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 
  • ANTH 101: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 111: Field Methods in Environmental Archaeology
  • ECON 100: Principles of Economics
  • ECON 115: Economics Dimensions of World Issues
  • ECON 140: Evolution of Economics Systems
  • HIST 112: Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg
  • HIST 139: City Cultures
  • HIST 169: The City in the Modern Age
  • SOC 132:  “Does it Take a Village?” Community …
  • SOC 138: Introduction to Urban Sociology
  • ARTH 1XX: Byzantine Art and Architecture
  • ARTH 125: Themes of Western Architecture
  • ARTH 126: Architecture since 1945
200-level courses 
  • ANTH 220: Doing Ethnography
  • ECON 202: Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 206: Economics from the Ground Up
  • ECON 221: Economic Development
  • ECON 226: Urban and Regional Economics
  • ECON 229: Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON 230: Research Methods in Economics
  • ECON 237: Economics of the Public Sector
  • ECON 242: Ecological Economics
  • ECON 263: Population Economics and Demography
  • ECON 265: Community Based Development
  • EUS 203: Geographic Information Systems
  • HIST 2014: History of New York City
  • HIST 2125: Cultural Capital, Paris 1715-1873
  • HIST 2126: African Americans in US Cities
  • HIST 2142: Harlem, Bronzeville, South Central
  • HIST 2302: Shanghai & Hong Kong
  • PS 288: Water, Power, & Politics
  • SOC 205: Intro to Research Methods
  • SOC 333: Tricks of the Trade: Qualitative Research Methods Practicum
  • SOC 264: Theories of the City
  • SOC 265: Urban Sociology & Geography
  • SOC 268: New Look at Gentrification
  • LIT 214: Cairo Through Its Novels
  • LIT 2311: St. Petersburg: City, Monument, Text
  • LIT 2483: Urbanization in the 19th Century Novel
  • ARTH 205: Contested Spaces
  • ARTH 223: Wild Visions: Picturing Nature
  • ARTH 225: Land to Landscape
  • ARTH 226: Architecture since 1945
  • ARTH 238: Mapping the 19th Century City
  • ARTH 248: Roma in Situ
  • ARTH 259: Sustainable Urbanism
  • ARTH 286: Spanish Art and Architecture
  • WRIT 231: Reading & Writing the Birds
  • BGIA courses

300-level and Empirical Analysis Courses

300-level courses 
  • ANTH 325: Environment, Development, and Power
  • ECON 3XX: Economic Growth and Income Distribution
  • ECON 321: Microeconomics of Development
  • ECON 330: Seminar in Geoclassical Economics
  • ECON 342: Economics of Food and Fuel
  • ECON 353: Public Choice
  • HIST 3132: History of Urban Schooling in the US
  • HIST 3141: Central European Cities: Berlin, Prague…
  • SOC 322: A Sociological Classic: Middletown + America
  • ARTH 332: Villas Culture: Origins and Adaptations
  • ARTH 342: Rome, Paris, and London
  • ARTH 378: Contemporary Issues in Architecture and Urban Theory
  • Bard CEP J-Term Courses
  • BGIA courses
Empirical Analysis courses 
  • ANTH 220: Doing Ethnography
  • EUS 203: Geographic Information Systems
  • ECON 229: Introduction to Econometrics
  • ECON 230: Research Methods in Economics
  • SOC 205: Intro to Research Methods

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