Urban Studies Program


What is Urban Studies?

In this changing world, Pitt's Urban Studies major enables students to explore the fascinating complexities of urban environments.

What can I do with a degree in Urban Studies?

Urban Studies prepares graduates for a variety of fields and careers in the private, for-profit world as well as the public and private nonprofit sectors.

Urban Studies Updates:

  • In the Fall semester of 2014, Urban Studies students in Dr. Michael Glass' Urban Skills Seminar spent a semester researching the South Side and interviewing more than 2,000 people to capture how residents and visitors perceive the neighborhood. Members from the class presented their findings at City Council, and discussed their research on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR News Station. Congratulations to Dr. Glass and all of the students involved in the study! Check out this Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article to learn more about the findings.
  • Sage Lincoln, '16 (Urban Studies; Environmental Geology; Ecology & Evolution) has won the University of Pittsburgh’s 2015 Sustainability Award (student category) for her performance and leadership as the Student Sustainability Intern for Pitt’s Department of Housing. The Pitt Sustainable Awards program recognizes Pitt faculty, staff, students and groups who are making an extraordinary impact on campus sustainability. Sage was also recently awarded a 2015 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship for outstanding academic record and research in enviornmental studies. Sage is Pitt's eighth Udall undergraduate Scholar in the last 20 years. Read more about this scholarship and Sage's research. Congratulations, Sage!
  • Dr. Michael Glass (Lecturer – Urban Studies) has won the 2015 Tina and David Bellet Award for Teaching Excellence. The annual award recognizes outstanding and innovative teaching in undergraduate studies in the Deitrich School of Arts and Sciences.