Prospective Students

What is the Urban Studies Program?

 The Urban Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program, integrating classes from a variety of departments in the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at LMU. The Urban Studies Program offers both a major and a minor—concentrations providing Urban Studies students with an in-depth understanding of contemporary cities and the process of urbanization. Urban Studies students encounter a comprehensive academic program with ambitious student learning outcomes in terms of the knowledge, skills, and values developed through the program’s courses.


Why major or minor in Urban Studies at LMU? Because you…

are interested in cities and want to be involved in their planning, development, governance, and improvement

recognize that cities are home to the vast majority of the world’s population and increasingly the focus of the new global economy

want to help solve some of the world’s most critical problems—problems related to transportation, housing, economic change, demographic change, and other urban issues

are concerned about the welfare of diverse groups of underrepresented individuals and communities in the world’s cities

want to live in and study one of the world’s most important and exciting cities, Los Angeles—the prototype of postmodern urbanism in a rapidly-globalizing world

are looking for a liberal arts major, with a broad interdisciplinary focus, that offers practical career preparation and real opportunities for employment upon graduation


How Can You Become an Urban Studies Major or Minor?

 Current LMU students, in good academic standing, may declare a major or minor in Urban Studies by simply completing a Change of Program Petition. This form is available from the Office of the Registrar or the office of your college dean.

 Transfer students may declare a major or minor in Urban Studies when they complete their application materials for LMU. Transfer students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Urban Studies Program curriculum and the University's core curriculum requirements as they complete courses prior to enrolling at LMU. If you are attending a community college in California, your institution may have an articulation agreement with LMU that will assist you in selecting courses that satisfy LMU core and major requirements.

 High school students who want to major in Urban Studies at LMU should insure their high school program meets all of the undergraduate admissions requirements for LMU. Additionally, they should select classes, where possible, that will provide them with an introduction to the nature of local governments and social issues. Extracurricular activities that address urban social issues and/or student government may be useful preparation for understanding the nature of urban issues and city government.


Where Can I Get More Information?

 For more information on admissions to the LMU Urban Studies Program or to arrange a visit, please contact Dr. Peter Hoffman, the Program Director.