With an urban studies major, your classes will delve into a host of fascinating issues: the development of cities over time, the interactions of individual citizens with businesses and government, the social dynamics of neighborhoods, and the role of cultural institutions, to name a few. You’ll have readings in several genres and disciplines, and you’ll learn to analyze urban social issues and challenges from a variety of perspectives.

New York City itself will be the laboratory where you’ll see what you learn brought to life. The program will tap into an incredibly rich network of professionals in the field to provide internship and service learning opportunities, and you’ll meet and work with people active in the city’s government, community and non-profit agencies.

Here are the courses you’ll need to earn 60 credits for graduation:

  • BIOL 122: Introduction to Biology: Life in New York City (3 credits)
  • CHEM 110: Introduction to Chemistry or CHEM 110: Introduction to Chemistry (3 credits)
  • ENGL 103: Composition I (3 credits)
  • ENGL 203: Composition II (3 credits)
  • LASC 101: City Seminar I (3 credits)
  • LASC 102: City Seminar II (3 credits)
  • LASC 200: The Arts in New York City (3 credits)
  • MATH 103: Statistics (3 credits)
  • SOSC 111: Ethnographies of Work I (3 credits)
  • SOSC 113: Ethnographies of Work II (3 credits)
  • GOVT 201: Urban Politics: New York City Government (3 credits)
  • GOVT 203: Introduction to Urban Planning & Policy (3 credits)
  • HIST 221: History of Urban Life (3 credits)
  • SOCI 102: Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOCI 201: Crime & Justice in Urban Society or ANTH 227 Sexuality & Gender in Urban Life (3 credits)
  • UBST 102: Introduction to Urban Studies (3 credits)
  • UBST 203: Race, Ethnicity & Community Development (3 credits)
  • UBST 225: Global Urbanisms (3 credits)
  • UBST 253: Urban Research Seminar (3 credits)

Students must take one elective from among:

  • ECON 201: Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECON 203: Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ENGL 211: Cities in Film & Literature (3 credits)
  • MATH 120: College Algebra & Trigonometry (3 credits)
  • MATH 201: Precalculus (3 credits)
  • UBST 204: Special Topics in Urban Studies (3 credits)
  • UBST 298: Independent Study (1, 2, or 3 credits)