Urban Studies Minor

(Effective October 2010)


Garth A. Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies
This interdisciplinary minor in urban studies 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.  Students will be urged to take advantage of the College’s growing commitment to and diverse academic strength in the field.

Course Requirements

To complete the minor, students will take a total of at least six courses in three different disciplines and complete an integrating exercise on  a central topic or theme approved by the minor’s coordinator.  The Urban Studies minor’s requirements fall into two categories: course work and the required integrating exercise, which may be an independent study or research project.
Students must complete five courses with a clear and strong urban focus and content. A foundational course, From Hartford to World Cities (SOCL 227), is required. At least two of the courses for the minor 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.
  • By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to two courses from a student’s study-away experience may be counted toward the minor.
  • By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to three courses including SOCL 227 from the Cities Program may be accounted toward the minor.
  • Courses that count toward the minor cannot be taken pass/fail, except transfer credits from a non-Trinity study away experience.
  • Students must complete an integrating exercise that synthesizes earlier urban studies work in the minor. While this exercise must be approved by the minor coordinator, it may be supervised by another faculty member participating in the program. Options for this exercise include: taking an advanced, research-oriented, urban studies course that requires a seminar paper, or its equivalent, of at least 15 to 20 pages; or the completion of an independent study involving a paper or project of similar scope focusing on the student’s chosen theme or topic.

Course Selection

Below is a selection of course offerings that may be taken toward the minor. For the courses listed below, the # denotes Community Learning courses, of which the students are encouraged to take one as part of this minor.  Additional departments and programs often offer courses that could be included in the minor, as well.
AHIS 161: Introduction to the History of Western Architecture
AHIS 244: Empire Building – Architecture and Urbanism in Spanish America
AHIS 245: Design and Ritual Space in Renaissance and Baroque Europe
AHIS 250: Written in Stone: The Art and Architecture of the City of Rome
AHIS 256: Modern Architecture
AHIS 265: 19th Century Architecture
AHIS 341: Seminar: Bernini and Borromini: Art and Rivalry in Baroque Rome
AHIS 395: Seminar: Rome: An Art and Architectural History
AMST 298: Introduction to Hip Hop
AMST 355: Urban Mosaic: Migration and Identity
AMST 357: Race and Urban Space
AMST 408:   The Harlem Renaissance Revisited
AMST 443:  Spectacle, Social Control and Spaces of Display
ANTH 253:  Introduction to Urban Anthropology
ANTH 308: Anthropology of Place
CLVC 214: Greek and Roman Architecture
CLVC 222: The Classical City*
CTYP 200: Hartford Past and Present
CTYP 202: The Built Environment
CTYP 206: Writing the City
CTYP 207: Cities in Global and Historical Perspective
ECON 209: Urban Economics
ECON 331-37: Topics in Urban Economics (senior seminar)
ECON 331-52: The Economies of Cities:  How They Grow, Why They Die and What Happens in Between (senior seminar)
ECON 334: Cities and Comparative Economic Development: A Theoretical and Historical Approach
EDUC 200: Analyzing Schools#
EDUC 307: Latinos in Education#
EDUC 308: Cities, Suburbs and Schools#
ENGL 225: Broad Street Stories#
ENGL 226: Spirit of Place
ENGL 308: American Migration
ENGL 314: Manhattan
ENGL 408/808: American Realism & Urban Life
ENGL 443: Theater of the Urban Streets
ENVS 123: Environmental Challenges Posed by Urban Life Along the Yangtze
ENVS 149: Introduction to Environmental Science
ENVS 244: Watershed Hydrology
ENVS 286: Theory and Application of Geographic Information Systems
FYSM 126: Game Changers
FYSM 142: Italian Cities
FYSM 181: Exploring Hartford’s Literary and Cultural Centers
HISP 280: Hispanic Hartford#
HIST 117:  Tokyo Story: Fishing to Cosmo
HIST 125: The Postwar City: Political Culture, Film and Arts
HIST 234: Paris, Vienna and Berlin
HIST 304: Renaissance Italy
HIST 396: River Cities of China: The History of Urban Culture Along the Yangtze
HIST 402: Shanghai: From Treaty Port to Megacity
HIST 451: Transatlantic Urbanism: Europe and the Americas
HIST 881: Urban American in the Age of Revolution
INTS 249: Immigrants and Refugees#
INTS 250: Global Migration
INTS 258: The Islamic City
INTS 300: Transnational Urbanism
INTS 303: Globalization in Urban Southeast Asia
INTS 326: Baghdad in History
INTS 313: The Making of Modern Dubai
LACS 233: Staging Modernism: Berlin, Vienna, Prague
PARIS 237: Understanding Contemporary Paris: Urban and Global Processes
PBPL 330: Comparative Urban Policy
PBPL 826: Urban Administration and Public Policy
POLI 260: Comparative Local Government Systems
POLS 318: Environmental Politics
POLS 355: Urban Politics
POLS 385: Crossing Borders
RELG 202: Religion and the City
ROME 270: Urban and Global Rome
SOCL 206: Organizing by Neighborhood# (a College course in fall 2010)
SOCL 225: Sociology of the Indian City
SOCL 227: From Hartford to World Cities
SOCL 229: Megacities of the Yangtze: Challenges and Opportunities
SOCL 252: Immigration, Social Inclusion and Global Cities
URST 3247: Introduction to Urban Studies

#Denotes Community Learning Courses