Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies

Connecting people, places, and processes

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An Urban Studies degree prepares graduates for careers that help cities provide the civic, social, political, and cultural resources we all need to thrive. Students of urban studies explore physical cities, urban life, and the process of city growth. They may look at housing, healthcare, traffic, pollution, education, environmental sustainability, arts and culture, history, and other urban issues to help build our best urban future. The degree can be combined with certificates in Urban Planning, Urban Design, and Historic Preservation. When it comes to future employment, Urban Studies can be a solid foundation for careers in community organizing, non-profit leadership, city government, public administration, urban planning and design, environmental stewardship, policy analysis, social welfare, criminal justice, law enforcement, law, urban history, and urban education. Many also choose to pursue advanced degrees.

The Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies is a four-year multidisciplinary academic program that focusing on the past, present, and future of cities and the built environment. This program uses a broad range of electives, project-based coursework to give students hands-on, real-world experiences to prepare them to shape the future of urban life.

The Urban Studies Faculty make the classroom feel like a constant open discussion, which serves as a motivator to actively participate. I am very appreciative to have open professors that are willing to serve as resources and mentors for years to come.

Adam Hynes '24

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Adam Hynes

Urban Studies, Class of 2024

Student Work

Co-op Program

At the University of Cincinnati, we believe that learning is doing, and doing is learning.

All Communication Design majors participate in the UC Co-op Program. Students have the opportunity for hands-on professional practice in the field through five, paid semester-long co-op experiences. Co-op is a great opportunity to experience the design industry nationally while students build their professional experience and resume during their studies at UC.

Scholarships and Financial Resources

Thanks to the generosity of numerous alumni and friends of the college, scholarships are available to students in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Apply to our Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies Program Today

The University of Cincinnati’s Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies program offers students a blended approach which bridges the visual, spatial, and analytical skills essential to high quality design with the inquiry, research, and writing of the humanities. The major allows students to utilize the unique features of DAAP, the University and the city at-large.

Connect with our Program:


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Anne Delano Steinert

Asst Professor - Research


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Andrea Kay Jeffers

Program Coordinator



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Carla Chifos

Associate Professor


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David J. Edelman

Professor, Master of Community Planning Director


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Jan Marie Fritz



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Leah M. Hollstein

Assoc Professor


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Hyesun Jeong

PhD, Assoc. AIA, Assistant Professor


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Johanna W Looye

Associate Professor


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Rainer vom Hofe

Professor, Ph.D. Program Director


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Anne Delano Steinert

Asst Professor - Research


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Xinhao Wang




Students are encouraged to explore the information on our website and contact the DAAP Student Affairs team with any admissions questions. 

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DAAP Student Affairs

(513) 556-1376

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Ana Marissa Colón



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