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What will I learn?

Urban Studies is a broad interdisciplinary program designed to provide an integrated understanding of the social, political, economic, environmental and cultural processes that shape urban life, with particular attention paid to how these processes operate in space and time. Cities are sites of great cultural and ethnic diversity, economic innovation and inequality, cultural expression, resource consumption, wealth generation, and political conflict and cooperation. Today most developed societies are predominantly urban, even as global processes increasingly shape them. The processes that shape urban life play a critical role in shaping the sustainability of societies. Indeed, it is impossible to understand sustainability issues without understanding the organization of cities. The Urban Studies program provides a strong background for students interested in working in both public and private sector fields including urban and regional planning, public policy, architecture, environmental design, economic development, city administration, social services, cultural programming, urban politics, law, and education.

Courses you'll take:

Introduction to Geospatial Methods, Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, The Gendered City, The Human Environment, Introduction to Cities

Career opportunities

​As an Urban Studies graduate, you'll be prepared for career opportunities in areas such as the civil service, the non-profit sector, and the business world. A degree in Urban Studies can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Spring fee: CAN $2,017.20 (3 units); Winter fee: CAN $1,925.52 (3 units)
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022

Venue

Faculty of Arts

Social Sciences Building, Room 102,

618 Campus Place NW,

CALGARY,

Alberta (AB),

T2N 1N4, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Canada grade 12 or have recently completed high school. English Language Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 86; TOEFL PBT – 560; IELTS Academic - 6.5; CAEL – 70; MELAB – 85; PTE – 60; Cambridge English Language Assessment: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) – 180; Cambridge English Language Assessment: Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) – 180.

For international students

Entry requirements may vary from country to country. Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Canada grade 12 or have recently completed high school.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL iBT - 86

TOEFL PBT - 560

IELTS Academic - 6.5

CAEL - 70

MELAB - 85

PTE - 60

Cambridge English Language Assessment: Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) – 180

Cambridge English Language Assessment: Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) – 180

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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