:: program of study

As soon as possible after applying for admission to the Urban Studies undergraduate certificate program, students meet with the program director or Urban Studies faculty advisor to establish an approved course of study. Class of 2021 and beyond: Every student is strongly encouraged to take the program's two required introductory courses, URB 200 and ARC 205 as soon as possible although the courses can be taken at any time. URB 200 is offered in the fall and ARC 205 is offered fall and spring semesters each year.  ARC 205 and URB 200 are designed to be accessible to all majors. (Students from the Class of 2018, 2019 and 2020, who have taken URB200 or URB201, fulfilled the core course for the certificate.) URB 201 will be included on the Urban Studies “approved electives” list beginning S2018.

Students must pass each course with a grade of B or above, students must complete three electives: one from social sciences; one from humanities; and one from engineering or the natural sciences. A list of approved electives is posted on the website http://urbanstudies.princeton.edu/ . Courses not on the approved list may be used as electives with the approval of the Urban Studies Director. However, each selected course must contain substantial urban content to fulfill the requirements of the certificate program.

These courses must be in addition to course work taken to fulfill the requirements of the student's department of concentration, although they may be used to fulfill distribution requirements. Students can “double count” one of the three electives toward their major and the certificate which is monitored in TigerHub. To be counted toward the certificate, all courses must be taken for a grade. Course overlap with another certificate program is permitted.

While urban studies students' senior theses are written in their home departments, their work must contain an urban component, approved by the program director. A faculty member from the student's home department serves as the primary advisor and first reader. Students' urban studies advisors selected from the program's associated faculty list provide additional consultation and layer of expertise as they write their thesis and think about potentially urban-related careers. The thesis title and abstract must be sent to the program director for final approval. The program provides additional support for independent student research through offering methods workshops, and through a May thesis colloquium.

Students who fulfill the requirements of the program receive a certificate of proficiency in urban studies upon graduation.