Metropolitan Studies Major | Towson University


The program is built around an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the physical,
social, economic and political factors that shape metropolitan areas. By integrating
the perspectives of different academic disciplines, students gain a thorough understanding
of the complex historical development of metropolitan areas, as well as the root causes
of the contemporary problems and opportunities facing these areas.

Metropolitan Studies offers courses that are intellectually stimulating and, at the
same time, socially relevant. As students examine contemporary challenges like sprawl,
economic development, or the myriad social and political issues facing the modern
metropolis, they are introduced to innovative policy solutions to these challenges,
and are encouraged to think creatively about how to solve the problems of the metropolis. 

The program benefits tremendously from a first-rate faculty of sociologists, geographers,
political scientists, economists, and historians well versed in the issues of metropolitan
areas. The program also benefits significantly from Towson University’s location.
The Baltimore/Washington area provides an ideal “laboratory” for students of metropolitan


As with other liberal arts majors, Metropolitan Studies graduates are prepared for
a wide range of professions and post-graduate endeavors. With over 70% of the nation’s
population living in metropolitan areas, there are many opportunities for program
graduates. Metropolitan Studies majors are well prepared for careers in the public,
private and nonprofit sectors in areas such as urban planning, public policy analysis,
real estate, public administration, community development, community organizing, economic
development and related fields.

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Majors are also well prepared for graduate programs in urban planning, public administration,
public policy, and related fields. Some of our graduates have already gone on to graduate
programs in urban planning, community development, and law.

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

View degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.

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