Urban Studies

Coordinator: Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies Garth A. Myers

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 minors 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 six courses with a clear and strong urban focus and content. A foundational course, URST 201. From Hartford to World Cities 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.

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.