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Why Choose Urban Studies and Community Development?

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Cities are fluidly human as over 80% of the U.S. population lives in urban regions. Hubs of employment, hotbeds of innovation, they showcase grand achievement and the revenge of unintended effects. Like living museums, cities explain how traffic and asphalt influence human behavior and how global forces shape our local communities.

We believe in cities healthy and sustainable where commerce and democracy thrive. The 120-credit degree uses a booming mid-sized city to illustrate metropolitan trends. Students receive a strong set of course skills and then tailor their major by selecting from a menu of coursework in the social science, humanities, business, and community health. Workshops hone skills and extend the classroom. Internships connect students with employers, grounding the study of cities in the geography of a physical place.

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