The interdisciplinary Growth and Structure of Cities major challenges the student to understand the dynamic relationship of urban spatial organization and the built environment to politics, economics, cultures, and societies.
Core introductory classes present analytic approaches that explore the changing forms of the city over time and analyze the variety of ways through which men and women have recreated urban life through time and across cultures.
With these foundations, students pursue their interests through classes in planning, architecture, urban social and economic relations, urban history and the environmental conditions of urban life. Advanced seminars bring together these discussions by focusing on specific cities and topics.
Students can complete a major or minor in Growth and Structure of Cities, and can complement the major with a minor in Environmental Studies or in Latin American, Iberian, and Latina/o Studies. Students may also enter the 3+2 Program in City and Regional Planning, which is offered in cooperation with the University of Pennsylvania.
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