Skip to main content.
UMassD overlooking quad towards LARTS

Urban Studies

Urban Studies takes an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and transnational approach to studying all those social, cultural, economic, and political issues that intersect in urban space.

Urban Studies is grounded in the politics of space and place-making. Examinations of how meaning is imposed on space—and by whom—are crucial to the study of global and transnational urban contexts.

The Urban Studies minor:

  • explores the histories of social, economic, and political transformations within urban spaces and within the steady flow of people around the world from rural to urban environments
  • examines interpersonal, collective, and structural forms of both peace and conflict that lead to the “urban condition"
  • examines the historical and social dynamics that produce “urban life” through power relationships of race, gender, class, sexuality, nation, religion, and more

Within the Urban Studies minor, we explore:

  • public art and public practice
  • particular manifestations of crime and justice in urban spaces
  • the economics of urban wealth and poverty
  • the effects of the urban space on individual and community health
  • social programs and policies born within and for the urban space
  • industrialization and de-industrialization
  • geographic thought and imagination
  • education
  • transnational justice and the global sustainability of urban environments

Urban Studies examines city space as a product of histories and processes initiated by all sorts of actors and bodies, from official state policies to localized collectives and communities. To this end, we encourage experiential learning at any of these levels, and welcome creative approaches to engagement. We support community-engaged learning locally as well as internationally, and we are happy to talk to with you about how to fit Urban Studies into your current field in the most productive and energizing way possible.

The interdisciplinary minor will complement your other studies. Your knowledge of diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds will be valuable across fields, expanding your career opportunities. Choose from classes covering a wide range of topics including the history of cities, urban politics and economics, and literary representations of cities. 

The Urban Studies minor works well in conversation with many other majors, because it opens up new landscapes marked by growth, industry, wealth and poverty, social innovation, strategic development, balance and imbalance, environmental justice, new visions of spatial justice, and much more. For those hoping to understand, work within, or transform the urban space, the Urban Studies Minor will open up new perspectives, problems, and possible futures.

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

Urban Studies faculty

Anupama Arora
Anupama Arora, PhD
Aneesa Baboolal
Aneesa Baboolal, PhD
Portrait of Anna Dempsey
Anna Dempsey, PhD
Bridget Teboh
Bridget Teboh
Crystal Lubinsky
Crystal Lubinsky, PhD
Cristina Mehrtens
Cristina Mehrtens
Devon Lynch
Devon Lynch
David Prentiss, JD
Elisabeth Arruda
Elisabeth Arruda
Erin Katherine Krafft
Erin Krafft, PhD
Eric Larson
Eric Larson, PhD
Gabo Camnitzer
Gabo Camnitzer
faculty image berggren
Heidi Berggren, PhD
Heather Turcotte
Heather Turcotte, PhD
Ilana Offenberger
Ilana Offenberger
Isabel Rodrigues, PhD
Jeff Beaudry
Jeffrey Beaudry
Jamie Eckert playing the drums
Jamie Eckert
percussion
Percussion Ensemble, El Caribe Steel Band
faculty image fobanjong
John Fobanjong, PhD
Kristen McHenry
Kristen McHenry, PhD
Kristen McHenry
Kristen McHenry, PhD
Lisa Maya Knauer
Lisa Maya Knauer, PhD
Merve Meral
Merve Meral, PhD
Maureen Eckert
Maureen Eckert, PhD
Margarita Huayhua, PhD
Mwalim Peters
Mwalim Peters
Mark Santow
Mark Santow
Matthew Sneider
Matthew Sneider
Paula Rioux
Paula Rioux
Robert Darst
Robert Darst, PhD
Randy Hall
Randy Hall
Rachel Kulick
Rachel Kulick, PhD
Sarah Cosgrove, PhD
Shari Evans
Shari Evans, PhD
Stephanie O'Hara, PhD
Stephanie O'Hara, PhD
Tamm Arford
Tammi Arford, PhD
Toniqua Mikell
Toniqua Mikell, PhD
Tryon Woods
Tryon Woods, PhD
Viviane Saleh-Hanna
Viviane Saleh-Hanna, PhD
Viviane Saleh-Hanna
Viviane Saleh-Hanna, PhD
Vanessa Lovelace
Vanessa Lovelace, PhD
Yale Magrass
Yale Magrass, PhD
Pamela Karimi
Pamela Karimi
Back to top of screen