Urban Studies

Designed as an interdisciplinary program, the urban studies major offers a broad introduction to the city and the urban environment. Students combine coursework and research on urban issues with hands-on experience in New York City as well as other American and international cities. The curriculum prepares majors for graduate school and professional programs in teaching, social work, public policy, architecture and urban planning as well as for careers in government service and community development, the nonprofit sector, journalism and law.

Urban Design and Architecture Concentration

Fordham’s pre-architecture program is designed to prepare students for professional training at the graduate level. Most design schools do not specify a particular undergraduate major for admission, but an urban studies major is an appropriate and useful preparation for programs in urban and regional planning, architecture, and landscape architecture.

For graduate school application advice and for admission requirements for all the design professions, please refer to the Pre-Architecture section of this Bulletin. For students who plan to work immediately after graduation, this program will support careers in real estate, construction, and community development. Urban studies students wishing to do a senior independent design project associated with their senior thesis (URST 4890 RESEARCH SEMINAR) should register for VART 4090 SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTURE, with the permission of the program director.

CourseTitleCredits
Required Courses
VART 1101URBANISM3
SOCI 26904
URST 4800URBAN STUDIES INTERNSHIP4
Suggested Course
It is strongly suggested that students also take the following:
DESIGNING THE CITY
Electives
Select electives from design courses or cross-listed courses
Total Credits11

Electives

Electives may be drawn from all urban studies cross-listed courses, but students pursuing this concentration should give special emphasis to design courses.

Design Electives

CourseTitleCredits
VART 1160ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE4
VART 2055ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
VART 2085SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK3
VART 3070URBAN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I4
VART 4090SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTURE4
HIST 3626SOCIAL HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE4
PSYC 3340URBAN PSYCHOLOGY4

Early Admission to Master’s Program

Undergraduate students from the Fordham Colleges with a GPA above 3.5 will be invited to apply for early admission to the master’s degree program in urban studies in the second semester of their junior year. Students applying for this option are not required to submit GRE scores. Students admitted to the Urban Studies Master’s Program under the early admissions policy will take the two 5000-level required core courses during their senior year (Issues in Urban Studies and Urban Political Processes). These courses will count toward the bachelor’s degree (which is awarded at the end of the fourth year) and are accepted for the master’s, which can be completed by the May of the following year under full-time study.

Program Activities

The urban studies program hosts a wide variety of events throughout the academic year, including lectures, field trips, and tours, and informational lunches. The “City Series” brings distinguished scholars of the city to Fordham Lincoln Center for lectures and faculty-student seminars. The annual Senior Thesis Dinner presents the outstanding research of graduating seniors. Urban studies students also take part in undergraduate conferences and research forums.

Urban studies majors have received numerous prestigious awards, including the New York City Teaching Fellows and the City of New York Urban Fellows Programs.

Courses outside the program

The following courses offered outside the department have the URST attribute and count toward the Urban Studies major and minor:

