Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies

Program Overview

The Urban Studies Program offers a degree leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma.  The program teaches about urban dynamics that shape our cities, locally and globally.  It includes the study of cities and the urban society from a variety of perspectives: historical, physical, environmental, social, economic and political.  Course topics include urban society and culture, urban environmental issues, planning race and poverty, and economic development.  Graduates are qualified for public or private-sector jobs in areas such as housing and community development, planning, transportation, government agencies, and social services. The program is also excellent preparation for those interested in graduate study in such fields as public administration, law or urban planning/design.


Advantages of our program

  • Urban setting
  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible class offerings
  • Close interaction with faculty and staff
  • Diverse and growing student body
  • Collaboration with communities and institutions
  • Career and graduate school workshops
  • Interdisciplinary and innovative course of study
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Scholarship opportunities


Urban Studies Statistics

Data reported for autumn quarter for the year noted, unless otherwise specified.

Student Headcount  
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
67 85 93 92 81 75 76 100
Degrees Awarded Since 2002
Professors 4
Assoc. Professors 4
Asst. Professors 3
Full Time Lecturers 1
Part Time Lecturers 3
Staff 3