Urban Studies

Have you always been fascinated by cities, human communities and how these are created, evolve, expand and change? The city is a concept that many of us may take for granted, and yet the creation of cities and communities that serve as social, political, economic and scientific hubs has been one of our species’ most crucial and successful social experiments dating to the earliest of human settlements. By majoring in Urban Studies in the Department of Social Science you will study various aspects of the function and form of contemporary cities. You will benefit from the “hands-on” approach of the faculty and take advantage of one of the world’s most socially diverse urban settings, the Greater Toronto Area. You can further personalize your degree by focusing on one of three pathways: Global Urbanism; Urban Governance (Policy, Politics and Finance); and Urban community, Environment and Planning.

Career Options in Urban Studies

Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Urban Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers an Urban Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Urban Studies than others.

  • Author
  • Archivist
  • Communications Consultant
  • Community Developer
  • Cultural Consultant
  • Diplomat
  • Editor
  • Emergency Response Planner
  • Emergency Management Consultant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Historian
  • Historical Site Coordinator
  • Industrial Relations Consultant
  • International Aid Director
  • International Development Worker
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lobbyist
  • Magazine Contributor
  • Marketing Director
  • Market Researcher
  • Media Correspondent
  • Non-Profit Organization Director
  • Politician
  • Public Safety Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Researcher
  • Safety Analyst
  • Social Program Director
  • Statistician
  • Teacher
  • UN Representative
  • Urban Disaster Analyst
  • Urban Planner

Note: It is important to remember that some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above please consult the Career Cruising website, available to York University students using their Passport York account through https://passportyork.yorku.ca/ppylogin/ppylogin. You can also visit the National Occupational Classification website, available at www.hrsdc.gc.ca/noc.