• Overview

    The Urban Studies minor provides a foundational, interdisciplinary understanding of urbanism and the social, spatial, material, ecological, political, and institutional conditions that shape cities and metropolitan regions. With experiential learning as a key component, the minor provides a strong foundation for student engagement with the city, whether as citizens, scholars, artists, designers, architects, bloggers, activists, journalists, educators, curators, or other actors with a stake in the urban. Learn more about the urban studies program.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the successful completion of this minor, a student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate a theoretical understanding of cities as generators of economic, social, and cultural vitality as well as landscapes transformed by human planning and design;
    2. Distinguish among varied urban concepts, practices, and research methods that emerge from different disciplines, interests, ideologies, and traditions;
    3. Employ spatial thinking and conceptualize the metropolis at a variety of scales—from street level exchanges to regional systems to global networks and flows;
    4. Apply critical analysis to primary sources such as maps, planning documents, agency reports, interviews, observations, literary texts, photographs, films, data sets, architectural plans, or buildings;
    5. Recognize cities as sites of contestation and engagement over governance, rights, citizenship, and social justice;
    6. Convey ideas in oral and written communication.


    Students interested in a minor can simulate a worksheet that accounts for courses already completed and in progress using the "What If" feature in Degree Works.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.

    Subject Area Sample Courses Requirements
    Fundamentals Course

    UURB 2100: Urban Worlds

    ULEC 2620: The Dynamic Metropolis

    ULEC 2620: Landscapes of the City

    3 credits

    NYC Experiential Learning Elective

    UURB 3010: Sensing the City

    UURB 3301: City in Motion

    UURB 3450: Immigrant New York

    UURB 3501: NYC: Past, Present, Future

    UURB 3601: Urban Journalism

    UURB 4676: Urban Intelligence

    3-4 credits

    UURB 2350: Race & Gender — Global City

    UURB 2410: Urban Ecology

    UURB 2800: Interpreting Space and Cities

    UURB 3001: Planning Sustainable Cities

    UURB 3100: Education, Race, and Place

    UURB 3620: Photojournalism & Urban Calamities

    UURB 3423: Anthropology of Home

    UURB 3664: Latin American Cities

    UURB 4078: Urban Poverty and Inequality

    UURB 4223: Maps as Media

    UURB 4510: The Design of Cities

    UURB 4521: Political Economy of the City

    UURB 4524: African Cities

    UENV 3200: Spatial Thinking with GIS

    UENV 3400: Urban Resilience

    UENV 4520: Urban Food Systems

    ULEC 2280: Liquid Cities

    LLST 3061: Baudelaire: City Blues

    LMUS 3115: Urban Soundscapes

    LSOC 2850: Urban Sociology

    LSCI 2300: Intro to Urban Env. Health

    LVIS 3022: Art, Space, and the Global City

    NARH 3872: History of Urban Planning

    NARH 3874: Housing the Modern Dweller

    NCST 3300: Queer New York

    PLSD 2100: History of Architecture

    PLSD 3002: Architecture, the City, and Cinema

    PSAM 3705: X-Studio: Walking as a Practice

    PSCE 3020: Design Build: Urban Public Space

    PSCE 4021: Designing Sustainable Foodscapes

    PSDS 2510: Visualizing Urban Change

    PSDS 3510: Designing Urban Agriculture

    9-12 credits

    At least 2 courses must be at the 3000-level or higher.

    Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken for the minor.

    For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact chair Rachel Heiman at