Urban Studies Minor

Write to urbs@sas.upenn.edu, and we will schedule you to meet with minor advisor Elaine Simon.

In the meeting, you will begin to fill out a minor proposal form. You will also have a chance to ask questions and clarify your interests.


A minor in Urban Studies consists of six course units:

  • One Urban Studies course from the themes of either History of Cities or Comparative and Theoretical Dimensions. You can find a list of courses by theme by clicking here.
  • Three Urban Studies electives. One of these can be a relevant course outside of Urban Studies which must be approved by your minor advisor.
  • Fieldwork - URBS 300 (a two cu course), or an advisor pre-approved alternative plan.

Because this minor requires an credit-bearing, unpaid internship (URBS 300), it is advised that students formally declare no later than the beginning of junior year. You will be formally admitted to the minor only after receiving approval from Dr. Simon.