Concentrations

All Urban Studies students declare a concentration when they declare the major or minor.  In choosing an area of concentration, you choose an area of specialization within the broad field of Urban Studies.  This choice helps you to focus your coursework, and can help you in preparing for a specific career or graduate school. 

Your concentrations is declared only to the program office; it does not appear on your diploma or transcript.  Students majoring in Urban Studies must take at least 25 credits in their concentration, including the required course for that concentration.  Students minoring in Urban Studies must take at least 3 courses in their concentration, including the required course.

Our areas of concentration have been revised for 2007-2008.  The following are the concentration areas available to NEW majors and minors:

Cities in Comparative and Historical Perspective

Focuses on how cities have evolved over time, and how they are continuing to change today in societies around the world.  Faculty and courses drawn primarily from Anthropology, Classics, History, Art History, and others.

Required Course: CASA 112. The Archaeology of Modern Urbanism

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Urban Education

Focuses on urban youth, and on the challenges and opportunities facing urban students, teachers, and schools.  Faculty and courses drawn primarily from the School of Education.

Required Course: EDUC 212X. Urban Education

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Urban Society and Social Change

Focuses on issues in contemporary urban society, including environmental challenges, racial and class inequality, and the provision of adequate urban infrastructure.  Courses also examine the tools and concepts useful in addressing those issues.  Faculty and courses drawn primarily from Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and others.

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Urban Sustainability

The concentration in Urban Sustainability is a new initiative, designed for students seeking the theoretical framework and training for research and professional practice addressing environmental and social sustainability in cities. Students will have the opportunity to pursue coursework in the fields of science and engineering that addresses the technical and infrastructural aspects of cities, as well as coursework in urban studies, sociology, and anthropology that focuses on the social systems of cities.

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Self-Designed

Students who wish to concentrate in an area of urban studies other than one listed above may work with an adviser to design a concentration that fits their interests.  Proposals must be approved by the Director of Urban Studies.

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