Mission & Learning Outcomes

Mission Statement

The Urban Studies Program at Elmhurst College, through an interdisciplinary liberal arts framework, inspires students to think critically about the diverse issues, problems, development and prospects of metropolitan areas and their citizens.

Program Goals

  1. To provide students with a broad interdisciplinary liberal arts framework for understanding the issues, problems, development and prospects of metropolitan areas and their citizens;
  2. To prepare students for careers and citizenship through experiential curricular and co-curricular opportunities that place students on the front lines of urban life;
  3. To equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue professional careers and advanced study related to the multi-faceted nature of urban studies; and
  4. To serve as a resource, through service, outreach and engagement, to the Chicago metropolitan region.

Learning Outcomes

Urban Studies students are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Formulate effective oral and written argumentation;
  2. Explain and evaluate historical and contemporary American and global urbanization processes;
  3. Understand the social, economic, political and governmental conditions of metropolitan areas and their impacts on individuals, institutions and society;
  4. Demonstrate understanding of the diverse nature of urban populations and the social justice issues many of these populations face; and
  5. Identify ways of creating more humane, equitable, sustainable, and efficient built environments to improve urban futures.

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