Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies Myers, Director; Paul E. Raether Distinguished
Professor of Global Urban Studies and Sociology Chen; Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of American Studies
Baldwin; Professors Curran and Morrison; Associate Professors Harrington and Triff; Associate Director Leonard Greenberg
Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life Walsh.
The urban studies major provides a broadly interdisciplinary understanding of how urban dynamics shape both global
interdependence and local spaces. The major stresses the way in which cities and communities are critical to the organization
of economic, social, and cultural activities that shape and transform human experiences. Students can take full advantage of
the College’s strong and diverse academic resources in the urban field through courses at the Trinity campus and local
partner schools, community learning in Hartford, study-away opportunities in international cities, as well as internships in a
variety of urban settings.
The urban studies major—To complete the major, students will take a total of at least 12 courses, as
- Four core courses
- URST 101. Introduction to Urban Studies or another 200-level comparative urban course
- URST 201. From Hartford to World Cities
- URST 401. Senior Seminar
- A Community Learning Initiative course or the community learning research colloquium
- Four courses in a thematic cluster
- A sequence of four courses in one of the following thematic clusters. At least one course in the thematic
cluster must be at the 300 level, and no courses at the 100 level can be counted toward the cluster.
This sequence, developed in consultation with the student’s adviser, provides a concentration within the
interdisciplinary realm of urban studies beyond the content of the core courses.
- Four other courses in urban studies
Additional Major Requirements
- Students must complete an integrating exercise, in addition to the 12 courses, that synthesizes earlier urban
studies work in the major unless they choose to get honors in the major through URST 401, which will
require them to complete a thesis. Options for this exercise include: taking an advanced, research-oriented,
urban studies course that requires a seminar paper, or its equivalent, of significant length; or the completion of
an independent study involving a paper or project of a similarly significant scope that focuses on the student’s
chosen topic. Either option can be linked to one of the 12 courses as an extended requirement with the consent
of an instructor.
- At least one of the courses in each cluster 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.
- Comparative and Global Perspective Requirement: At least one of the elective courses must be either (A) a
study-away course or (B) an approved domestic internship that will expand the student’s capacity for awareness
of global urbanism.
- By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to two courses from a student’s study-away experience may be
counted toward the major in any one of the three clusters.
- By permission of the faculty coordinator, up to three courses from the Cities Program may be counted toward
- Courses that count toward the major cannot be taken pass/fail.
- All courses that count toward the major must earn a grade of C- or better.
- No more than three courses are allowed to double-count between urban studies and another major.
- No more than one 100-level course or first-year seminar other than URST 101 can be counted toward the
major (see a short list below).
Honors—To receive honors in urban studies, a student must have completed a minimum of five courses for the major by the
fifth semester, complete a thesis with a grade of A- or better, and earn a GPA of at least 3.5 in courses counted toward the
major, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0.