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    Urban Studies (BA)

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  • Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies in a program open to transfer students, adults, and other nontraditional undergraduates. The urban studies major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to help students examine the 21st century's greatest challenges — globalization, urbanization, social justice, and sustainability — in the quest of making cities more viable, equitable, healthy, and meaningful.

    • Degree Bachelor of Arts
    • Credits 120 (up to 84 transfer credits)
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus or online
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Flexible Curriculum

    Urban Studies majors have the flexibility to explore courses in multiple academic disciplines as you learn to address the myriad ways urbanization affects many facets of life, including politics, social justice, the environment, and the economy. You develop an understanding of the peoples and structures that make up cities both in the United States and internationally. 

    You can design a customized course of study to meet your personal interests and goals, exploring issues such as:

    • The role of the city in the national and global economy
    • How the city shapes and is shaped by cultural life and the natural environment
    • The intersection of municipal agencies and nonprofit organizations in areas such as housing and homelessness, health, and social welfare
    • How neighborhoods are created, destroyed, and revitalized
    • How urban politics reflects these issues and drives change

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    Interdisciplinary Excellence

    The New School offers the BA in Urban Studies as part of the university's suite of cross-college, interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, which includes Global Studies, Environmental Studies, and Urban Studies. These interdisciplinary programs are designed to prepare students for the new careers of the 21st century.

    Career Paths

    Students who complete the Urban Studies major are prepared to pursue graduate study or to enter careers in fields such as community organizing, development, public policy, urban planning, public health, philanthropy, advocacy, arts, education, journalism, management, entrepreneurship, real estate, or law both domestically and abroad.


  • Learn from and work with faculty mentors who are academic scholars and professional leaders in urban studies fields.

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    • What does gentrification entail? Who are the players? What are the driving forces? What are the lasting outcomes? Who is displaced? To answer these questions, students will directly engage and use a range of audiovisual media to examine how cultural institutions, places of consumption, recreational ...

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  • If you are fascinated by cities, their built environment, and the life that unfolds in them and want to make a difference in making cities more just, liveable, and sustainable places, then urban studies is the right academic field for you.

    Jurgen von Mahs, Chair and Associate Professor in Urban Studies

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