Program Overview

Bachelor of Arts
Department Chair Name
Glen Halva-Neubauer
Lori Schoen

What is an urban studies degree?

Urban studies gives us the understanding and tools to responsibly navigate our built environment – one that pivots on history, economics, sociology, geography, political science and anthropology – and prepares students to enter the professional fields of urban planning, architecture and urban design.

Why study urban studies at Furman?

Through a multidisciplinary approach, urban studies students gain a broad and deep understanding of the issues facing urban areas, including commercial real estate, urban planning, the social and environmental impacts of urban growth, and social justice issues focused on the city. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Pair newfound knowledge of urban studies with skills from statistics to GIS while conducting research with professors. Apply new competencies locally through internships that address affordable housing, public transportation, gentrification and sustainable cities. Study city planning writ large in Barcelona, Spain, learn about sustainable urban design in Australia and Denmark, or survey architecture in Japan. Learn the ropes of commercial real estate through an internship in Edinburgh, Scotland. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Featured urban studies courses

  • 88%
    Students who participate in any engaged learning experience
  • 72%
    Students who participate in an internship
  • 40%
    Students who study away

What our students say

“I had always been fascinated with the everyday operations and the political, financial and social matters that take place within a community. Urban studies is amazing because it’s a curriculum that incorporates multiple academic disciplines and shows how those subjects play integral roles in the urban environment.”
– Jordan Harris ’21

Our faculty

Matthew Cohen

Associate Professor, Sustainability Science

Glen Halva-Neubauer


M. Taha Kasim

Robert E. Hughes Associate Professor of Economics

Suresh Muthukrishnan

Professor and Chair of Earth, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences Department; Director of GIS and Remote Sensing Center

Mike Winiski

Director, Center for Applied Sustainability Research
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Urban Studies Major F.A.Q.