Urban Studies/Affairs
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Overview
Urban studies/affairs is a program that focuses on the application of social science principles to the study of urban institutions and the forces influencing urban social and political life. includes instruction in urban theory, the development and evolution of urban areas, urban sociology, principles of urban and social planning, and the politics and economics of urban government and services.
Highlights
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($62K) with a Bachelor's Degree: University of California - Berkeley
Career with the highest median salary ($103K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Sales Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Urban studies/affairs majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Elementary and Middle School S...Specialized Social WorkersSpecialized ManagersLawyers, and judges, magistrat...Postsecondary TeachersEducation and childcare admini...Labor Relations SpecialistsPolice OfficersSocial and Community Service M...First-Line Supervisors of Reta...Customer Service Representativ...Registered NursesFirst-Line Supervisors of Offi...Educational, Guidance, and Car...Wholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Accountants and AuditorsRetail SalespersonsChief executives and legislato...Financial ManagersMedical and Health Services Ma...
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Current completions
What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
05001K2K2K0-1 Year CertificateAssociate's DegreeBachelor's DegreePostbaccalaureate CertMaster's DegreePost-master's CertResearch Doctorate
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Completions over time
Have completions for sociology changed over time? Increasing completions may mean you'll likely have an easier time finding a school that offers this degree, with the opposite being true as well.
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Salary and Debt
How are students who recently completed a degree in urban studies/affairs doing?
Below is the distribution of starting salaries along with accumulated federal and private education loans across schools that offer the degree.
Median starting salaries
$38K$56K$0$20K$40K$60K$80KMaster'sBachelor's
Median cumulative loan amount
$21K$0$10K$20K$30KBachelor's
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for sociology majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
$55K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K
Distribution: sociology majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's insociology by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
$50K$63K$83K$84K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KBachelor'sMaster'sDoctorateProfessional
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in sociology
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in sociology. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 36% of sociology majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of sociology majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 65% of other fields.
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Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
25%67%64%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
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Careers for sociology majors
Where do sociology majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in sociology
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by sociology graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Elementary and Middl...Specialized Social W...Specialized ManagersLawyers, and judges,...Postsecondary Teache...Education and childc...Labor Relations Spec...Secretaries and Admi...Police OfficersSocial and Community...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire sociology majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire sociology majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by sociology majors.
SociologyAll other degreesMental Health and Substan...Specialized Social Worker...Probation Officers and Co...Healthcare Social WorkersSocial and Human Service ...Child, Family, and School...Government Programs Eligi...Mental Health CounselorsSubstance Abuse and Behav...Social and Community Serv...Rehabilitation CounselorsCommunity and Social Serv...Educational, Guidance, an...Specialized CounselorsFirst-Line Supervisors of...Private Detectives and In...Paralegals and Legal Assi...Marriage and Family Thera...Administrative Services M...Specialized Social Scient...FundraisersDetectives and Criminal I...Specialized TherapistsUrban and Regional Planne...Claims Adjusters, Examine...Recreational TherapistsLabor Relations Specialis...Coaches and ScoutsSchool PsychologistsClerical Library Assistan...Natural Sciences ManagersLibrarians and Media Coll...Clinical and Counseling P...Preschool and Kindergarte...Specialized PsychologistsSpecial Education Teacher...Music Directors and Compo...Financial ExaminersAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer urban studies/affairs degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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The school list includes a few facts about each school that give you an idea of the educational quality each school might offer:

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Related Programs
Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Sociology
  2. Social Sciences
  3. Anthropology
  4. Specialized Study in Social Sciences
  5. Cognitive Science
  6. Sociology and Anthropology
  7. Archeology
  8. Specialized Study in Anthropology
  9. Medical Anthropology
  10. Demography and Population Studies
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Careers for sociology majors
sociology is part of a larger collection of programs: Sociology, Archeology, Anthopology, & Related Fields. Is there a different program that's close to sociology that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in urban studies/affairs earned in the last academic year, 56% were women.
Gender
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Women
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Completions over time
Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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05001K2K2KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
64%36%0%20%40%60%80%100%WomenMen
Context: Percentage women
This major has a lower percentage of women than 49% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
$53K$63K$0$50K$100K$150K$200K$250KWomenMen
Context: Salary inequity
For sociology graduates, men have a 20% higher median salary than women, This is high: 59% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
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Race/Origin
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all urban studies/affairs graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 65% of other programs.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Not Reported
International
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Completions over time
Have completions by race/origin changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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05001K2K2KNumber of graduates200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
International
Not Reported
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American Indian
Asian
Hispanic
Pacific Islander
Black
White
Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a higher percentage of graduates than in 59% of other programs.