Future students: Admissions

Urban studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the dynamics of cities and urban settlements. As the world becomes more urban (80% of Americans now live in urban areas), understanding cities becomes more urgent and exciting.

Why study urban studies and planning at Wayne State in Detroit?

Cities are centers of production, wealth creation, innovation, and recreation. They also present problems such as poverty and persistent segregation as well as new challenges and priorities, such as sustainability, community development, climate change, and shrinkage. Wayne State's urban studies major enables students to explore the complexities of urban communities.

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is distinguished by the curriculum, research, and community engagement that constructively address the issues confronting declining cities and regions, taking full advantage of its location and place in the midst of Detroit's revival in Midtown.