• Overview

    The Urban Studies minor provides a foundational, interdisciplinary understanding of urbanism and the social, spatial, material, ecological, political, and institutional conditions that shape cities and metropolitan regions. With experiential learning as a key component, the minor provides a strong foundation for students' engagement with the city, whether as citizens, scholars, artists, designers, architects, bloggers, activists, journalists, educators, curators, or other actors with a stake in the urban. Learn more about the Urban Studies program.  

    Learning Outcomes

    By the successful completion of this minor, a student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of cities as generators of economic, social, and cultural vitality as well as landscapes transformed by human planning and design;
    2. Distinguish between varied urban concepts, practices, and research methods that emerge from different disciplines, interests, ideologies, and traditions;
    3. Employ spatial thinking and conceptualize the metropolis at a variety of scales — from street-level exchanges to regional systems to global networks and flows;
    4. Apply critical analysis to primary sources such as maps, planning documents, agency reports, interviews, observations, literary texts, photographs, films, data sets, architectural plans, or buildings;
    5. Recognize cities as sites of contestation and engagement over governance, rights, citizenship, and social justice;
    6. Convey ideas in oral and written communication.


    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Fundamentals Course

    UURB 2100: Urban Worlds

    ULEC 2620: The Dynamic Metropolis

    ULEC 2620: Landscapes of the City

    3 credits

    NYC Experiential Learning Elective

    UURB 3010: Sensing the City

    UURB 3301: City in Motion

    UURB 3450: Immigrant New York

    UURB 3501: NYC: Past, Present, Future

    UURB 3601: Urban Journalism

    UURB 4676: Urban Intelligence

    3-4 credits

    UURB 2350: Race and Gender — Global City

    UURB 2410: Urban Ecology

    UURB 2800: Interpreting Space and Cities

    UURB 3001: Planning Sustainable Cities

    UURB 3100: Education, Race, and Place

    UURB 3620: Photojournalism and Urban Calamities

    UURB 3423: Anthropology of Home

    UURB 3664: Latin American Cities

    UURB 4078: Urban Poverty and Inequality

    UURB 4223: Maps as Media

    UURB 4510: The Design of Cities

    UURB 4521: Political Economy of the City

    UURB 4524: African Cities

    UENV 3200: Spatial Thinking with GIS

    UENV 3400: Urban Resilience

    UENV 4520: Urban Food Systems

    ULEC 2280: Liquid Cities

    LLST 3061: Baudelaire: City Blues

    LMUS 3115: Urban Soundscapes

    LSOC 2850: Urban Sociology

    LSCI 2300: Intro to Urban Environmental Health

    LVIS 3022: Art, Space, and the Global City

    NARH 3872: History of Urban Planning

    NARH 3874: Housing the Modern Dweller

    NCST 3300: Queer New York

    PLSD 2100: History of Architecture

    PLSD 3002: Architecture, the City, and Cinema

    PSAM 3705: X-Studio: Walking as a Practice

    PSCE 3020: Design Build: Urban Public Space

    PSCE 4021: Designing Sustainable Foodscapes

    PSDS 2510: Visualizing Urban Change

    PSDS 3510: Designing Urban Agriculture

    9-12 credits

    At least 2 courses must be at the 3000-level or higher.

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Jürgen von Mahs, chair, at