Urban Studies

at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

Urban Studies is a vibrant and growing area of study that examines the social, political, and environmental complexities of cities and human affairs. Your coursework will span Art History, Economics, Geography, History, Sociology, and more.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Faculty of Arts
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Urban Studies is the interdisciplinary effort to disentangle the paradoxical invisibility and centrality of cities in human affairs. Urban Studies is supported by faculty in Geography, Art History, Sociology, History, Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies, the School of Architecture, and the School of Community and Regional Planning. The Urban Studies minor allows students to pursue urban-oriented electives as part of their chosen majors.

Campus features

UBC’s Department of Geography enjoys a high international reputation, ranked in the world top 10 by QS Top Universities

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Arts

No additional courses beyond the general admission requirements.

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