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Urban & Community Studies

Bachelor of Arts 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.

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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

Susan Eisenhandler, Professor – Sociology

  • Social gerontology, sociology of religion, social interaction and ethics, social stratification & inequality, qualitative methods

Click here for a complete list of Urban & Community Studies

Faculty Publications/Faculty Bookshelf/Research

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I earn a B.A. Degree in UCS?

Students can complete a B.A. degree in Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut at the Greater Hartford, Waterbury or Storrs campuses. For greater variety, students may choose to travel and take courses at all campus locations.

Why choose to major in Urban and Community Studies?

Urban and Community Studies enables students to better understand the challenges and opportunities of urban life from the local to the global level, and to participate in strengthening the institutional and social fabric of communities. This is an interdisciplinary major for students who want meaningful career opportunities in public life, human services, urban and social change, and many other rewarding fields.

What can I do with a degree in Urban and Community Studies?

There are numerous career opportunities for graduates with a B.A. in Urban and Community Studies from the University of Connecticut. The course curriculum in the major will provide students with an excellent foundation for careers in any of the following fields: Social Work, Urban Planning, Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Human Services, Urban Policy, Government, Non-Profit Management, Community Service/Activism and many more!


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