CourseTitleCredits
AFAM 2005AMERICAN PLURALISM4
AFAM 3036GLOBAL BLACK YOUTH CULTURES4
AFAM 3102THE BLACK FAMILY4
AFAM 3115MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND MALCOLM X4
AFAM 3130RACIAL AND ETHNIC CONFLICT4
AFAM 3132BLACK PRISON EXPERIENCE4
AFAM 3134FROM ROCK-N-ROLL TO HIP-HOP4
AFAM 3136CIVIL RIGHTS/BLACK POWER4
AFAM 3632HARLEM RENAISSANCE4
AFAM 4000AFFIRMATIVE ACTION AND THE AMERICAN DREAM4
AFAM 4650SOCIAL WELFARE AND SOCIETY4
AFAM 4890RESEARCH SEMINAR4
AFAM 4896FEELING THE FUNK4
ANTH 2620THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF CITIES4
ANTH 3180ETHNOGRAPHIC METHODS: CULTURES OF NEW YORK CITY4
ANTH 3340ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES ON RACE AND ETHNICITY4
ANTH 3341RACE, SEX, AND SCIENCE4
ANTH 3343GHETTOS AND GATED COMMUNITIES4
ANTH 3353ANTHROPOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION4
ANTH 3354RACE, IDENTITY, AND GLOBALIZATION4
ANTH 3510MUSEUMS: CULTURES ON DISPLAY4
ARHI 2460ARCHITECTURE 1300-17504
ARHI 2540MODERN ARCHITECTURE4
ARHI 3100MUSEUM METHODS4
ARHI 3315THE CITY OF ROME4
BISC 1002ECOLOGY: A HUMAN APPROACH3
BISC 5511CONSERVATION LAW AND POLICY3
CISC 2500INFORMATION AND DATA MANAGEMENT4
COLI 3450THE CITY IN LITERATURE AND ART4
COMC 2234MEDIA AND THE ARTS4
COMC 2271MEDIATED COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL THEORY4
COMC 3235POPULAR MUSIC AS COMMUNICATION4
COMC 4241COMMUNICATION, POPULAR CULTURE, AND PHILOSOPHY4
COMC 4279MEDIA AND POPULAR CULTURE4
ECON 3215Bronx Urban Economic Development4
ECON 3240WORLD POVERTY4
ECON 3244INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY4
ECON 3346INTERNATIONAL TRADE4
ECON 3570LABOR MARKET AND DIVERSITY4
ECON 3580ECONOMICS OF DIVERSITY4
ECON 3850ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS4
ECON 3971URBAN ECONOMICS4
ECON 5015ECO DEVELOPMENT POLICY3-4
ENGL 3440VICTORIAN COSMOPOLITANISMS4
ENGL 362920TH CENTURY AFRO-AMERICAN LITERATURE4
ENGL 3652NEW WAVE IMMIGRANT LITERATURE4
ENGL 4121NEW YORK CITY IN FICTION4
ENGL 5176MASTER CLASS : WRITING ABOUT PLACE3
ENGL 5846COUNTRY & CITY IN AMERICAN LIT3
ENST 3070GREEN ARCHITECTURE4
HIST 3102WORKER IN AMERICAN LIFE4
HIST 3565HISTORY OF NEW YORK4
HIST 3619WORLD'S FAIR4
HIST 3624EUROPEAN CITIES4
HIST 3626SOCIAL HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE4
HIST 3804CITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY4
HIST 3806U.S. IMMIGRATION/ETHNICITY4
HIST 3808NEW YORK CITY POLITICS4
HIST 3862HISTORY OF NEW YORK CITY4
HIST 3922EAST ASIAN CITIES4
HIST 3940THE AFRICAN CITY4
HIST 3990NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY4
LALS 3343CRIME AND MINORITY RIGHTS4
LALS 5001LAT AMER & LATINO CULTRS4
MUSC 2014JAZZ: A HISTORY IN SOUND4
PHIL 3109ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
PHYS 1203ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS3
PJST 4970COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL ACTION4
POSC 2102INTRODUCTION TO URBAN POLITICS4
POSC 3120NEW YORK CITY INTERNSHIP4
POSC 3121NEW YORK CITY POLITICS4
POSC 3307ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS4
POSC 3324POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION4
POSC 3507INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS4
POSC 3610POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT4
POSC 3645POLITICS OF IMMIGRATION4
POSC 3915INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY4
POSC 4020PLACE, SPACE, AND IMMIGRANT CITIES4
POSC 4400SEMINAR: GLOBAL JUSTICE4
POSC 6530POLITICAL ECONOMY OF DEVELOPMENT3,4
PSYC 3340URBAN PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 3600MULTICULTURAL PSYCHOLOGY4
PSYC 4820COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY5
SOCI 2410INEQUALITY: CLASS, RACE, AND ETHNICITY4
SOCI 2420SOCIAL PROBLEMS OF RACE AND ETHNICITY4
SOCI 2606SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS4
SOCI 2607SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND STATISTICS4
SOCI 2650BASIC RESEARCH METHODS4
SOCI 2701INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE4
SOCI 2703SOCIAL DEVIANCE4
SOCI 2845DRUGS, LAW, AND SOCIETY4
SOCI 2850METHODS SOCIAL RESEARCH I4
SOCI 2851METHODS SOCIAL RESEARCH II4
SOCI 2960POPULAR CULTURE4
SOCI 3000LATINO IMAGES IN MEDIA4
SOCI 3017INEQUALITY IN AMERICA4
SOCI 3021SOCIOLOGY OF MEDICINE4
SOCI 3046INTERNATIONAL SOCIOLOGY4
SOCI 3136INEQUALITY-WHY/EFFECTS4
SOCI 3140OLD AND NEW MINORITIES IN THE U.S.4
SOCI 3148POPULATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUES4
SOCI 3405GENDER, RACE, AND CLASS4
SOCI 3406RACE/SOCIAL CONSTRUCT4
SOCI 3415DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBALIZATION4
SOCI 3418CONTEMPORARY IMMIGRATION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE4
SOCI 3427HISPANICS/LATINOS IN THE USA4
SOCI 3601URBAN POVERTY4
SOCI 3602URBAN SOCIOLOGY4
SOCI 3670HISPANIC WOMEN4
SOCI 3701INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE4
SOCI 3711AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS4
SOCI 3713CRIMINOLOGY4
SOCI 3720MASS INCARCERATION4
SOCI 4020PLACE, SPACE, AND IMMIGRANT CITIES4
SOCI 4902INTERNSHIP SEMINAR: COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS4
SOCI 4961URBAN ISSUES AND POLICIES4
SOCI 4970COMMUNITY SERVICE/SOCIAL ACTION4
SOCI 5401GENDER ETHNICITY & MIGRT3-4
SOCI 5605VULNERABLE POP & MIGRATN2
SOCI 5614HISPANIC POLICY ISSUES3-4
SOCI 5705RACE, GENDER, AND CRIME3-4
SOCI 5820ART WORLD AND URBAN ENVIRONMNT3
SOCI 6300GRADUATE STATISTICS I3-4
SOCI 6705RACE, GENDER AND CJS3
SOWK 6801SOCIAL WORK RESEARCH I3
SPAN 2640SPANISH AND NEW YORK CITY4
SPAN 3070THE LATIN-AMERICAN URBAN CHRONICLE4
SPAN 3630CULTURAL JOURNEY THROUGH MEXICO CITY4
VART 1101URBANISM3
VART 1160ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE4
VART 2050DESIGNING THE CITY4
VART 2055ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
VART 2065INTERIOR AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN4
VART 2070ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I4
VART 2085SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK3
VART 3055ECOLOGY FOR DESIGNERS4
VART 3070URBAN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN I4
VART 3267FILM AND THE CITY4
VART 4090SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECTURE4
VART 5555URBAN FILM VIDEO PRODUCTION3,4
WGSS 3341RACE, SEX, AND SCIENCE4

