The city is the center of it all. As an urban studies student at Calvin, you'll examine the infrastructure and intermechanisms of these cultural hubs from a uniquely Christian perspective.

Overview

An interdisciplinary minor, urban studies focuses on urban issues and locates them within a Christian worldview. The minor consists of a curriculum of six courses, one of which must be sociology 302, "Urban Sociology." Remaining course depends on your specific interests and career goals. Choose from these three course tracks:

  • urban social development: sociology, philosophy and history
  • the built environment: architecture, environmental studies and geography
  • urban policy: political science, economics and social work

Careers in Urban Studies

  • Counselor
  • Corrections Officer
  • Advocate
  • Programmer
  • Rehabilitator
  • Teacher

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Spend a semester studying in Chicago, Washington D.C. or Amsterdam; Explore downtown Grand Rapids; Assist a professor with sociological research through a summer fellowship.

Scholarships

New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.

For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».

Faculty

Henk Aay

Henk Aay
Professor Emeritus
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 058
aay@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7033

David Billings

David Billings
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
HH 343
dbilling@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8611

Kristin Du Mez

Kristin Du Mez
Associate Professor
Department of History
HH 488
kkd3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6809

Becky Haney

Becky Haney
Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
NH 188
brh22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6338

Henry Luttikhuizen

Henry Luttikhuizen
Professor of Art History
Department of Art and Art History
SC 105B
lutt@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6327

Elisha Marr

Elisha Marr
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 213
emm24@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7019

Mark Mulder

Mark Mulder
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
SC 229
mtm3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6755

Lissa Schwander

Lissa Schwander
Assistant Professor
Social Work Practicum Coordinator
Department of Social Work
SC 235
lschwand@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6243

James Skillen

James Skillen
Assistant Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH B77
jrs39@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7546

Talk to us

Mark Mulder Mark Mulder
Program Director
Department of Sociology
SC 229
mtm3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6755

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