Undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies

The Undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies provides undergraduates with an opportunity to pursue their love of cities and communities and to study urban issues in depth. Students can select from a rich variety of courses that examine the interplay among the different groups occupying the urban space, the problems they confront, their struggle for recognition and power, and the forces shaping the physical terrain they inhabit. Students can pursue interests in urban history, urban design, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social movements, and world urbanization.

The Minor offers a good foundation for students contemplating graduate work in urban planning, environmental policy, public administration, public policy, law, or social work. It also can be an intellectually exciting focus for interdisciplinary exploration, because understanding urban phenomena requires synthesizing knowledge from a broad range of the social sciences and humanities.


  • Five courses from at least three different departments among the following: Anthropology, Art History, Child Study and Human Development, Community Health, Economics, Education, History, Sociology, Political Science, and UEP. See a complete brochure of Urban Studies Minor for the list of courses.
  • An optional Urban Studies Minor capstone project that integrates the knowledge and methods of the relevant disciplines. Depending on the topic, the project can be a research paper, an oral presentation, a video, a photographic exhibit, a fictional narrative, or other forms of study.


  1. Interested students should fill out the Declaration of Major/Minor/Change of Advisor Form on the Student Life website and drop off the form in the UEP office to be signed by the Urban Studies Minor coordinator and submission to Student Services. On the declaration form, the Minor advisor is the same as the Minor coordinator.
  2. The Urban Studies Minor requires the completion of five courses from at least three different departments. The courses are generally drawn from the list presented. It is the student's responsibility to consult with the Urban Studies Minor coordinator about other eligible courses.
  3. The completion of an Urban Studies Minor capstone project is optional (see Urban Studies Minor Capstone Guidelines). It is the student's responsibility to select a project committee, in consultation with the Urban Studies Minor coordinator. The committee will consist of two faculty members, one of whom will serve as the project advisor.
  4. The capstone project can be assigned 1, 2, or 3 credit hours. The student should register for UEP195 Urban Studies Capstone via the Student Services One-on-One Course Form with the project advisor as the instructor at the beginning of the semester in which they will complete the project work. If the project advisor is yet to be determined at that time, the student can register for UEP195-01. The project advisor should enter a grade into SIS the same way and timing as a regular course at semester end.
  5. At the same time as completing the major checklist (this is usually December for May graduation), the student must also submit the Urban Studies Minor Certification Form together with an unofficial transcript to the UEP office to obtain the signature of the Minor coordinator. The UEP office will forward the signed form to Student Services on the student's behalf. It is the student's responsibility to deliver this form to UEP.

Students interested in the Urban Studies Minor should contact the program coordinator:
Dr. Justin Hollander
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
97 Talbot Avenue
Phone: 617.627.3394