Degree Requirements

  • 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) or as a minor. Students interested in the minor should consult Jürgen von Mahs, chair, at


    Requirements for the Major in Urban Studies

    Required Courses Credits

    Fundamentals Course. Choose one:*

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

    History Elective. Choose one:*

    • UURB 2502 Historical Preservation: Time, Space and Design or
    • UURB 3702 Topics in Urban History: Berlin or
    • UURB: 3501 NYC: Past, Present, and Future or
    • UURB 3876 Explorations in Alternative Housing

    Methods Elective. Choose one:*

    • UURB 2013 Urban Tool Box or
    • UGLB 3200 Ethnographic and Qualitative Methods or
    • UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS or
    • LLSJ 3505 Visualizing Data

    Urban Core Lab. Choose one:*

    • UURB 3031 City Studio: Adapting Urban Space or
    • PSDS 2532 Collab: Urban Interventions or
    • UURB 3400 Community/Art/Development or
    • UURB 3800 Urban Practice and Design Strategies

    Urban Core Project. Choose one:*

    • UURB 3100 Education, Race, and Place or
    • UURB 3450 Immigrant New York or
    • UURB 3601 Urban Journalism or
    • UURB 3301 City in Motion: Radical Interventions in Transportation and Infrastructure

    6 UURB Electives**. 18-24

    Senior Capstone. Students must complete a total of 4 credits from the following:

    • UURB 4900 Senior Seminar I (1-4 credits)
    • UURB 4901 Senior Seminar II (1-4 credits)


    Total Credits 37-47

    *Additional courses from the Urban Studies Course Bulletin may be taken to fulfill elective course requirements.
    **One must be 2000 level, three must be 3000 level, and two must be 4000 level. Electives must include one non-Western/comparative course, at any level.

    Requirements Worksheet

    Only specific courses satisfy requirements of the major in Urban Studies, including electives. Not all courses are offered every semester. Courses should be chosen carefully in consultation with an advisor. Students are encouraged to track their program using the program requirements worksheet (see below) for the year in which they declared their major in Urban Studies (see below). They should bring this worksheet when meeting with their advisors. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill the major requirements.