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The BA in Urban and Community Studies degree program is designed for students with interests in urban, social, economic, and political issues, especially as they relate to diverse working class communities. The program allows students to explore the dynamics of urban and community life, public policy and administration, the structure of urban government and agencies, the delivery of social services, and community and labor organizing.
The field of Urban and Community Studies draws on sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology to analyze our global economy and culture. Students in the program have opportunities for experiential and applied learning, including fieldwork and workplace-based projects in New York City. They study with nationally known faculty from CUNY as well as with expert practitioners in the fields of public and health care administration, municipal politics, workforce development, labor, and community organizing.
Career & Academic Advancement
The Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Community Studies opens doors to careers in government agencies, community service and philanthropy, urban planning, law, urban design, education, and business, as well as in non-profit institutions serving urban populations. Students develop their special interests within the field by selecting one of three areas of concentration: Urban Studies, Community Studies, or Labor Studies. Students are also prepared for advanced study in the field, including the MA in Urban Studies.
The Joseph S. Murphy Scholarship for Diversity in Labor Program is dedicated to the purpose of fostering diverse leadership in the labor movement and in the academic discipline of labor studies. Current students of and program applicants to the BA in Urban and Community Studies degree (with a concentration in Labor Studies) are eligible to apply to the Diversity Scholarship and receive a two-year scholarship of up to $20,000, pro-rated on the basis of enrollment status.
Applicants must possess at least 24 transferrable credits from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 on a 4 point scale. Applicants need to demonstrate basic proficiency in reading, writing, and math. For students who need to fulfill General Education curriculum requirements they may enroll in online courses on e-permit with the School of Labor and Urban Studies (SLU-CUNY) contingent upon SLU availability of General Education classes during a given semester. Applicants are also required to write a personal statement.