An integral part of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, the Cities Program is one of Trinity’s six Gateway programs for a small number of selective first-year students to learn and understand all aspects of cities through a cluster of interdisciplinary courses and experiential curricular activities. The Cities Program lays the academic foundation for the students who complete it in two semesters to expand and deepen their interest in urban issues through continued course study on campus, research and engagement in Hartford, and Trinity’s study-away programs in international cities.


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 the first semester, participating students take two courses, Introduction to Urban Studies and The American City, the latter of which has been expressly created for the program and is not open to other students. In the second semester, students take From Hartford to World Cities and The Politics of Real Estate.

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 major or minor.

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, Professor Garth Myers, of their interest no later than April 25.