A selective, one-year non-major curriculum for 15-20 talented and strongly motivated students in each entering class, the Cities Program examines cities and urban issues, past and present, in the United States and elsewhere, from various humanities and social science perspectives. In their first semester, participating students take two courses (Introduction to Urban Studies and City as Built Environment), the latter of which has been expressly created for the program and is not open to other students. In the second semester, students take another specific course for the Cities Program and also choose another elective from a growing number of urban-related classes at Trinity, approved by the student’s adviser and the director of the program.
The Cities Program, which admitted its first students in the spring of 1996, is designed to be compatible with every major offered at Trinity, including not just those in the humanities and social science disciplines that are central to the program, but also those in the arts and the natural sciences. The Cities Program has also become a launching pad for students to continue with an urban studies minor (instituted in 2010) or major, launched in fall 2013.
In March of each year, exceptionally well-qualified applicants for admission to Trinity are invited to become candidates for the program. Applicants to the College who do not receive such an invitation but who find the program appealing may also become candidates by notifying its director, Dean Xiangming Chen, of their interest no later than April 25.