Urban and Metropolitan Studies, BA

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Do you daydream about improving your community? As the population in urban areas grows, so does the demand for leaders who are skilled to solve the challenges such growth generates. Through hands-on coursework and convenient internships, this program can help you begin a career that allows you to influence change.

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, the BA program in urban and metropolitan studies is for students who have a yearning to study and understand urban theory in order to effectively address the challenges of rapid growth along with other contemporary urban issues.

Students discover what makes the city tick --- and the city is their classroom. They examine challenges and solutions by researching history, society, culture, economy and politics in order to understand urban theory, and they use that knowledge to get involved in their communities. This gives them an outlet through which they can experience practical ways of solving complex problems faced by metropolitan regions. The students are invested in their neighborhoods. Many of them live and work downtown and they learn how to improve urban health and well-being, often training themselves to be the future leaders of urban environments. Others focus on making a wide variety of other contributions to society, studying the role of arts and culture, business and property development, revitalization and community-building in the life of the region.

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Urban and Metropolitan Studies, BA

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Career outlook

The urban and metropolitan studies program prepares students for work in a wide range of fields. The transdisciplinary approach of the program allows graduates to successfully enter fields as diverse as urban management, revitalization, community development, urban sustainability and urban planning.

There are many careers and advanced degrees that may be pursued with a bachelor's degree in urban and metropolitan studies. Some of these careers require additional graduate-level studies and professional experience. Students in the program are advised to explore their options with academic and career advisors to prepare an appropriate program of study and plan to participate in an internship that complements their long-term professional goals.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Chief Executives-10%$185,950
Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers0.2%$59,660
General and Operations Managers 5.8%$103,650
Logistics Managers 3.5%$96,390
Postmasters and Mail Superintendents-21.9%$78,060
Regulatory Affairs Managers
Social and Community Service Managers 17%$69,600
Urban and Regional Planners 11%$75,950

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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