Major Requirements

Required courses for Pitt's Urban Studies major

The Urban Studies major requires the completion of 36 credits distributed as follows:

1. Urban Studies Courses (18 credits)

  • URBNST 0080 Introduction to Urban Studies  
  • URBNST 1102 Introduction to GIS or
  • URBNST 1104 Applied GIS
  • URBNST 1300 Urban Studies Research and Presentation Skills Seminar 
  • URBNST 1500 Urban Studies Research Seminar
  • URBNST 1900 Urban Studies Field Placement (6 credits)

2. Concentration (18 credits)

  • Community Organization
  • Comparative International Urbanism
  • Urban Policy and Administration
  • Urban Planning

Recommended Courses

Students are encouraged, but not required, to take

  • STAT 0200 or STAT 1000.
  • Urban Field Research Seminar URBNST 1200 

Rules and Other Requirements

Grade Requirements

A minimum QPA of 2.0 in departmental and concentration courses is required for graduation.

Writing (W) Requirement

Students must complete at least one (1) W-course in the major.

Related Area

A minimum of 12 credits is required in any one (1) Arts and Sciences department chosen in consultation with the major advisor. The completion of an official Arts and Sciences minor or an Arts and Sciences/UCIS certificate also satisfies this requirement. Particularly appropriate areas are: sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, Africana studies, and history, although students may consult with the advisor about other possibilities.

Study Abroad

It is desirable for students to add an international dimension to their undergraduate educations by participating in a study abroad program.

Urban Students Association

The Urban Students Association (urbanSA) is an official student organization formed by students in the Urban Studies Program. Through urbanSA, students have been actively involved in issues related to the major throughout the Pittsburgh region. urbanSA has invited guest speakers to appear on campus, organized field trips, and participated in numerous community projects. Please visit the urbanSA Web site.