Urban Studies | Majors & Minors

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Urban Studies
Christine Drennon
Trinity University
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
210-999-8501
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The Urban Studies program has a long and distinguished history at Trinity. Established in the 1960s in response to civil unrest, the program explores the global phenomenon of urbanization - how the scale and consequences of urban life shape individuals and societies on every continent. Whether students pursue a major or minor in Urban Studies, they will be immersed in a rich curriculum that will increase their understanding of the central urban influences in their lives, as citizens of an urban nation, and as residents of an increasingly urbanized world.


Trinity's host city, San Antonio, Texas, the nation's seventh largest city, provides Urban Studies students a vital resource and laboratory for excellent hands-on opportunities. With community-based research, required internships, and outstanding academic courses to engage students in critical discussions. Students can also participate in the Trinity Project, a community-based neighborhood improvement initiative launched under Trinity University leadership. Students also enjoy the many events and activities of the Urban Studs Club.

Drawing faculty from numerous academic departments on campus, the program provides students a thorough examination of the many disciplines and issues involved in urban studies. The Urban Studies curriculum, major, and requirements consist of a four required courses including an internship, a methods class, and a senior research seminar. It also consists of five courses in one's concentration, and two electives, totaling 34 credit hours.

Trinity's Urban Studies program prepares students for work in the public and private sectors, as well as for graduate study. Students in the program have a strong interest in giving back and making an impact, which is evident in the career paths of our Alumni including business, teaching, public health, public policy, community development, and law.

Above, a student rides public transportation as part of the Urban Studies program in order to get a sense of how commuters make their way to destinations throughout the day.