Fall Semester 2022

CTYP 101/URST 101.  Introduction to Urban Studies

This course provides a general introduction to the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. Using a variety of Western and non-Western cities as illustrative examples, the course aims to give a broad survey and understanding of the distinctive characteristics of urban places. Students will learn definitions, concepts, and theories that are fundamental to the field. Topics covered include the role of planning in shaping cities, the economic structure and function of cities, the evolution of urban culture, community organization and development, gentrification and urban renewal, and urban governance policy.

CTYP 106. History of the City

The “History of the City” is an introduction to the origins and evolutions of cities, beginning with the first urban locations in Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean. We will consider these questions: What makes a city? How did cities develop in other major civilizations such as those of China, the Islamic world, and the Americas? How did the city become a crucial engine for the development of human culture, including religion, law, commerce, education, cosmopolitanism, and empire? How have cities adapted to climate change, disease, and immigration? Through the study of primary historical sources and the image of the city in art and literature, students will acquire the historical context and vocabulary to continue their study of cities in the modern world.

Spring Semester 2023

CTYP 200: The American City

This course examines the evolution of American cities since the early 19th century, from early, dense centers of commerce and manufacturing to complex, sprawling metropolitan regions. It pays particular attention to Hartford as an example. Major topics include the impact of technological and economic change, attemps to control and guide development,  immigration, conflicts among groups, and urban culture. The course will also track the evolution of American discourse about the cities as a social, cultural, and governance challange, and the eternal effort to “fix” urban life.

“Plus” Credit

At Trinity, 35 total credits are required for graduation, composed of 32 academic credits, plus 3 credits which may be a combination of academic and co-curricular credits. Co-curricular credits emphasize practical learning which takes place beyond the traditional classroom and expand opportunities for applied research on campus as well as real-world learning in Hartford, and across the world. The plus credit for the Cities Program will include something distinctly urban, whether that is manifested in a Hartford civic engagement, an urban internship, or an independent study extending from Cities courses. A fourth academic course that is urban-focused can also be the means for fulfilling this 4th component of the Cities Program.