Program Director: Dr. Lorraine C. Minnite, Associate Professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration (DPPA)
Urban Studies Faculty:
Brandi Blessett, Assistant Professor, DPPA
Stephen Danley, Assistant Professor, DPPA
Maureen Donaghy, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Paul Jargowsky, Professor, DPPA
Lorraine C. Minnite, Associate Professor, DPPA
Beth Rabinowitz, Assistant Professor, Political Science
Adjunct Faculty and Part-Time Lecturers:
Suzanne Dayanim, Ph.D., Temple
Joyce Howell, J.D., Rutgers School of Law–Camden
Gwendolyn Harris, Ph.D., Rutgers
Angel Osorio, J.D., University of La Verne
Natasha O. Tursi, Ph.D., Rutgers
The program in urban studies offers a diverse curriculum that focuses on urban history, politics, planning, economics, and demography and addresses a wide range of contemporary issues affecting cities around the world. As urban populations grow, so do the challenges. Whether it is the global economic crisis or natural disaster, urban studies majors learn about complex issues that prepare them to be problem solvers.
Students study cities and how they function, grow, and prosper or decline. The program is interdisciplinary, so students take courses in other departments as well, such as criminal justice, sociology, political science, and history. Classes in urban studies cover topics about how cities are planned, population trends, and urban policy issues like housing, sustainability, and environmental justice. Students develop a range of skills including how to conduct community-based participatory action research, policy analysis, and the use of mapping to facilitate community engagement. Some courses provide field experience and community engagement appropriate for preprofessionals.