Urban Studies Program

The interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Studies engages students in an extensive study of cities and suburbs as human space, and the role and function of metropolitan areas in the world.

The undergraduate program weaves together fields including geography, history, policy planning, community development, politics, anthropology, art, sociology, and environmental studies to prepare students to make a difference in urban and suburban communities.

The program’s approach looks at the city from historical, literary, sociological, and personal perspectives, combining academic rigor with community-based interaction.  Knowledge of urban studies is valued in diverse professions including politics, teaching, law, business, social work,   community planning, communications, and creative arts.  Students apply their interests toward projects and activities in cities and suburbs within the greater New York-New Jersey metropolitan region.

Requirements for the Minor
To minor in Urban Studies, student must complete a total of 18 credits as follows:

Required Courses  (6 credits)
URBN 2010           Introduction to Urban Studies

GEO/URBN 3410    Geography of North American Cities

Electives (12 credits)
AWS 2040            Literature Harlem Renaissance

AWS 2800            Minority Enterprises

AWS/URBN 2980    Service Learning & Community Engagement

AWS 3050            Community Development

AWS 4200            Economic Structures of Black Community

ANTH 3290           City Schools: Anthropological Perspectives

ANTH 3560           Urban Anthropology

ARTH 3310           Art in New York

ENG/URBN 3570    Becoming New York: Lit., Hist. & Culture

GEO 2030            Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences and Techniques

GEO 2100            Human Geography

GEO 2200            Global Environment and Humans

GEO 2300            Global Population Issues

GEO 3200            Cultural Geography

GEO 3210            Geography of the Global Economy

GEO 3990            Geography of New Jersey

GEO 4030            Geographic Information Systems

GEO 4410            Urban Planning

GEO 4500            Geography Internship

GEO 4990            Independent Study

HIST 2100           U.S. Labor History

HIST 3510           Public History

HIST/URBN 3240   U.S. Urban History

HIST 3790           History of Suburbia

HIST/URBN 4900  Race, Ethnicity, and the Changing City

MGT 4500           Small Business Management

PBLH 3000          Introduction to Public Health

PBLH 3400          Environmental Health

POL 2230            Urban & Suburban Politics

POL 3280            Urban Policies and Problems

PSY 3450            Community Psychology

SOC 2410           Minority Groups in America

SOC 2620           Violence in the Community

SOC 2720           Urban Sociology

SOC/URBN 2730  Global City

SOC 3760          Sociology of Globalization and Inequality

URBN 3790        Urban Cinema

WGS 2020         Latinos/Latinas in the U.S.

WGS/URBN 3980 Women in the City

Students must take electives from at least two departments.