Bachelor of Arts

About Urban Studies

Rutgers-Camden is fertile ground for studying cities. By the late 19th century, Camden had been transformed from farmland to a vital center of industrial production, followed by deindustrialization and disinvestment by the middle of the 20th century. In the Urban Studies program students study cities and how they function, grow, and prosper or decline. The program is policy-focused and interdisciplinary, so students are able to take courses in other departments that influence the urban environment such as Criminal Justice, Sociology, Political Science, and History. Subjects and course topics include how cities are planned/facilitated, the study of population trends, and urban policy issues such as housing, sustainability, and environmental justice.Through fieldwork and internship opportunities, students can apply what they are learning to acquire a range of skills prized in the wider labor market, including how to marshal leadership, how to conduct community-based participatory action research and policy analysis, and how to use computer mapping programs to diagnose problems and facilitate community engagement.

Related Programs and Degrees

An accelerated B.A./M.P.A. option allows exceptional undergraduate majors in Urban Studies to fast-track into the Master of Public Administration program and complete both degrees in as little as five years.

The program is designed for advanced Urban Studies majors who want to continue their education and earn a master’s degree in Public Administration. The graduate degree prepares students for professional careers in government and public service or for further study in law or doctoral programs. It also provides the training and credentials necessary for career advancement in the public sector. Since students in the Dual Degree Program begin the transition to graduate studies in their final undergraduate year, it is a great opportunity to take advantage of!

Clubs and Organizations 


Sample Courses

  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Urban Ecology and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Law and Justice in the Urban Environment
  • Poverty and the Urban Environment
  • Community Development
  • Power and Decision-Making in Urban Communities
  • Managing Nonprofit Organizations