City Studies

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The growth of city-regions in Canada, North America and across the world raises new sets of urban planning and policy challenges, including growth management, economic competitiveness, transportation and congestion, public infrastructure planning, environmental sustainability and conservation, neighbourhood wellbeing and social inclusion, health, and quality of life in cities more generally. New challenges require new ideas and solutions. City Studies is a multidisciplinary undergraduate program that introduces students to concepts and skills to understand and tackle problems of an increasingly urban world. On completion of the program, our graduates are well-positioned to pursue further professional development in a wide variety of careers related to urban issues, among others, urban planning, transportation, real estate and development, social services and community development, government, and policy and research. The program also offers preparation for graduate studies in related fields.

Program Options

City Studies (Specialist: Arts)
The Specialist program in City Studies (BA) is intended for high achieving students, and will provide them with the skills and knowledge they will need to pursue specialized training at the graduate level in fields like public policy and municipal governance, urban planning, community development, as well as other city-focused fields of studies. Students in the Specialist program will also have the opportunity to develop the in-depth theoretical and conceptual knowledge in applied urban studies, quantitative and qualitative research and GIS skills, practical skills such as project management, facilitation and community consultation, and communication skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of urban professions. Students are encouraged to discuss the selection and sequencing of courses with the Program Advisor or Associate Chair (City Studies).
Admission will be determined on the basis of a student's overall Grade Point Average (GPA) and grades in the courses in Requirement 1 of the program. For students applying with more 8-10 credits, admission will be on the basis of overall GPA and grades in all City Studies (CIT) courses taken. Decisions regarding program admissions will be made only twice a year, in May and August, by the City Studies Supervisor of Studies, and will be based on student requests submitted to the Registrar through ROSI.
This program requires the completion of 12.0 credits. (See Calendar for details)

City Studies (Major: Arts)
This program requires a total of 7.0 full credits within the broader 20 credit requirement for a UTSC degree. (See Calendar for details)
City Studies Co-op (Major: Arts)
This Honours B.A. program combines a Major Program in City Studies with two four-month work terms in the private, public, or not-for-profit sector. Students enrolled in the City Studies Major Co-op Program will receive support from the Arts & Science Co-op Department to get job-ready and secure co-op placements. This is a limited enrolment program. (See Calendar for details)
City Studies (Minor: Arts)
Students taking the Minor Program in City Studies should consider selecting most of their Applications program requirements from one area of focus: City Building, Community Development, or City Governance.
The program requires the completion of 4.0 credits. (See Calendar for details)
Urban Public Policy & Governance (Minor: Arts)
The cross-disciplinary Minor program in Urban Public Policy and Governance equips students with the conceptual tools and methodological skills they will need to understand and analyze processes of city-regional and municipal governance and policy making in Canadian and comparative perspective. The main emphasis is placed on the policy and governance dilemmas of contemporary local governments and how these are distinct from those experienced at other levels: structural revenue constraints, infrastructure deficits, socio-spatial polarization, competition for investment, inadequate accountability and ethics regimes for politicians and public servants, and the distinctive ways in which local policymaking takes place through public deliberation.
Students completing the Minor program in Urban Public Policy and Governance combined with a Major program in City Studies, Public Policy, Human Geography, Political Science, Economics for Management Studies, History, Critical Development Studies or other relevant programs will be well prepared for graduate studies in public policy and governance, urban planning, and public administration, and for public sector careers at the municipal and provincial levels, or in the non-profit and advocacy sectors.
This program requires the completion of 4.0 credits (See Calendar for details).