For more information

Visit the Urban Studies program web page. 

URST 3070. URBAN DESIGN. (4 Credits)

A studio course in urban design for public spaces, neighborhoods, urban districts, campuses, parks, infill developments and expansions. A major design project is prefaced with research in urban design history, infrastructural technologies, case studies, and diagrammatic analysis. Portfolio layouts. Field trips, workshops, lab fee, and office hours visits are required. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

URST 3340. URBAN PSYCHOLOGY. (4 Credits)

In 1800, London became the first city in human history to top the 1-million mark. How does living in a large city impact us--our inner personality, outer behavior, values and relationships? This interdisciplinary urban studies course focuses on this question, including the methods and findings of behavioral reserach on: the growth of cities, crowding, prosocial and antisocial behavior, primary and secondary relationships, ethnicity, happiness, deviance, pace of life, urban personalitiy, the future of cities. This Fordham course in London meets three days weekly (Tues/Wed/Thurs), including related excursions and fieldwork on city life. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

URST 3800. INTERNSHIP. (3 Credits)

Supervised placement for students interested in work experience.

URST 3999. TUTORIAL- URBAN STUDIES. (3 Credits)

URST 4800. URBAN STUDIES INTERNSHIP. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

URST 4890. RESEARCH SEMINAR. (4 Credits)

Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

URST 4999. TUTORIAL. (1-4 Credits)

Independent research and reading with supervision from a faculty member.