ACADEMICS

  • Map Your Path to a Rewarding Career
    with an Urban Studies Degree

    Located in Worcester—the second-largest city in New England—our department maintains relationships with local nonprofit organizations and city and state agencies that offer challenging opportunities to apply your knowledge of urban studies. Through an internship, you’ll hone your skills, gain valuable professional experience, and make the kinds of connections that lead to future employment. These opportunities are why 83% of respondents to a survey of 2015 graduates said that they either agree or strongly agree that their academic program prepared them for employment.

    Sample Recent Internship Sites

    • Boys & Girls Club
    • Department of Children and Families
    • Elder Services in Worcester
    • Government offices (local, state, and federal)
    • Latino Education Institute
    • Social work and human service organizations
    • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • Worcester Senior Center
    • Worcester Housing Authority

    Our urban studies graduates are changing the world—one community at a time—through rewarding careers in fields like public administration, planning, business, human services, social work, and gerontology. In fact, 91% of 2015 graduates who responded to the survey reported that they are employed, enrolled in graduate school, or both. A bachelor’s degree in urban studies enables you to earn a median annual salary that ranges from:

    Other Sample Careers

    • City/town/regional urban planner and sustainability coordinator
    • Government and Professional Service
    • Lawyer
    • Public administrator (city/town manager, politician, legislator)
    • Public policy analyst and researcher
    • Public manager (regulatory agencies, economic development, transportation, and environmental agencies)

    Social Work and Human Services Careers  

    • Human services professional (elder affairs, youth development, adoption agencies, wellness centers, neighborhood development, and community organizing agencies)
    • Nonprofit manager
    • Social policymaker and advocate
    • Social worker

    Research and Education Policy Careers

    • Data analyst (research institutes, consulting organizations, and government agencies) 
    • Researcher (research institutes, government agencies, private industry, and consulting organizations)
    • Teacher (college/university level)