Minor in Urban Studies

The Minor introduces students to the past, present, and future of urban life from the perspective of many different disciplines and methods.

This program is designed for students majoring in other areas, who are interested in cities and the way urbanization shapes historical and contemporary processes of social and environmental change.


The minor consists of 30 credits, of which 12 credits must be at the lower-level and 18 credits must be at the 300-level or above.

URST 200 / GEOG 250 and URST 400 or URST / GEOG 450 are mandatory core courses.

In addition to Geography courses, students may choose electives from a wide range of offerings across UBC, including:

  • History
  • Sociology
  • First Nations and Indigenous Studies
  • The School of Community and Regional Planning
  • Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies
  • Art History
  • Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice
  • Asian Studies
  • Urban Forestry
  • Anthropology
  • School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

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