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Urban and Inner-City Studies

Academic Departments and Programs


Here’s What UIC Students Say…

“Studying at the (Selkirk Avenue) campus helps me connect to my community and network with other people living and working in the North End. Having the opportunity to meet and learn from local politicians, business owners and residents is very energizing. It stimulates new ideas and lays the groundwork for putting these ideas into action”.  - Holly Enns, 3rd year UIC major

“Taking classes on Selkirk Avenue is a completely different experience. I like the feeling of community that comes from knowing almost everyone in class and all the staff and faculty here. It’s easy to find somebody to study with or a moment to consult with an instructor.” - Laurel Cassels, 2nd year UIC student

“This program has given me the opportunity not only to study urban experiences but also to see all of the important work being done in Winnipeg related to housing, employment, inclusion and many other areas.  It's enabled me to see Winnipeg as a whole while understanding the differing realities that exist.” - Tyler Blashko, 4th year UIC major

Urban and Inner-City Studies is an interdisciplinary Major concerned with the examination of the city as a dynamic environment. The program combines a traditional urban studies focus with courses that examine various aspects of the inner city, such as the urban Aboriginal experience, the immigrant and refugee experience, and the role of women. In Canada, cities continue to be centres of great challenge: from managing suburban growth to promoting inner-city revitalization; from responding to the opportunities and concerns created by rapidly changing demographics, to those created by globalization and socio-economic change. Cities are also home to increased concentrations of poverty and social and political exclusion. The Urban and Inner-City Studies program provides an opportunity to examine the political, economic, social and spatial context of these and many other important aspects of urban change from an interdisciplinary perspective.