We recognize that in a globalized world, power on individual, community, and systemic levels are interconnected. With that in mind, we teach critical thinking, cultivate leaders, and engage in purposeful research and action in urban communities.
If you are passionate about making a positive impact on the world, Worcester State University will provide you with the necessary tools to do just that, geared toward the workplaces of today. This program will help you develop an in-depth understanding of the complex challenges facing our increasingly urban and diverse world by taking what you learn in the classroom and putting it into practice. Because we are one of the few Urban Studies departments in New England, Worcester State students stand out as creative problem solvers seeking to understand and provide solutions for urban residents locally and globally.
- Teaching: we challenge students to think creatively and write critically about urban issues, and to solve problems using theoretical and applied approaches.
- Research: we emphasize ethical collaborative action research involving faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and the community.
- Action: we engage students through a variety of intergenerational and intercultural community endeavors.
- Personal Development: we facilitate the growth of individual skills such as empathy, reflection, confidence, and self-advocacy, and other tools necessary to succeed professionally in a globalized world.
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Why study at Worcester State?
- Access to extensive community relationships
- Urban Affairs Honors Society
- 4+1 opportunity for BS + MS
- Urban Studies Club
- Teaching Garden
- Opportunities to present research at conferences
- Social Work & Human Services
- Nonprofit Management & Community Organizing
- Public Administration & Policy
- Public Management
- Urban Planning & Community Development
- Doctoral Degree Preparation
- American Metropolitan Evolution
- Human Identity and Urban Environment
- Immigrant City
- Technology & Public Policy
- Women’s Studies
- Social Work
- Urban Planning
- The Queer City
- Urban Anthropology
- Group Conflict in the Urban Community
- Crime and the City
- Urban Housing Dilemma
- Refugees in American Society
- Environmental Systems
See the diverse career paths that this degree can prepare you for.
Explore a wide range of professional opportunities with your degree from Worcester State in fields including social work, human services, research, education policy, and more.
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