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University of Calgary Calendar 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts 4. Program Details 4.29 Geography 4.29.9 BA in Urban Studies
4.29.9 BA in Urban Studies
A. Faculty of Arts Requirements

Students must adhere to the applicable Faculty of Arts requirements in 3.4 Graduation.

B. Major-Field Requirements

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 48 units (8.0 full-course equivalents) and a maximum of 60 units (10.0 full-course equivalents) in the Field of Urban Studies while fulfilling the following requirements:

1. Core Courses:

a. 15 units (2.5 full-course equivalents) Urban Studies 253, 591; Geography 341, 351, 451;

b. 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) from Anthropology 379; Canadian Studies 355; Economics 365; Geography 521, 553, 565; History 354; Political Science 425; Sociology 353; Urban Studies 311.

2. Research Methods: 12 units (2.0 full-course equivalents) from the "Research Methods for Urban Studies" (listed under Field of Urban Studies) with:

a. 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) from any one of the “Qualitative Methods”*, “Quantitative Methods” or “Geospatial Methods” lists;

*Students may be permitted to substitute two courses of language instruction in a single language other than English or two courses conducted in a single language other than English. Students wishing to fulfil their Qualitative Methods requirement this way must contact the Urban Studies program co-ordinator for approval.

b. 6 units (1.0 full-course equivalent) selected from the other two “Methods” lists.

3. An additional 15 units (2.5 full-course equivalents) from the Field of Urban Studies including Core, Methods, and Options courses.


  • Other courses with a strong urban component may be approved by the Program Co-ordinator.
  • The following courses are prerequisites for many of the senior courses in the program. It is strongly recommended to include Geography 231, Anthropology 203, and Sociology 201 as early as possible in the program. Failure to do so will significantly impact students' choices. Students may also wish to consider Economics 201 and 203 and Political Science 321.
C. Degree Options

The BA in Urban Studies can be taken with Co-operative Education. See section 3.4.4 Co-operative Education Programs for information and requirements.