Skip Navigation

Urban Studies

A photo of graffiti in a city
Cities are physical environments—they are social settings, economic phenomena and political arenas. An understanding of these complex social structures can come only from an analysis that transcends the narrow perspective of any single discipline. The minor in urban studies offers students a chance to study the processes and problems of urbanization from a variety of perspectives. It is designed with enough flexibility to allow a student to choose among many possible combinations, but requires one to experience at least three different disciplinary approaches.

Requirements & Courses

Director

Randy Bartlett, Professor of Economics

Advisers
  • Randy Bartlett, Economics
  • Rick Fantasia, Sociology
  • Sam Intrator, Education and Child Study

The minor consists of six courses from at least three different departments or programs. Courses offered at other Five College campuses may be included in the minor, with the approval of one of the advisors. Each student will craft an individual minor with their advisor, which may include course from the "Courses" tab or the catalog, but may also include other courses not listed.

The minor consists of six courses from the following list but must contain choices from at least three different departments or programs. Courses offered at other Five College campuses may be included in the minor, with the approval of one of the advisers.

Africana Studies

  • AFR 245 The Harlem Renaissance
  • AFR 278 The ’60s: A History of Afro-Americans in the United States from 1954 to 1970

Anthropology

  • ANT 257 Urban Anthropology

Art

  • ARH 212 Ancient Cities and Sanctuaries
  • ARH 250 Building Baroque Europe
  • ARH 266 Architecture in the United States of America
  • ARH 283 Architecture Since 1945 
  • ARH 285 Great Cities
  • ARS 388 Advanced Architecture: Complex Places, Multiple Spaces

Economics

  • ECO 230 Urban Economics

Education

  • EDC 200 Education in the City

Government

  • GOV 204 Urban Politics

    History

    • HST 267 United States Since 1877

    Landscape Studies

    • LSS 230 Urban Landscapes

    Sociology

    • SOC 213 Race and National Identity in the United States
    • SOC 214 Sociology of Hispanic Carribean Communities in the United States
    • SOC 218 Urban Sociology

     

    Contact

    Urban Studies

    Wright Hall 225
    Smith College
    Northampton, MA 01063

    Phone: 413-585-3503

    Administrative Assistant:
    Sherry Wingfield

    Individual appointments may be arranged directly with the faculty.