City Studies

Faculty List

•    A. Allahwala, M.A. (FU Berlin), M.Ed. (Toronto), Ph.D. (York), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
•    S.C. Bunce, B.A. (Guelph), M.E.S. Pl. (York), Ph.D. (York), Associate Professor
•    S. Farber, B.A (McGill), M.S.A. (Ryerson), Ph.D. (McMaster), Associate Professor
•    R. Goffe, B.Arch. (Temple University), Ph.D. (City University of New York), Assistant Professor
•    J. Hannigan, B.A., M.A. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Ohio State), Professor Emeritus
•    C. Higgins, B.A. (Brock), M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (McMaster), Assistant Professor
•    Z. Hyde, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (University of British Columbia), Assistant Professor
•    J. Mah, B.A. (Concordia), M.Sc.Pl. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
•    J. Miron, B.A. (Queen's), M.A. (Penn.), M.Sc. (Pl.), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor Emeritus
•    R. Narayanareddy, MESc. (Yale University), Ph.D. (Minnesota), Associate Professor
•    D. Silver, B.A. (Berkeley), M.A., Ph.D. (Chicago), Professor
•    A. Sorensen, B.F.A. (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), M.Sc., Ph.D. (London), Professor

For curriculum inquiries please contact the CIT Program Advisor. Email:
For more information, visit the Department of Human Geography website.

The Department of Human Geography offers pre-professional programs for students interested in career paths that may be city-related. Students acquire a combination of conceptual, methodological, and critical skills relevant in a variety of professional fields including city planning, real estate development, transportation, housing, community development, urban governance, and city management. The Specialist, Major and Minor Program in City Studies are multidisciplinary: they are designed to give students the opportunity to see how they might apply ideas about cities from the social sciences and kindred disciplines in their field of professional interest. The programs also offer preparation for students interested in pursuing graduate education in a field of study related to cities.

Guidelines for First-year course selection

Students intending to complete a program in City Studies should complete CITA01H3 and at least 1.0 credit from the courses listed in Program Requirement 1 of the Specialist Program in City Studies or Major Program in City Studies within their first 4.0 credits.

Guidelines for Major Program Completion

The City Studies curriculum has three areas of concentration: (1) City-Building, (2) Community Development and (3) City Governance.

Students are welcome to take courses in more than one area of concentration and are encouraged to take at least three of the City Studies core courses, CITA01H3 (required for all Specialist, Major and Minor students in City Studies), CITB01H3, CITB03H3, CITB04H3, or CITB08H3. These core courses cover foundational concepts of the program and are considered essential preparation for upper-level courses.

Areas of Concentration Table:

City Building Community Development City Governance





  1. It is Department policy that students without the prerequisites will be removed from the course. Students should carefully check the prerequisites required for particular B-and C-level courses.
  2. Some upper-level courses (e.g. SOC and MGE) are part of limited enrolment programs, with first preference in these courses going to students enrolled in the associated programs.

Program Combination Restrictions

The Specialist, Major/Major Co-op and Minor programs in City Studies cannot be combined.

Experiential Learning and Outreach

For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the courses CITC01H3, CITC02H3, CITD05H3, CITD06H3, CITD12H3, or CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.