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Welcome to the Urban Studies Program

Ruler, equationsUrbanization and globalization are proceeding at an incredible rate. The field of urban studies examines the living environment of most Americans and of a rapidly growing proportion of the world's population. In this context, urban studies is a valuable major.


About The Program

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The program is multidisciplinary, using a variety of analytical methods to study the life and problems of cities. The primary subject areas for the major are anthropology/sociology, economics, history, and political science. However, courses in art, English, classics, and American studies are also relevant and give the student additional perspectives on urbanization beyond those offered in the three basic departments.

Urban studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor. All courses toward an urban studies major or minor must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.


Where We Are Located

Rosenburg Hall

The HWS Urban Studies Program is located in Stern Hall.

For more Information, Please Contact:

The Urban Studies Program
Hobart & William Smith Colleges
216 Stern Hall
Geneva, NY 14456
phone: (315) 781-3441
fax: (315) 781-3422


Eaton Hall

For more information, contact:

James L. Spates, Professor of Sociology/Class of '64 Professor, ext. 315-521-2805, 216 Stern Hall


Jean Salone
(315) 781-3420
(8 a.m.- 5 p.m.)

Fax: 781-3422