The requirements for completing an area of concentration in Urban Studies are organized into four parts:
Core. What is Urban Studies?
Tools for Urban Analysis. What are the tools available for an integrated and practical study of urban development?
Disciplinary Foundations. What disciplinary knowledge do I need as both foundational to work in Urban Studies, and where do I need more advanced courses to develop my skills?
Internship or practicum. How are the tools and knowledge of Urban Studies put into practice in different settings?
The requirements are designed to ensure that every student acquires a foundation in some common courses while retaining enough flexibility that each student can plan a course of study (in consultation with their advisers) that is tailored to their particular interests. Since specific courses may not always be available, and faculty often introduce new courses appropriate to students’ interests within Urban Studies, students should expect to work with their adviser and discuss options with the Urban Studies faculty as they put together their plan to complete the area of concentration.
In addition to the core courses, every student must schedule a career exploration session with a counselor at the Center for Engagement and Opportunity.
Five courses from the following list, including at least one advanced seminar with an urban focus. At least five courses from the list of courses eligible for credit (depending on the student’s specific interests and focus). A key part of planning an individual student’s program will be consideration of the foundational work necessary to prepare for an eventual career in the field. Advisers will work closely with students to craft a coherent and focused program, oriented to a potential career path. These courses can be drawn from the following areas:
Each student is expected to complete a semester (or summer) internship in a related field. The Urban Lab is a practicum in which students will participate in a group project in collaboration with local community partners. Availability of an Urban Lab project varies year to year.
Students may choose to participate in a capstone thesis workshop.
In order to combine Urban Studies with another AOC, students will be required to complete eight courses in Urban Studies (including a practicum or internship), in addition to related foundational work in the other area of concentration.
In addition, it is expected that they will take courses as part of the other AOC that contribute to the development of critical perspectives and communication skills relevant to Urban Studies. A member of the Urban Studies faculty will serve on the baccalaureate committee and the thesis or senior project will reflect the joint nature of the concentration. (For example: Biology/Urban Studies. Data Science/Urban Studies. Economics/Urban Studies.)
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