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The Urban Studies minor is an adaptation of a well-developed interdisciplinary focus on urban concepts, issues, and problems in order to offer the chance for increased understanding of urban processes. The minor also provides
preparation leading to increased employment opportunities at the municipal, state, or federal level, or to graduate work in one of several areas related to urban studies.


The Education Abroad Program (EAP) is an excellent opportunity to lean more about another country and its culture while taking long programs, a wide range of shorter options are also available. While on EAP, students are still eligible for financial assistance. Students are advised to plan study abroad well in advance so as to ensure that the courses taken fit with their overall program back at UCR. For further details see the University of California's EAP website and www.uoeap.ucsb.edu or contact UCR's Education Abroad Program and Opportunities Abroad Program at (951) 827-2508. 

Undergraduate Research and Special Studies

The Urban Studies Minor provides students an opportunity to interact with faculty from various disciplines, to gain an in-depth understanding of the elements within urban communities and processes, and to bridge that information to their primary major.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers lower-division courses taught by distinguished faculty and introduces undergraduates to the challenges and rewards of scholarship and research from the beginning of their undergraduate careers. In the upper division, the program invites outstanding students to design and produce honors theses and projects under individual faculty supervision, through the departmental Honors Program, highly qualified students are invited to conduct a research thesis of their own initiative and design in collaboration with a faculty member. Participation in the Honors Program is the capstone of an excellent education.

Academic Advising

Participating faculty provide informal advising and guidance, but students maintain close contact with their major advisor to ensure that they are meeting all requirements.