Public Engagement

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). 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. There is not yet a minor in Urban Studies.

    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 download the Program Requirement Worksheet for Urban Studies to track their progress. They should bring the advising worksheet when meeting with their advisors. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill the major requirement.

    Required Courses Credits
    Fundamentals Course. Choose one:*

    • ULEC 2620 Landscapes of the City or
    • ULEC 2621 Dynamic Metropolis or
    • UURB 2100 Urban Worlds: Social Justice and the Lived City
    History Elective. Choose one:*
    • UURB 2502 Historical Preservation: 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
    • UURB 3140 Policy, Research, Social Change or
    • UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS or
    • LLSJ 3505 Visualizing Data
    Urban Core Lab. Choose one:*
    • UURB 3031 City Studio: Action Research for Social Change or
    • UURB 3400 Community/Art/Development or
    • UURB 3800 Urban Practice and Design Strategies
    Urban Core Project. Choose one:*
    • UURB 3510 Homelessness: An International Perspective or
    • UURB 3035 Placemaking or
    • UURB 3301 City in Motion: Radical Interventions in Transporation and Infrastructure or
    • PSDS 2532 Collab: Urban Interventions
    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 39-47

    *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.