Courses and Requirements

In the Urban Studies Program, the complexity of the city and the process of urbanization are examined from a multidisciplinary perspective. Students who choose to major in urban studies choose among courses in Art and Architecture, Economics, Education, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology.

“Introduction to Urban Studies” (URBS 100) exposes students to both classical arguments and recent debates in urban theory, using different disciplinary approaches to study the economic, political, social, and cultural phenomena that arise in urban contexts.

Students in urban studies are encouraged to gain practical as well as theoretical expertise through field work and independent projects. Urban studies majors have found careers in government, public administration, architecture, urban planning, teaching, human services, and many other related fields in which a multidisciplinary perspective is valued.

Academic Requirements

Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.


Correlate Sequence in Urban Studies

Header image: Students in a “Greening the City” seminar listen to guide Francis Morrone, author of The Urban Landscapes of New York City, explain the history and landscape design of Central Park.