The Urban Project


American Studies
Community Organization

Academic offerings: From coursework in urban history to capstone projects in environmental activism, students are offered ongoing opportunities to explore the long legacy, competing theories, and present-day challenges of urban community organizing. In the classroom and the community, faculty encourage undergraduates to connect theories of social change with lived experiences of promoting racial, social, and economic justice in American urban communities.

Experiential learning: Undergraduates benefit from the American Studies Department's extensive links with a range of local and civic institutions, testing ideas from the classroom through experiential learning projects in fields ranging from community organizing to urban public history, historic preservation to neighborhood environmental activism.

Employment opportunities: Students with bachelors' degrees in American Studies often go on to pursue careers in community organizing, labor, environmental, and other social-justice related fields. The department's extensive internship portfolio allows students to make contacts well before entering the work world.


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