Minor in Urban Studies

One of BU’s newest programs, the Minor in Urban Studies, seeks young urban enthusiasts eager to broaden their horizons through exposure to multidisciplinary urban courses. From the myriad of cultures, people, and economic opportunity that exist in cities to the nuts and bolts of what makes cities sustainable and attractive places to be, this minor is a holistic look at what students need to pursue careers in 21st century urban centers.

The Minor in Urban Studies is designed for students who are interested in applying their passions of urban topics to a curriculum that can help prepare them for careers involved in the opportunities and problems that cities present, not only in the United States but around the world. Students have the opportunity to take a wide array of courses that provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding urban issues; varying urban perspectives are offered through social, political, economic, and environmental lenses, which include classes taught through MET and SED in addition to CAS.

Minor Requirements

A total of six (4-credit) courses are required, all completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • At least ONE must pertain to Physical Infrastructure or Urban Environment topics (below)
  • At least ONE must pertain to Social, Economic and Political topics.
  • The six total courses must come from at least THREE different departments.

All rules pertaining to CAS majors will apply, including a limit of no more than four MET courses to be counted per student toward a degree from CAS.

In addition to meeting the course requirements, students are strongly encouraged to attend one lunch discussion each semester hosted by the Initiative on Cities. These sessions will be specially scheduled and open only to those in the minor, with the goal of creating a cohort and fostering relationships among interested students and between students and the Initiative. Students will also be invited to all Initiative events, conferences and seminars.

Please direct questions and advising appointments to Associate Professor Katherine Levine Einstein, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science, at kleinst@bu.edu.

Architecture/Urban Planning/Design/Development

  • CAS AH 328 – Modern Japanese Architecture
  • CAS AH 364 – Art and Architecture in Madrid: 1561 – Today (Madrid Study Abroad)
  • CAS AH 381 – London Architecture and Urbanism (London Study Abroad)
  • CAS AH 383 – Paris Architecture and Urbanism (Paris Study Abroad)
  • CAS AH 387 – Boston Architecture and Urbanism
  • CAS AH 531 – Tokyo: City and Concept
  • CAS AH 544 – Boston Architecture Workshop
  • CAS AH 584 – Greater Boston: Architecture and Planning
  • CAS AH 587 – Green Design
  • CAS AM 371 – Archaeology of Cities
  • CAS AR 438 – Seminar: Pompeii
  • CAS BI 306 – Biology of Global Change
  • CAS BI 523 – Marine Urban Ecology
  • CAS CS 591 – Data Mechanics for Pervasive System and Urban Applications
  • CAS EE 348 – Monitoring and Management of Coastal Wetlands, Lagoons and Estuaries (Venice Study Abroad)
  • CAS EE 349 -Global Climate Change: Science, Economics and Policy (Venice Study Abroad)
  • CAS GE 400 Environment and Development: A Political Ecology Approach
  • CAS GE 475 – Urban Ecology
  • MET UA 503 – Housing and Community Development
  • MET UA 508 – Real Estate Development
  • MET UA 509 – Public Finance and Urban Infrastructure
  • MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Feeding the City: Urban Food
  • MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Public Health and the Built Environment
  • MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Sustainable Energy Planning
  • MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Transit Oriented Development in the 21st Century
  • MET UA 521 – Environmental Law and Policy
  • MET UA 523 – Skills and Techniques in Planning
  • MET UA 580 – Boston Experience: The Role of Architecture in Creating a Sense of Place
  • MET UA 590 – International Comparative Development and Urbanization
  • MET UA 610 – Environmental Urban Issues
  • MET UA 613 – Urban Design and Development
  • MET UA 617 – Actionable Sustainability
  • MET UA 619 – International Comparative Development and Urbanization
  • MET UA 629 – Urbanization and Environment
  • MET UA 654 – Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis
  • MET UA 664 – Planning and the Development Process
  • MET UA 715 – Planning and Land Use Law

Social, Economic, and Political Courses

  • CAS AA 207 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • CAS AA 310 – History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • CAS AH 384 – Metropolis: Art and Politics in Istanbul, London, Paris, and New York
  • CAS AM 202 – What’s Boston?
  • CAS AN 210 – Medical Anthropology
  • CAS AN 308 – Food, Culture & Society
  • CAS AN 309 – Boston: An Ethnographic Approach
  • CAS AR 353 – Urbanism in Ancient Mesoamerica
  • CAS EC 325 – The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination in the United States
  • CAS EC 363 – Race and the Development of the American Economy
  • CAS EC 364 – Economic Policy: A British Perspective (London Study Abroad)
  • CAS FY103 – Identity, Inclusion and Social Action
  • CAS HI 190 – History of Boston
  • CAS HI 226 – Cities and Cultures
  • CAS HI 246 – London: Imperial City to World City
  • CAS HI 251 – Culture Capital: The History of Popular Culture in London (London Study Abroad)
  • CAS HI 253 – London at War (London Study Abroad)
  • CAS HI 260 – The Venetian Republic
  • CAS HI 261 – The Venetian Republic: 697 – 1797
  • CAS HI 268 – Postcolonial Paris
  • CAS HI 365 – Shanghai: The Key to Modern China (Shanghai Study Abroad)
  • CAS HI 390 – Mecca to Dubai: Cities in the Middle East
  • CAS HI 440 – Refugee Hollywood
  • CAS HI 568 – The Modern Metropolis: Approaches to Urban History
  • CAS LS 576 – Topics in Spanish American Literature: Buenos Aires Through its Tales (Buenos Aires Study Abroad)
  • CAS PO 141 – Introduction to Public Policy
  • CAS PO 313 – The Politics and Policy of HBO’s The Wire
  • CAS PO 516 – Urban Programs and Policy
  • CAS SO 211 – Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms
  • CAS SO 232 – Sociology and Inequality
  • CAS SO 242 – Globalization and World Poverty
  • CAS SO 244 – Urban Sociology
  • CAS SO 306 – Boston’s People and Neighborhoods
  • CAS SO 335 – Sociology of Race, Class and Gender
  • CAS SO 347 – Los Angeles: Case Study of a Global City (Los Angeles Study Abroad)
  • CAS SO 490 – Global Health: Politics, Institutions and Ideology
  • MET CJ 101 – Principles of Criminal Justice
  • MET CJ 352 – Courts, Society and Criminal Procedure
  • MET CJ 511 – Rehabilitation and Re-Integration
  • MET MG 545 – Introduction to American Management and Culture
  • MET SO 501 – Special Topics: Inequality: Policy Implications for Communities
  • MET UA 510 – Courts, Society and Criminal Procedure
  • MET UA 510 – Special Topics: History of Metropolitan Boston
  • MET UA 515 – History, Theory and Planning Practice
  • MET UA 701 – Urban Problems & Policy Responses
  • MET UA 704 – Urban Economics
  • SED ED 410 – Social Context of Education *2 credits
  • SED ED 412 – Civic Context of Education *2 credits