Academic Programs

The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) administers and supports all of Trinity’s existing and new urban and global initiatives and programs through classroom teaching and learning, faculty and student research, semester or summer study away, and experiential activities in Hartford and globally.  Working with faculty, the Center strives to integrate the academic and experiential studies of local urban issues in the Hartford region and global urban issues in a variety of world cities, especially in the cosmopolitan centers of Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Trinidad, Cape Town, and Shanghai where Trinity operates its own study programs in cooperation with local universities.  On campus, a large number of faculty members from a variety of departments and programs participate in the following three urban programs under the Center through teaching, research, and advising.

Cities Program

The Cities Program—an innovative, non-major program that is open to about 20 talented and motivated students in each entering class—examines cities and urban issues, past and present, in the United States and throughout the world. These students take a varied sequence of six courses together for the first year and half under the guidance and supervision of a small group of dedicated faculty members. Learn more about the Cities program.

Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Major

In the fall of 2013, Trinity will launch its Urban Studies major. This new major will provide a broadly interdisciplinary understanding of how urban dynamics shape both global interdependence and local spaces. It will emphasize how cities are increasingly critical to the organization of economic, soical, and cultural activities that shape and transform human experience. The major will provide opportunities for communit learning hartford, approved selectives courses at the University of Connecticut or the University of Hartford, study away in international cities, as well as internships in a variety of urban settings.

Community Learning Initiative (CLI)


What is community learning? At Trinity, we define it as a type of experiential learning—an academic course in which the faculty member works in partnership with a person or group from the local community to involve students in an experience they could not get in the classroom alone. The learning goes both ways, as the students and community residents share knowledge. Learn more about CLI. 

Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Minor

This new interdisciplinary minor in Urban Studies (established in fall 2010) will help 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. The minor draws from nearly 70 urban courses taught by a variety of faculty within and across many departments and programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Learn more about the interdisciplinary urban studies minor.