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  • This page outlines requirements for the major in Urban Studies (BA, Urban Studies). Students can also study this subject as a minor. Students interested in the minor should consult Jürgen von Mahs, chair, at freiherr@newschool.edu.

    Requirements for the BA in Urban Studies - Updated for 2020-21

    Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the Departmental Faculty Advisor and your Student Success advisor. Learn more and track your progress in the Detailed Degree Requirements and Urban Studies Requirements Worksheets below.

    REQUIREMENTSCREDITS

    Introductory courses:

    • UURB 2100 Urban Worlds: Social Justice and the Lived City
    3-4

    Other required courses:

    • Methods elective (3-4 credits)
    • Seven UUEV electives outlined as follows. One must be a non-Western/comparative course at any level.
      • One 2000-level UURB elective (3-4 credits)
      • Four 3000-level UURB electives (12-16 credits)
      • Two 4000-level UURB electives (or graduate-level with permission) (6-8 credits)
    • One NYC Experiential Learning elective (3-4 credits)
    27-36

    Senior Capstone. 

    • UURB 4900 Senior Seminar I (1-4 credits)
    • UURB 4901 Senior Seminar II (1-4 credits)
    2-8
    Total Credits32-48

     

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