The Cities Program views cities from a broad range of perspectives in the humanities and social sciences, drawing on insights from history, architectural history, literary and cultural studies, anthropology, economics, environmental science, geography, politics, sociology, and urban planning, among other fields. It balances a strong emphasis on older cities in the United States and Europe with a timely attention to rapid urbanization elsewhere, especially the explosive growth of megacities (e.g., Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai) in the developing world. The program has a natural curricular connection to the new interdisciplinary Urban Studies Major (launching Fall of 2013), as well as the Urban Studies Minor.
In partnership with the Office of International Programs, the Cities Program connects the study of Hartford with opportunities to explore cities across the globe—including Rome, Barcelona, and Cape Town, where Trinity College hosts its own study-away programs. Students in the Cities Program may also take advantage of shorter summer programs focusing on urban issues through research projects, experiential learning, and internship opportunities.
The program is an integral part of the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity, which was officially inaugurated in October of 2007.