Major Curriculum (2019 Majors Onwards Under New Requirements)

In short, there are 14 required courses for a major in Urban Studies, which we sort into 7 categories:

U

Introduction to Urban Studies (UN1515)

1

A

3 social science courses with a substantial urban focus

One course chosen from the following disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology AND Demography, Engineering, Environmental Science & Sustainable Development, Public Health, Africana Studies (SIPA & GSAPP by permission).  Only one course from each - dealing primarily with urban subject matter. Highest priority. You must complete at least two of your three ‘A’ courses before taking the Junior Colloquia.

3

B

Humanities (with a substantial urban focus)

One course from a discipline not listed under Requirement ‘A’ (such as Africana Studies, American Studies, Art History, Dance, Education, English, Religion, etc.) dealing primarily with urban subject matter.

1

C

Methods of analysis

One methods course, such as URBS UN2200 — Intro to GIS: Methods (other GIS by petition)

1

D

Specialization

 

Non-GIS Methods of analysis course in specialization can be included e.g. Methods of Social Analysis (UN3010)

5

E

Junior Seminar

URBS UN3545 — The Shaping of the Modern City. You must complete at least two of your ‘A’ courses before taking the Junior Seminar.

1

F

Senior Research Seminar + Thesis

A senior thesis written in conjunction with a two-semester research seminar chosen from the following four options: 

  1. URBS UN3992-93 — The Built Environment
  2. URBS UN3994-95 — New York Undergraduate Field Research
  3. URBS UN3996-97 — International Topics in Urban Studies
  4. A research seminars (2) in the department of your specialization (with Director’s approval).

2

 

Total Courses

14