Program of Study

Year 1:
Take one introductory level course, either URBN 0210 The City, URBN 0230 Urban Life in Providence: An Introduction (Freshman Seminar), or POLS 0220  City Politics.

Year 2:
Take two or more disciplinary core courses.

In the fall, select and meet with a Concentration Advisor from the Urban Studies faculty.  Discuss your goals.  Plan how you will complete the course requirements over the next two years.

In the spring, declare the concentration through ASK. 

Plan for study abroad, which usually occurs during the fall of junior year.  If you do intend to study abroad, plan in advance for your capstone or thesis.  Consider your advisor's likely availability during your senior year.

a)      Only two courses taken beyond Brown can count toward your concentration.
b)      If you have a second concentration, only two courses can count for both concentrations.

Consider summer internships in an urban field or community-based organization. 

Year 3:
Review plans to complete requirements and develop a capstone project, especially if you are going to study abroad.

Finish core disciplinary courses and begin taking Urban Studies seminars.
By the middle of spring semester, identify your capstone or thesis topic, determine eligibility for honors and select an honors thesis advisor (if different from concentration advisor), and consider applying for grants, such as Goldberg funding, to support your capstone/thesis work.

Consider beginning the thesis or capstone research over the summer before senior year.

Year 4:
Enroll in capstone seminar or independent study course for those not writing honors theses.

In fall semester, honors thesis students should enroll in an independent reading and research course with their adviser (Urban Studies 1970 in their advisor’s section) and in the spring, take Urban Studies 1981, the Honors Thesis Workshop. Honors students should strive to meet the following targets:

  1. Mid fall: secure second reader for thesis, and finish research and data analysis.
  2. End of first semester: First chapter due.
  3. Beginning of second semester: Second chapter due.
  4. Mid March (before spring break): Senior Thesis first draft due.
  5. Mid April: Final draft due to primary advisor and second reader.
  6. Late April/early May: Presentations and Newsletter synopsis.
  7. Late May: Commencement.