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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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.
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.