Post-Graduate Data

Urban Studies

The Urban Studies program teaches students to analyze the city, urban life, and urbanization through a variety of disciplinary lenses. Students learn where cities come from, how they grow, thrive, and decline, how they are organized, and how to construct meaningful, inclusive, secure, and sustainable places. The curriculum examines how urban problems arise, how they have been previously addressed, and how to plan cities of the future.  Concentrators enjoy the breadth of courses in American Studies, economics, history, literature, history of art and architecture, political science, sociology, and planning as well as provide in-depth courses integrating those perspectives. We introduce the fundamentals of Urban Studies scholarship as well as intense examination of an urban problem in focused seminars. These advanced seminars offer opportunities to write extensive and synthetic interdisciplinary analyses that serve as capstones to the concentration.  The program’s 10-course curriculum provides sufficient flexibility to allow students to pursue specific urban interests or to take courses in urban focus areas of Built Environment; Humanities; Social Sciences; and Sustainable Urbanism. The Program insures that students master at least one basic research methodology and perform research or fieldwork projects, which may result in an honors thesis. Fieldwork training includes working with local agencies and nonprofit organizations on practical urban problems.  Capstone projects entail original research papers in Urban Studies seminars; academically supervised video, artistic, or community service projects; and Honors Theses for eligible concentrators.

Concentrators who are especially interested in making deeper connections between their curriculum and long-term engaged activities such as internships, public service, humanitarian and development work, and many other possible forms of community involvement might consider the Engaged Scholar Program in US. The program combines preparation, experience, and reflection to offer students opportunities to enhance the integration of academic learning and social engagement.

Here's what concentrators from the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014, reported they were doing in their first year after graduation.



  • Co-Founder, Product Manager, UI/UX Designer, Frontend Developer, Hearo-FM
  • Co-founder and Program Director, Motor City Exchange
  • Data Analyst Intern, ProvPlan
  • SNAP/EBT Coordinator, Massachusetts Farmers Markets
  • Urban Design Studio Intern, Perkins+Will
  • Wheel Associate, CBRE

Graduate School

  • UCL Bartlett School of Planning in London, MS, Transportation Planning



  • Account Analyst, WorkingPlanet
  • Associate, Close Concerns
  • Associate, The Pawtucket Foundation
  • Co-Founder, Flannel Farms LLC
  • Consultant, Exeter Group
  • Corps Member/Teacher, Teach for America
  • Data Analyst, Teespring
  • Intern, Concordia
  • Project Associate, I-195 Redevelopment District
  • Research Assistant, MDRC
  • Strategic Media Coordinator, Nexus: Global Youth Summit

Graduate School

  • Brown University, MA, Architectural History
  • Brown University, MAT, Elementary Education
  • Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, MA, Political Science



  • Analyst, Strategic Research, The Advisory Board Company
  • Co-founder,
  • Corps Member, City Year
  • Intern, Another Planet Entertainment
  • Intern, The Fessenden School

Graduate School

  • Cleveland State University, MPA, Public Administration
  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MLA, Landscape Architecture
  • Rutgers University- Bloustein, MCRP, Urban Planning
  • University of California-Berkley Law School, JD