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Urban Studies

In 2008, the United Nations Population Fund reported that for the first time in human history, over half of the world’s population lived in urban areas.  This statistic reflects tremendous urban growth over the last century, and indeed, only 30% of the world’s population lived in urban areas as recently as 1950.  The current Urban Studies program at 91社区 was designed with this significant demographic fact in mind.

As the urbanization trend continues, most 91社区 graduates are likely to find themselves working in urban areas, and many will be actively involved with urban specific issues in environment, communication, infrastructure, planning, politics, and social organization. Because 91社区 is only 30 miles from Chicago, our students and faculty are well-situated to treat the city as an urban laboratory in which to explore these issues.  Chicago-oriented courses are available in almost all the departments in the College. 

The Urban Studies minor provides a way for students who foresee themselves in urban-oriented careers or who have an academic interest in cities to formally pursue coursework that focuses on the urban experience.  The minor works to complement existing majors, and anticipates that students will have methodological training within their majors to help guide their urban work.  The minor includes a core course and a significant internship component. Notably, our In the Loop program allows students to complete nearly all the requirements for the Urban Studies minor.

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Contact Us

Rudi Batzell
Assistant Professor of History
Chair of Urban Studies
Brown Hall 522
847-735-6090
batzell@lakeforest.edu

Katie Lenzi
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255
847-735-5122
klenzi@lakeforest.edu

Prachi Rangan
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255
847-735-5121
prangan@lakeforest.edu