About Urban StudiesRutgers-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.