Interdisciplinary Minor Requirements

Urban Studies

This interdisciplinary minor in urban studies helps students develop a sophisticated grasp of the rapidly evolving reality of how dynamic urban centers and regions drive a global system and how cities are increasingly critical to the organization of economic, social, and cultural activities. Students are urged to take advantage of the College's growing commitment to and diverse academic strength in the field.

Course Requirements:

To complete the minor, students take a total of at least six courses in three different disciplines and complete an integrating exercise on a central topic or theme approved by the minor's coordinator. The integrating exercise may be an independent study or research project.

Students must complete six courses with a clear and strong urban focus and content. A foundational course, URST 201. From Hartford to World Cities is required. At least two of the courses for the minor must be at the 300 level. If an appropriate 300-level course is not available, students may substitute a research-based independent study with comparable rigor.

  • By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to two courses from a student's study-away experience may be counted toward the minor.
  • By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to three courses, including URST 201, from the Cities Program may be counted toward the minor.
  • Courses that count toward the minor cannot be taken pass/fail, except transfer credits from a non-Trinity study-away experience.
  • Students must complete an integrating exercise that synthesizes earlier urban studies work in the minor. While this exercise must be approved by the minor coordinator, it may be supervised by another faculty member participating in the program. Options for this exercise include: taking an advanced, research-oriented, urban studies course that requires a seminar paper, or its equivalent, of at least 15 to 20 pages; or the completion of an independent study involving a paper or project of similar scope focusing on the student's chosen theme or topic.

Course selection:

Besides the required core course noted above, URST 201, students are required to take five other urban-related courses from three different disciplines. Several courses each in art history, American studies, anthropology, the Cities Program, classics, economics, educational studies, engineering, environmental sciences, history, international studies, political science, public policy and law, sociology, and urban studies qualify as urban courses available for the minor (please consult these respective units' entries in this Bulletin for further details on these courses). All courses need to be approved by the minor coordinator in order to be included in a student's approved program of study for the minor.