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  • Curriculum

    This page outlines requirements for the degree in Urban Studies (BA Urban Studies). Students can also pursue this subject as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS Liberal Arts). Accepted students who have not previously completed at least 30 liberal arts credits will be required to take their first 12 credits at The New School in general education courses. Students are encouraged to download the Program Requirement Worksheet for Urban Studies to track their progress. Search the University Course Catalog for a list of current course offerings.

    Subject AreaSample Courses  Credits
    One (1) Fundamentals Course
      ULEC 2620 Urban Worlds 
      3
      One (1) Urban Methods Elective*
        UURB 3210 Spatial Thinking with GIS 
        UURB 3112 Ethnographic Writing Workshop
        LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS
        LLSJ 3505 Visualizing Data
        UURB 3XXX Urban Photography
        UURB 3XXX Urban Community Lab
        3-4**
        One (1) NYC Experiential Learning*
          UURB 3XXX Urban Community Lab
          UURB 3XXX Culture City
          3-4
          One (1) 2000-Level Elective* UURB 2610 Gentrification and the Media 
          UURB 2026 City of Islands 
          3-4**
          Four (3) 3000-Level Elective*
            UURB 3111 Freedom Cities: Black Geographies and Social Activism
            UURB 3112 Ethnographic Writing Workshop
            UURB 3210 Spatial Thinking with GIS
            UURB 3501 New York City: Past, Present
            UURB 3629 The Suburbs: Divided We Sprawl
            UURB 3XXX Spaces of Urban Protest  

            UURB 3XXX Urban Community Lab
            UURB 3XXX Chinese Cities 
            UURB 3XXX Urban Photography 
            UURB 3XXX Culture City

            12-16**
             Two (2) 4000-Level Elective* UURB 4100 Urban Century
            UURB 4417 Infrastructure and Social Compact
            UURB 4521 Political Economy of the City
            UURB 4139 Smart Cities and Urban Values
            UURB 4XXX Housing Policy 
            UURB 4XXX African Cities
            UURB 4XXX Urban Informality 
            6-8** 
             Two (2) Senior Capstone UURB 4900 Senior Seminar I
            UURB 4901 Senior Seminar II
             4-8***
            Total Credits 34-47

            *Elective course offerings vary from semester to semester and may include courses with other prefixes.

            **Credit structures vary, as some courses carry 3 credits and others carry 4 credits.

            ***Senior seminars operate on a sliding credit scale (1-4) depending on the nature and extent of the senior capstone project. A minimum of 4 credits combined must be allocated to senior seminars.

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