Major Requirements

Urban Studies

The urban studies major provides a broadly interdisciplinary understanding of how urban dynamics shape both global interdependence and local spaces. The major stresses the way in which cities and communities are critical to the organization of economic, social, and cultural activities that shape and transform human experiences. Students can take full advantage of the College's strong and diverse academic resources in the urban field through courses at the Trinity campus and local partner schools, community learning in Hartford, study-away opportunities in international cities, as well as internships in a variety of urban settings.

The urban studies major—To complete the major, students will take a total of at least 12 courses, as follows:

  • Four core courses

    • URST 101. Introduction to Urban Studies or another 200-level comparative urban course

    • URST 201. From Hartford to World Cities
    • URST 401. Senior Seminar
    • A Community Learning Initiative course or the community learning research colloquium
  • Four courses in a thematic cluster

    • A sequence of four courses in one of the following thematic clusters. At least one course in the thematic cluster must be at the 300 level, and no courses at the 100 level can be counted toward the cluster. This sequence, developed in consultation with the student's adviser, provides a concentration within the interdisciplinary realm of urban studies beyond the content of the core courses.
  • Four other courses in urban studies

Additional Major Requirements

  • Students must complete an integrating exercise, in addition to the 12 courses, that synthesizes earlier urban studies work in the major unless they choose to get honors in the major through URST 401, which will require them to complete a thesis. Options for this exercise include: taking an advanced, research-oriented, urban studies course that requires a seminar paper, or its equivalent, of significant length; or the completion of an independent study involving a paper or project of a similarly significant scope that focuses on the student's chosen topic. Either option can be linked to one of the 12 courses as an extended requirement with the consent of an instructor.
  • At least one of the courses in each cluster 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.
  • Comparative and Global Perspective Requirement: At least one of the elective courses must be either (A) a study-away course or (B) an approved domestic internship that will expand the student's capacity for awareness of global urbanism.
  • By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to two courses from a student's study-away experience may be counted toward the major in any one of the three clusters.
  • By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to three courses from the Cities Program may be counted toward the major.
  • Courses that count toward the major cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All courses that count toward the major must earn a grade of C- or better.
  • No more than three courses are allowed to double-count between urban studies and another major.
  • No more than one 100-level course or first-year seminar other than URST 101 can be counted toward the major (see a short list below).