Urban Studies is about problem solving in the real world. This program offers students coursework to prepare them to find solutions to many of the issues encountered in urban centers, as well as civic learning opportunities to apply what they've learned in the classroom to their communities. Classes highlight the historical, economic, and cultural components that create our cities. Woven throughout the Urban Studies option is the theme of sustainability as a means to enhance the modern urban landscape. Students who complete this program have exciting transfer opportunities in Urban Studies and Regional Planning, as well as the broader field of Sociology.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies
The Urban Studies Option of the Liberal Arts/General Studies Program is offered for students who seek both an understanding of the ways in which historical, cultural, and socio-economic forces have influenced the landscape of the modern city, as well as the skills to help create change in urban environments. Students finishing this program will demonstrate sensitivity toward the diversity of culture found in urban environments. Students will hone problem solving skills to address modern urban policy issues that focus around socio-economic hardships and public health disparities, and will apply those skills to challenges faced in the local urban environment. A variety of courses, from areas such as Architecture and Building Technology, Public Health, Sociology, History, Economics, and Literature, comprise the interdisciplinary curriculum.
The culminating project for a student in the Urban Studies and Sustainable Environment Program will be the Analysis of Urban Systems Capstone course. In this course, students will engage in a civic learning project, applying problem solving skills they have learned to an actual challenge faced by the city of Springfield, MA. The students will develop a proposed solution to the challenge, and present it to the local community.
Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies will be awarded.