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Advising Guide

We strongly recommend that students wanting to major in Urban Studies begin with URST 101, Introduction to Urban Studies. It is highly recommended that this course be taken during one of the first three semesters at Trinity. It is equally highly recommended that students take URST 201: From Hartford to World Cities, during their third semester (Fall of the sophomore year). These are the two foundational courses of the major. It is best that they not be taken in the junior or senior year; seniors are highly restricted in terms of permission to enroll in URST 101 at all, in fact.

The Urban Studies major has 4 core courses. URST 101 and 201 are the first two of these, and the Senior Seminar, URST 401 is the 4th. For the 3rd core course, students must take an urban-focused Community Learning Initiative course. There are typically three such courses in any given year directly under Urban Studies: URST 206: Organizing by Neighborhood, URST 210: Sustainable Urban Development, and URST 301: Community Development Strategies. However, there are many other courses designated at CLI classes in other departments which have urban content, and these will also fulfill the CLI component of URST’s core course series.

Students interested in the Urban Studies major should also meet early in their college career with Prof. Garth Myers, URST’s Director, and/or Prof. Xiangming Chen, Dean and Director of the Center for Urban and Global Studies. Myers and Chen are the two faculty members with appointments directly in Urban Studies. Their advising can help students to effectively shape the other 8 courses in the major – 4 of which are general electives with urban content, and 4 of which must take shape as a coherent concentration or cluster of courses within the field.