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Urban & Community Studies

The Urban and Community Studies (UCS) major at the University of Connecticut is a Bachelor of Arts degree program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The UCS major integrates the study of cities, suburbs, neighborhoods, and communities through core courses drawn from the fields of Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology and Urban Studies. It offers a solid foundation in analytical techniques, including quantitative and qualitative methods, survey research, geographic information systems and archival research.

UCS is an interdisciplinary major for students who seek meaningful career opportunities in public service, human services, urban and social change, as well as many other rewarding fields. Our flexible curriculum offers students the ability to take courses within the major based on their own personal career or graduate school aspirations. The program offers emphasis areas in Criminal Justice and Law, Nonprofit and Public Management, Public Health, Public Policy and Social Service and Community Organizing as well as a Fast Track to the Master of Public Administration or coursework information for those interested in pursuing a Pre-Med concentration. Students are welcome also to personalize their degree plan based on their academic interests. For more information on the program please visit the Urban and Community Studies website

Degree Requirements

Please visit the Urban and Community Studies website for degree requirements.

Waterbury Campus Urban and Community Studies Faculty

Ruth Glasser
Assistant Professor in Residence – History & UCS Waterbury Coordinator
U.S. Ethnic and Latino history, oral history, urban history, public history, service learning

Phil Birge-Liberman
Assistant Professor in Residence – UCS
Urban historical geography, political economy of urban parks, urban ecology and sustainable urbanism, historic preservation and urban redevelopment, gentrification and social justice.

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Career Options

Past graduates of the program have gone on to hold jobs in non-profit organizations, human service agencies, business corporations, insurance firms, urban planning, local government, Chambers of Commerce and various federal, state and local agencies. This degree will also provide students with first-rate preparation for graduate study in fields such as: Social Work, Public Administration, Survey Research, Urban Policy, Public Health, Urban and Regional Planning, Education, and Law


Prof. Ruth Glasser
Program Coordinator and Faculty Member
(203) 236-9921