Academic Programs

The Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) supports all of Trinity’s existing and new urban and global initiatives and programs through classroom teaching and learning, faculty and student research, semester or summer study away, and experiential activities in Hartford and globally.  Working with faculty, the Center strives to integrate the academic and experiential studies of local urban issues in the Hartford region and global urban issues in a variety of world cities, especially in the cosmopolitan centers of Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Vienna, Buenos Aires, Trinidad, Cape Town, and Shanghai where Trinity operates its own study programs in cooperation with local universities.  On campus, a large number of faculty members from a variety of departments and programs participate in the following four urban-centered programs under the Center through teaching, research, and advising.

Cities Program

The Cities Program—an innovative, non-major program that is open to about 15-20 talented and motivated students in each entering class—examines cities and urban issues, past and present, in the United States and throughout the world. These students take a sequence of four courses together for the first year under the guidance and supervision of a small group of dedicated faculty members. Learn more about the Cities program.

Urban Studies Major

In the fall of 2013, Trinity launched its Urban Studies major. This new major provides a broad understanding of how urban dynamics shape both global interdependence and local spaces. It emphasizes how cities are increasingly critical to the organization of economic, soical, and cultural activities that shape and transform human experience. The major provides opportunities for community learning  in Hartford, approved, selective courses at the University of Connecticut or the University of Hartford, study away in international cities, as well as internships in a variety of urban settings.  Learn more about the Urban Studies major.  

Urban Studies Minor

Thhe minor in Urban Studies  helps 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. The minor draws from nearly 70 urban courses taught by a variety of faculty within and across many departments and programs in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Learn more about the  Urban Studies minor.

Community Learning Initiative (CLI)

What is community learning? At Trinity, we define it as a type of experiential learning—an academic course in which the faculty member works in partnership with a person or group from the local community to involve students in an experience they could not get in the classroom alone. The learning goes both ways, as the students and community residents share knowledge. Learn more about the Community Learning Initiative

Human Rights Program

The Human Rights Program is committed to excellence in the study and practice of human rights.  The Program seeks to foster critical debate about human rights problems, inter-disciplinary dialogue, and conversations that bridge the divide between local and global human rights concerns.   Learn more about the Human Rights Program.