Earn a Bachelor Degree with a Minor in Urban Studies
The Urban Studies minor equips students to actively engage cities through research, non-profit work, entrepreneurship, community organizing and activism, city planning and economic development, and public administration. Students grapple with difficult problems such as poverty, inequality, racism, gentrification, criminalization, and immigration; they examine complex processes such as housing, food systems, and transportation; they explore problem-solving approaches such as public-private partnerships, mixed-use and mixed-income development, enterprise zones, small business growth, and social movements like Sanctuary Cities and the Right to the City; they study the evolution of cities from antiquity's city-states to today’s global metropolises; they are exposed to the art, culture, subcultures, and multicultures of urban settings; and they practice moral and civic reflection on the social responsibilities cities have to their diverse inhabitants, visitors, and communities.
What Makes Urban Studies at Albertus Different?
- Hands-on, experiential learning
- Interdisciplinary perspectives
- Emphasis on collaborative work
- Personally invested professors
- Small class sizes
- Innovative, well-rounded programs
- Resources and opportunities for research
- Lively extracurricular activities
- Campus-wide events
- Service and community engagement
- Active career counseling
- Opportunity-building networks
- Access to internships and professional experiences
The Albertus Urban Studies Degree Program
As an 18-credit minor, the Urban Studies program is designed to complement majors in the School of Business, Social Work, Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Art Management, providing practical learning experiences and internship opportunities that allow students to enhance their resumes and significantly expand their career options.
Students in the Urban Studies minor are introduced to and work with a number of local and regional community partners, providing practical experiences and valuable networking opportunities.
New Haven Farms
Food as medicine program, Urban gardens
Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op
Used bicycle provider for shelters & resettled refugees
New Haven Land Trust
Prisoner reentry and work placement
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven
Low-income housing placement
Fair Haven Community Health Clinic
New Haven Preservation Trust
Arts Council Greater New Haven
City of New Haven Community Services Administration
City of New Haven Economic Development Administration
Business development and urban planning
City of New Haven Development Commission
Development and planning consultation
Where Will Your Urban Studies Degree take You?
The Urban Studies curriculum develops an understanding of modern cities, as well as the social, historical, political, economic, and cultural forces shaping urban areas. Many transferable skills such as analytical, organizational, research, interpersonal, computer, leadership, teamwork, and oral/written communication are associated with the minor. A job in urban studies can be a rewarding way to build a career to help local communities grow and thrive. By obtaining a minor in Urban Studies from Albertus, students will be provided a path to a bright future.
Possible career paths with a minor in Urban Studies include:
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The Albertus Urban Studies Degree Program Mission Statement
The curriculum in the Department of Sociology provides strong academic training in the field, as well as an exposure to varied pre-professional training. The three-fold mission of the department is: (1) to provide course offerings in the Liberal Arts curriculum of the College, in order to introduce students to the sociological perspective, thereby adding that dimension to their critical thinking processes; (2) to provide an academically strong major which affords an approach to the study of social systems and social change; (3) to provide a major within the discipline of sociology which can reflect a student’s vocational interest, for example, criminal justice, social gerontology, or social work and social welfare.
Students majoring in sociology or criminal justice may plan to continue their work in graduate and professional schools. Others study sociology in preparation for careers in social work, teaching, law, business, criminal justice, or governmental service. Graduates in sociology may look toward careers in teaching, administration, or research.
Within the Department of Sociology, a student may choose the general sociology major, the criminal justice major, or a major in sociology with a concentration in criminal justice, social gerontology (Continuing Education only), urban studies, or social work and social welfare. Students finding an interest in sociology, but committed to majoring in other fields, may choose to minor in the department. The analytical skills and critical ability developed in this program are complementary to numerous other disciplines.
The possibility exists for the applied sociology-oriented student to design, in consultation with the department, an off-campus practicum/internship (CJ/SO 280, 380) for which college credit is given. Internships are required of students majoring in Criminal Justice, Social Gerontology, Urban Studies, and Social Work, and are optional for those choosing the General Sociology major. Many sociology courses may be used toward interdisciplinary majors as well as electives or General Education requirements.
The educational objectives which emerge from the mission and purpose of the department are:
- Students will develop a solid understanding of the discipline of Sociology and demonstrate the ability to use the sociological perspective in analyzing society. This includes learning to use the knowledge, methods and theories of the discipline in various courses.
- Students will follow a sequence of courses from SO111 Introduction to Sociology, through the various concentrations, including methods and statistics, and finally culminating in Senior Seminar, a capstone course which builds upon previous knowledge and skills.
- Students will participate in the Internship Program in the various concentrations and will be evaluated by supervisors on their performance.
- Students will be prepared to secure employment in their fields of concentration or related fields or will go on to graduate school.