and postmodern cities in the U.S. and around the world.
They learn the common theories, practices, and methodologies employed in contemporary urban planning and policy analysis. Urban Studies majors also explore the basic research questions and agendas associated with urban issues, and the general expressions of urbanization and urban life in Los Angeles.
Is This Major Right for You?
You might be an Urban Studies major if you:
- Enjoy big-picture issues
- Are fascinated by cities
- Want to learn more about urban planning, urban geography, urban policy, and local governance
- Value community-based participation
- Are analytical
About Our Faculty
Our faculty members are experts in the wide range of fields and topics related to urban life, including urban geography, urban planning, urban ecology, community redevelopment, historic preservation, economic development, urban sustainability, and urban greenspace in the United States and abroad.
Our faculty travel extensively; do research, planning, and community service work; serve on boards and city commissions; publish in leading peer-reviewed and professional journals such as Urban Geography and Environment and Planning; and provide expert opinion to local and national media outlets including the Los Angeles Times and New York Times.
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- The Urban World
- Urban Analysis
- Metropolitan Los Angeles
- Urban Planning
- Environmental Planning
- Community Development
- 48 months
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DisciplinesPublic Policy Urban Planning View 322 other Masters in Public Policy in United States
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Common Application and LMU Supplement
- International students are not required to submit the SAT or ACT to complete their application to LMU
- Provide Proof of English Proficiency
- Submit Transcripts
- Submit a letter of recommendation with your application
International52553 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 52553 USD per year during 48 months.
National52553 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 52553 USD per year during 48 months.
Living costs for Los Angeles
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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