Historically, cities have functioned as the cradle of civilization. Modern politics, economies, and cultures, are all shaped in urban environments. In today’s world, the majority of people live in cities and their importance continues to grow. But cities also present us with great challenges such as sustainable growth, governance, and civil relations. Standard topics in the field of Urban Studies include the historical emergence of cities, urban forms, urban ecology, the city as incubator of innovations, global urban networks, local urban government, and urban management.

Our University is located in one of the fastest growing urban regions of the nation and one with global allure. Miami has emerged as a major global city and it is often considered as a forward experiment of urbanization. The Minor in Urban Studies will allow you to be part of an innovative field of study in which your work in the classroom links directly to the “real world” experience in Miami and other cities.