Urban Studies News

USP cosponsored/hosted the television show 4th St Forum; Theme: City As Solution: Building the New Urban Agenda. USP Director Jasmine Alinder and Mayor Tom Barrett were among the panelists. View online! More info and photos

USP Professor Margo Anderson and Alumnus, Dr. Michael Martin were interviewed on WUWM radio.

Amanda Seligman and Margo Anderson were awarded a $250,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee project. Facebook page, Vimeo Overview Video, YouTube Overview Video

Margo Anderson Margo Anderson named Distinguished Professor

Anderson's research has focused on American social, urban and women's history, including the U.S. Census. Since joining the UWM faculty in 1977, her work on the history of the Census Bureau has made her a national authority. More details

Mark LevineProfessor Marc Levine's new study on the 'skills gap myth' (Skills Gap and Unemployment in Wisconsin: Separating Fact from Fiction) recently aired on the Lake Effect WUWM radio. Download Levine's executive summary and report

Urban Studies Events

USP 50th Anniversary
Press release (Word)

Join us for the 50th Spring Forum this Saturday and Sunday!

USP is celebrating its 50th Anniversary at UWM!  Theme: City as Solution: Building the New Urban Agenda.

See EVENT page for more details on the following:

Spring Semester 2014

Monday, Jan 20
Martin Luther King Jr. Day, "The March on Washington, Jobs, Freedom and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights," William Jones.

Wednesday, Jan 29
Workshop on Segregation Project with USP alum Jerome Knapp

Friday, March 7
USP Co-Hosts "First Friday"

Thursday, April 10
USP Hosts 4th Street Forum at UWM Download postcard

Fri, April 25–Sat, Apr 26
To mark 50 years of cutting edge urban research at UWM, USP presents the 50th Anniversary Spring Forum and Alumni Reunion, REGISTER

Events page


Giving to Urban Studies

Urban Studies Programs

Welcome to Urban Studies Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. We are an interdisciplinary set of undergraduate and graduate programs housed in the College of Letters and Science and led by social-science faculty members from UWM’s Departments of Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology. Our programs focus on the growth and development of urban communities and social institutions in order to understand urban processes and develop policies for the resolution of contemporary social problems.

USP offers an undergraduate certificate and major and graduate Master’s and Ph.D. degrees. The Urban Studies Program is one of the oldest graduate programs at UWM, with more than 500 Master’s degrees conferred since the program’s inception in the 1960s and over 100 doctoral degrees granted since the 1970s.

What is Urban Studies?

Broadly speaking, Urban Studies is any scholarly approach to understanding the city. UWM’s Urban Studies Programs focus on social science research methods. USP students and faculty use methodological approaches including ethnographic, archival, quantitative, GIS, and survey research. We take a metropolitan view of the “urban,” studying both cities and suburbs and regions. Much of the research conducted in Urban Studies is focused on the United States in general and the Milwaukee area in particular, but our faculty also includes international specialists.

For more information about the field of urban studies, see the recent discussion prompted by the Journal of Urban Affairs.

What can I do with an Urban Studies degree?

Like other degree programs housed in UWM’s College of Letters and Science, Urban Studies’ educational program nourishes students’ broad analytical skills, with an eye toward explaining cities. Urban Studies students learn to read urban scholarship, research and understand the urban world from a social science perspective, and write in an academic way. Students interested in purely professional program should look to UWM’s programs in the School of Education and the School of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Alumni of our programs take their skills into many professional arenas, including government, the non-profit sector, all levels of education, law, and the business world. The kind of critical analysis and writing skills taught in USP are transferrable to many interesting jobs where students can apply their passion for understanding metropolitan areas. See our annual Scott Greer Alumni Awards.

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