Careers

The Urban Studies Program prepares students for work in a wide range of fields.  The Urban Studies major is not a narrow, pre-professional education, but a broad liberal arts degree combined with valuable, transferable skills. The interdisciplinary approach of the Urban Studies program allows graduates to successfully enter fields as diverse as architecture and finance, city planning and law, nonprofit management and real estate development.

For a more detailed look at the careers of some Urban Studies alumni, see our alumni profiles.  A career directory of Urban Studies alumni is also available in the Urban Studies office.

Common career choices for Urban Studies majors have included:

The Non-Profit Sector, including Community Service and Philanthropy

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
St. Anthony Health Foundation (Denver, CO); Coro Center for Civic Leadership (Philadelphia, PA);  SAVE: Shelter Against Violent Environments (Fremont, CA); Thrive, The Alliance of Nonprofits for San Mateo County (San Carlos, CA); National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC); New School Venture Fund (San Francisco, CA).

Urban Planning in the Public or Private Sector

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
Recon Environmental, Inc. (San Diego, CA); Los Angeles World Airports (Los Angeles, CA); Homes USA, Ltd. (Santa Monica, CA); Terrell Watt Planning Consultants (San Francisco, CA); Gensler (Santa Monica, CA); City of San Jose Planning Dept. (San Jose, CA); Community Attributes, Inc. (Seattle, WA); Nelson/Nygaard (San Francisco, CA); Times Square Alliance (New York, NY); Urban Ecology (San Francisco, CA); Disney Co. Theme Parks Corp Strategic Planning Group (San Francisco, CA).

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Real Estate: Development, Consulting, and Management

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
Mikiko Corporation (Honolulu, HI); Heitman (Chicago, IL); Solarium Properties (Boca Raton, FL); Grubb & Ellis (San Jose, CA); The Rose Company (Columbia, MD); The Orosco Group (Monterey, CA); Deutsche Bank Real Estate (New York, NY); Arthur Andersen (San Francisco, CA); The Concord Group (San Francisco, CA).

Law

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
Gap, Inc. (San Francisco, CA); Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft (Charlotte, NC); Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA); Walt Disney Pictures and Television (Burbank, CA); Sheppard Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP (San Francisco, CA); Rosenmant Colin LLP (New York, NY); Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll LLP (Philadelphia, PA).

Architecture and Urban Design

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
Kaiser Permanente (Portland, OR); Ann Cuthberston Architects, PC (Denver, CO); Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planner (Santa Monica, CA); Kenneth Rodrigues & Partners (San Jose, CA); Thomas Hacker & Associates (Portland, OR); Quinn Evans Architects (Washington, DC); Calthorpe Associates (San Francisco, CA); LMN Architects (Seattle, WA); Hardison Komatsu Ivelich & Tucker (Oakland, CA); Studio S Squared Architecture (San Jose, CA); Brand & Allen Architects (San Francisco, CA); Burt Hill (Washington, DC); Keyin Rasmussen PC (Philadelphia, PA); Page & Tumbull (San Francisco, CA).

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Business, Finance

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
American Electronics Association (Santa Clara, CA); Salomon Smith Barney (Palo Alto, CA); Paramount Publishing (New York, NY); Disney Development Co. (Orlando, FL); Yahoo! (Santa Clara, CA); First Rain, Inc. (Foster City, CA); The Quadrant Corporation (Bellevue, VA); Galileo International (Englewood, CO); Jordan Trading Inc. (Kingston, NY); Bank of America (Charlotte, NC); Kadisco LLC (San Francisco, CA); RBC Capital Markets (Los Angeles, CA); Xuny.com (San Francisco, CA); The Boeing Company (Huntington Beach, CA); Credit Suisse First Boston (San Francisco, CA).

Education, Research

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
University of California, Davis (CA); Stanford University (CA); UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Development (Santa Cruz, CA); The New School at Southshore (S. Seattle, WA); Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, CA); Girls After School Academy (San Francisco, CA); Northwestern University (Evanston, IL); Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA).

Lobbying, Government

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
Seattle Office of Housing (Seattle, WA); City of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA); City of Los Angeles/City Administration Office (Los Angeles, CA); Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP (Sacramento, CA); Senator Joe Simitian (Palo Alto, CA).

Medicine and Health:

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at:
Humanistic Alternatives to Addiction Research & Treatment (Hayward, CA); Psychiatric Associates (Greenville, SC); California Department of Health Services (Sacramento, CA).

Arts and Design:

Urban Studies alumni in this field have worked at: 
Design in Wood (Petaluma, CA); Regional Arts Coordinator (Portland, OR); KBIK Films (San Francisco, CA); Federated Department Stores – Macy’s West (San Francisco, CA); Write On Freelance (Corona del Mar, CA).

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