Urban Studies

In Urban Studies, coursework is integrated with urban field experiences to lend perspective to different urban phenomena. It provides an interdisciplinary learning experience grounded in the liberal arts and connected to concerns of Memphis, the Mid-South region, and the world.

Students and faculty alike have the opportunity to learn from and contribute to the rich, diverse culture and history of Memphis. Rhodes lies at the crux of Midtown and East Memphis, and the college partners with more than 400 businesses and nonprofits in the Memphis and larger Shelby County area through research, internships, and other forms of engagement.

two students help a woman sign up at a health clinic

Rhodes College was recently awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will be used over the next three years to enable the college to bring health equity education to community partners in Memphis. Our goal is to help our partners find ways to collaborate to address the disparities that impair human health and flourishing and to see ways to build a culture of equity.