Urban Studies Program

Info for Prospective Students

The Urban Studies Program is a vibrant, robust, interdisciplinary degree-granting undergraduate program. Over the past decade, the program has continued to grow and attract majors and our students are exceptional--energetic, intelligent, and interested in their work here at the University. Recent graduates have gone on to careers within the non-profit sector, many others have entered graduate school, and still others opted to volunteer for a year or two with organizations like AmeriCorps or Pulse. Ultimately, Urban Studies students are prepared to be responsible, engaged citizens when they graduate. Our alumni work for employers including community development corporations, private consulting firms, government and private planning departments, and local and state government offices.

Most of our students choose to double major or pursue various certificates in Sustainability, Historic Preservation, or the area studies of University Center for International Studies. They are active in the community as well as in various academic pursuits, and being involved with the community is critical for a student in relation to developing an understanding of their surrounding environment as Pittsburgh is the home to many non-profit opportunities. As a matter of fact, most Urban Studies classes require some community-based research project to enrich the relations within the immediate urban environment.

We understand that having options is essential to allowing students to fully explore their academic possibilities, and we are dedicated to providing our students with plenty of research opportunities. Professor Michael Glass and Professor Waverly Duck have each included students on recent research projects which have led to peer-reviewed publications--that means those students earned a resume-building publication credit before completing their undergraduate degrees. 

Meet Award-Winning Professor Michael Glass

Faculty member and advisor Professor Carolyn Carson meets at least twice a semester with our undergraduate majors, developing an understanding of their interests and needs. Her careful and consistent advising means the tailoring of students' curricula to meet their specific goals, resulting in graduates with a clear sense of direction regarding their future. This level of personalized advising can be expected for every prospective Urban Studies major and is a key element for allowing students to achieve their fullest potential while attending Pitt.

Considering Study Abroad? Last year alone, our students have studied in Nepal, Germany, England, Ireland, South Africa, Argentina,Tanzania, India, Italy, Peru, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Spain. We also provide students with the opportunity to build their own professional networks by requiring six hours of internship experience.

For more information about our department, or to schedule a visit or tour, please contact the Dietrich School's Manager of Undergraduate Recruitment, Nicole Horvath, at nicolehorvath@pitt.edu.