Urban and Regional Studies

Urban and Regional Studies consider cities and the built environment from the perspective of the social, cultural, political, technological, and economic processes that shape them. Our aim is to embark on a thorough study of the challenges and opportunities associated with the phenomenon of urbanization in the United States and abroad. Questions of infrastructure, social configuration, growth, sustainability, gentrification, environmental justice, housing, urban policy and planning are central to our examination of the urban and rural environment. Courses in Urban and Regional Studies are offered by Anthropology, Art History, Economics, Historical Studies, Sociology, and Political Studies.
Urban and Regional Studies Focus Area

Urban and Regional Studies Focus Area

In Urban and Regional Studies, students learn how to articulate various conceptions of the city, urban space, and the built environment. Through the study of texts and case studies, students develop an understanding of the variable actors and forces involved in urban processes. Our goal is to situate individual cities and case studies within the context of global processes, while remaining attentive to shifts at the local, regional, and national scales. Eventually, students will be able to describe the form of cities and the built environment as evidence of the cultural, technological, and political processes and conflicts that shape them. Students will also develop an understanding of the history of cities and of the different disciplinary approaches to the field.

Popular and Scholarly Examples of Authors/Thinkers in/adjacent to the Field: William Cronon, David Harvey, Doreen Massey, Henri Lefebvre, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ferdinand Tönnies, Lewis Mumford, Georg Simmel, Le Corbusier, Jane Jacobs, John Logan, Harvey Molotch, William Julius Wilson, Elijah Anderson, Jane Addams, Saskia Sassen

100- and 200-level courses

100-level courses 
  • EUS 101: Introduction to Environmental and Urban Studies (required)
  • EUS 102: Introduction to Environmental and Urban Science (required)
  • ANTH 101: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ARTH 125: Modern Architecture, 1750-1930
  • ARTH 126: Modern Architecture, 1930-1990
  • ARTH 132: Cultural Practice of Mapping
  • ECON 100: Principles of Economics
  • HIST 139: City Cultures
  • SOC 138: Introduction to Urban Sociology
200-level courses
  • EUS 228: Environmental Politics
  • ANTH 212: Historical Archaeology
  • ANTH 219: Divided Cities
  • ARTH 201: Greek Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 210: Roman Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 236: 16C Italian Art, Architecture & Urbanism
  • ARTH 238: Mapping the 19th Century City
  • ECON 206: Economics from the Ground Up
  • ECON 221: Economic Development
  • ECON 226: Urban and Regional Economics
  • ECON 237: Economics of the Public Sector
  • HIST 2014: History of New York City
  • HIST 232: American Urban History
  • HIST 2302: Shanghai & Hong Kong: China’s Global Cities
  • LIT 2311: St. Petersburg: City, Monument, Text
  • PS 288: Water, Power, & Politics
  • SOC 231: Environment and Society
  • SOC 269: Global Inequality & Development
  • BGIA courses

Upper Level and Empirical Analysis courses

300-level courses 
  • EUS 308 (Practicum): Culture through Nature: Landscape, Environment and Design into the 21st Century
  • EUS 316: Waste
  • EUS 319 (Practicum): Hudson Valley Cities and Environmental (In)Justice
  • EUS 3XX (Practicum): Preservation, people, and place- Rethinking the Bard Campus
  • ANTH 319: Toxicity & Contamination
  • ANTH 323: The Politics of Infrastructure
  • ARTH 307: Contested Spaces
  • ARTH 312: Roma in Situ
  • ECON 321: Seminar in Economic Development
  • HIST 319: The Suburban Ideal
  • HIST 328: Jewish New York, 1881- 1924
  • HIST 3XX: Research in U.S. Urban History
  • BGIA courses
Empirical Analysis courses
  • EUS 203: Geographic Information Systems
  • EUS 226: Environmental Modeling
  • ANTH 211: Archaeological Methods
  • ANTH 324: Doing Ethnography
  • ECON 229: Introduction to Econometrics
  • SOC 205: Intro to Research Methods
  • SOC 333: Qualitative Research Practicum


Potential Careers in Urban and Regional Studies

Urban planner, urban designer, geographer, policy maker, cartographer, politician, city administrator, parks administrator, landscape architect, non-profit executive, economist, environmental lawyer, community organizer/activist, educator, politician, environmental engineer

  • OneNYC (formerly PlaNYC)
  • NYC Office of Sustainability
  • CityLab