Urban Studies News
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 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
Professor 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. Webpage to download Levine's executive summary and report
Urban Studies Events
Press release (Word)
USP is celebrating its 50th Anniversary at UWM! Theme: City as Solution: Building the New Urban Agenda.
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
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.