Urban Studies Recent Major Graduates

Spring 2011
BA Major in Urban Studies
Graduate Matthew McCallum

After taking Urban Studies 377(Urbanism and Urbanization) I found myself fascinated by the historic, economic, and social factors that have shaped the contemporary urban environment. My coursework in the Urban Studies Program at UWM allowed me to gain an understanding of how and why cities have developed, and the societal impact of urban development patterns throughout the world. The knowledge and experiences I have gained as a student in the Urban Studies Program will undoubtedly prove beneficial as I plan to pursue a Master’s Degree in City & Metropolitan Planning from the University of Utah in the fall of 2012.

Spring 2010
BA Major in Urban Studies
Graduate Andrew (Drew) Carlson

Spring 2010 Drew grew up in a small northern suburb of Minneapolis, but “always felt like life gained enrichment through the urban experience.” He viewed the major in urban studies to be important both personally and professionally: “With an increasingly urbanized world population, I felt a strong understanding of urbanism was important. I wanted to comprehend the problems facing our cities, so I could understand the solutions to these problems.” During his last semester as part of his major, Drew took an internship course where he worked with the Sierra Club and became involved with administering the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding program, a program created as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. “I experienced first hand how urban sustainability issues are addressed, as well as how energy efficiency and conservation strategies are implemented.” One exciting moment came at a Sierra Club publicity event staged at Bradford beach and highlighting the Gulf oil spill. Drew was interviewed by WDJT-58 about the spill that was later broadcast on the 5 p.m. news. Upon reflection he commented: “I saw how a relatively small group of people could spread a message through grassroots organizing and staging media events.”

Spring 2010
BA Major in Urban Studies
Graduate Mark McComb

Mark majored in Urban Studies and Urban Geography. “I wanted to pursue Urban Studies as a major after I had taken two Urban Studies classes as electives and liked the content that those classes offered. I also liked the fact that the major was interdisciplinary, which meant I could draw from a number of different disciplines.” In 2008 Mark obtained an internship position with the Milwaukee County Transit System in the planning department, which he is currently engaged in full time during the summer break. Last year you may have read his editorial in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (July 20, 2008), “Board Must Override Walker Veto,” (http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/29521419.html) arguing for dedicated funding for Milwaukee County parks and transit. Mark also recently returned from a 2-week Urban Planning study abroad trip to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he had the chance to learn about planning policy and redevelopment in the city.