Urban Studies

Discover how the city has become the focal point for cultural expression, social change, and political tension. Often symbolizing freedom and upward mobility, the city promises a better life while also creating challenges and fears.

Program Highlights

  • Use Copenhagen as your classroom on field studies that explore its dramatic urban change over the past few decades, from the development of a welfare state to a cutting-edge, sustainable, and livable city
  • Travel with your faculty and classmates on course-integrated study tours to compare how European cities are currently developing their infrastructure from both the Eastern and Western European sociopolitical contexts
  • Engage in a dynamic dialogue with a variety of guest lecturers including local historians, sociologists, and urban planners

Student Profile

This program is right for you if you study urban design, urban studies, politics, or sociology and wish to examine contemporary cities through a multidisciplinary academic lens.

I have found myself very interested in the reasons people choose to live where they live. This course has made me think even more about the underlying and more abstract components to planning out a space and the things that do matter in people’s individual, everyday lives.”

– Bailey Smith-Dewey, Smith College

Core Courses