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The Urban Studies major provides a strong background in the study of urban issues, institutions, and policies. The core curriculum (click for PDF) is designed with specific objectives that form the foundation for advanced study of the urban landscape. Urban Studies is open to those interested in the science of cities, both majors and non-majors alike. Completion of the major gives students a fuller understanding of contemporary cities from a variety of perspectives: social, physical, political, and economic. Through a carefully constructed curriculum that develops both qualitative and quantitative research methods and provides meaningful field work experiences though internships and studio classes, New York City becomes a vast urban laboratory and powerful learning tool.

The urban studies program is further enriched by its location in Hunter Urban Policy & Planning, which also includes graduate curricula in urban planning, policy and leadership. The sharing of faculty and facilities, the interchange among advanced and beginning students, and the cooperation of other social science departments at Hunter creates a synergy for comprehensive examination of “urban” concerns in major cities.  After graduating, urban studies alumni have pursued public or private sector careers in urban planning, social work, municipal budgeting, public administration, real estate, community economic development, law, business, and journalism.

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