The First Year

During the first year, you will take an integrated sequence of four courses in the program—two each semester. These courses have been expressly created for the program and are open only to students enrolled in it. They introduce an array of urban topics from four distinctive and complementary disciplinary perspectives.

Fall Semester

CTYP 101/URST 101.  Introduction to Urban Studes - Myers, Garth

This course provides a general introduction to the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. Using a variety of Western and non-Western cities as illustrative examples, the course aims to give a broad survey and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of urban places. Students will learn definitions, concepts, and theories that are fundamental to the field. Topics covered include the role of planning in shaping cities, the economic structure and function of cities, the evolution of urban culture, community organization and development, gentrification and urban renewal, and urban governance policy.

CTYP 202. The City as Built Environment - Curran, Kathleen

This course selectively examines the architectural and planning history of major European and American cities from ancient Greece to the present day. Topics include the nature of city centers and the role of public space, the formalization of town planning as a discipline, patterns of patronage and architectural education, the infrastructure of cities, and the influence of new technologies and industrialization on cities. A selection of examples—Athens, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Vienna, New York, and Washington, D.C.—will serve as case studies.

Spring Semester

CTYP 200:  The American City - Myers, Garth

The course examines the evolution of American cities since the early 19th century, from early, dense centers of commerce and manufacturing to complex, sprawling metropolitan regions. It pays particular attention to Hartford as an example. Major topics include the impact of technological and economic change, attempts to control and guide development, immigration, conflicts among groups, and urban culture. The course will also track the evolution of American discourse about the cities as a social, cultural, and governance challenge, and the eternal effort to “fix” urban life.

Any elective from a list of urban-related ourses approved by the Director of the Cities Program


The Cities Program provides a broad interdisciplinary foundation for students to pursue their urban interests further and deeper. One such opportunity is Trinity’s summer program in China, “Megacities of the Yangtze River.”