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 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 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:

Besides the required core course noted above, URST 201, students are required to take five other urban-related courses from three different disciplines. Several courses each in art history, American studies, anthropology, the Cities Program, classics, economics, educational studies, engineering, environmental sciences, history, international studies, political science, public policy and law, sociology, and urban studies qualify as urban courses available for the minor (please consult these respective units’ entries in this Bulletin for further details on these courses). All courses need to be approved by the minor coordinator in order to be included in a student’s approved program of study for the minor.