:: 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. Every student is strongly encouraged to take the program's required introductory courses URB201 and ARC205 as soon as possible although the courses can be taken at any time. URB201 is offered in the spring and ARC205 is offered fall and spring semesters each year.  ARC 205 and URB201 are designed to be accessible to all majors. In S2018 only, students from Class of 2021 may use ENG391B in place of ARC205. Prior to F2019, URB200 will count as one of the required introductory courses or elective. Classes of 2019 and 2020:  Core course requirements are URB200 and/or URB201. *F2019 Since URB200 is no longer offered, you may use URB201 or URB388 and ARC205 as required introductory courses.

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.