Program in Urban Studies
- Mario I. Gandelsonas
- Sigrid M. Adriaenssens, Civil and Environmental Eng
- João Biehl, Anthropology
- M. Christine Boyer, Architecture
- Mario I. Gandelsonas, Architecture
- Maria E. Garlock, Civil and Environmental Eng
- Alison E. Isenberg, History
- Douglas S. Massey, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
- Elie R. Bou-Zeid, Civil and Environmental Eng
- Leah P. Boustan, Economics
- Marshall B. Brown, Architecture
- Vera S. Candiani, History
- Miguel A. Centeno, Sociology
- Janet Y. Chen, History
- Jill S. Dolan, Office of the Dean of College
- Patricia Fernández-Kelly, Sociology
- Simon E. Gikandi, English
- William A. Gleason, English
- Joshua B. Guild, History
- Peter R. Jaffé, Civil and Environmental Eng
- Michael Koortbojian, Art and Archaeology
- Kevin M. Kruse, History
- Eduardo Morales, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
- Jan-Werner Müller, Politics
- Guy J.P. Nordenson, Architecture
- Stephen J. Redding, Schl of Public & Int'l Affairs
- James Smith, Civil and Environmental Eng
- Janet A. Vertesi, Sociology
The Program in Urban Studies is an interdepartmental plan of study for undergraduates that offers an interdisciplinary framework for the study of cities, metropolitan regions, and urban and suburban landscapes. With courses in diverse departments including anthropology, architecture, art and archaeology, history, African American Studies, English, Latin American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures, civil and environmental engineering, energy studies, sociology, politics, theater, and the High Meadows Environmental Institute, along with the School of Architecture and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, the program encourages students to think about metropolitan centers in all their complexity as physical spaces; social, cultural, political, and economic nexuses; and historical artifacts.
In addition, students are advised about opportunities to acquire field experience in urban settings through the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES) and other programs. Those students with appropriate background and training are also encouraged to study and conceptualize cities via a comparative, international perspective, using the resources of Princeton's area studies and international programs.
Admission to the Program
The Program in Urban Studies is open to all undergraduate students, regardless of discipline. Students apply for admission by filling out the application on the Urban Studies website and arranging an interview with the director of the program. Students are accepted into the program on the basis of interest and a coherent academic plan. Students are asked to propose a tentative course of study in their application.
Program of Study
The requirements for the certificate include two core courses and three electives, as well as engagement with urban studies in the student’s senior thesis research.
Students must take either URB 200 or URB 201 along with ARC 205 (or ARC 204 for students planning to major in architecture) to satisfy the core course requirement. With approval of the program director, students may substitute URB 388 for URB 200 in a fall semester in which URB 200 is not offered. Students must pass both required courses with a grade of B or above.
In addition to the two core courses, students must complete three electives: one from social sciences; one from the humanities; and one from engineering or the natural sciences. A list of approved electives is posted on the website. Courses not on the approved list may be used as electives with the approval of the program director. However, each selected course must contain substantial urban content to fulfill the requirements of the certificate program.
As soon as possible after applying for admission to the Urban Studies undergraduate certificate program, students meet with the program director or Urban Studies faculty adviser to establish an approved course of study. Every student is strongly encouraged to take the two required courses as soon as possible, although the courses can be taken at any time. The core courses are designed to be accessible to all majors. URB 200 is typically offered in the fall, URB 201 is offered in the spring, and ARC 205 is offered in the fall and spring semesters each year.
These courses must be completed in addition to coursework taken to fulfill the requirements of the student's department of concentration, although they may be used to fulfill distribution requirements. Students can double-count one of the three electives toward their major and the certificate which is monitored in TigerHub. To be counted toward the certificate, all courses must be taken for a grade. Course overlap with another certificate program is permitted.
While urban studies students' senior theses are written in their home departments, their work must contain an urban component, approved by the program director. A faculty member from the student's home department serves as the primary adviser and first reader. Students' urban studies advisers selected from the program's associated faculty list provide additional consultation and layer of expertise as they write their thesis and think about potentially urban-related careers. The thesis title and abstract must be sent to the program director for final approval. The program provides additional support for independent student research through offering methods workshops, and through participating in a May thesis colloquium.
Certificate of Proficiency
Students who fulfill the requirements of the program receive a certificate of proficiency in urban studies upon graduation.