Welcome to Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. It draws on faculty and resources across the university and the city to offer students a multi-faceted approach to the study of urban trends.  More...

Annual Public Lecture | Dec. 3, 2014

Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be our 31st Annual Public Lecturer. Click here for more information! 

In memoriam, Michael B. Katz, 1939-2014


Michael B. Katz, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, died on August 23, 2014.  Michael was co-director of the Urban Studies program from 1983 until 1996.  He, more than any individual, is responsible for the current contours of the undergraduate program...continue

The New Projects

Penn URBS alumni Fay Darmawi was recently published in The Pennsylvania Gazette! Check out her article on the state of today's affordable housing. 

2014 Graduates

Congratulations to all of our 2014 graduates! Click here for more photos!

And the winner is...

Urban Studies Fieldwork 2014 Goes Visual

Students in URBS300, the Urban Studies Fieldwork course, selected the best of their class’s short documentary films as winners of the first ever “Urbie Awards” (our equivalent to the Oscars).
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Recent News

  • Alumni Mentor Program

    We invite you to help us inaugurate our alumni mentor program! The goal is to connect Urban Studies undergrads with alumni for career networking and advice, using our Urban Studies Alumni Group on LinkedIn as the vehicle for the initial contact. Below we describe the course of action you would take to participate, both as an alum of the program or a current student.

  • In memoriam, Michael B. Katz, 1939-2014

    Michael B. Katz, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, died on August 23, 2014.  Michael was co-director of the Urban Studies program from 1983 until 1996.  He, more than any individual, is responsible for the current contours of the undergraduate program.  Early in his tenure as co-director, he restructured the curriculum, balancing multi-disciplinary coursework with a core of shared experiences.

  • Penn IUR wins Pew Project Grant

    Congratulations to the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and our own Professor Paul Farber, on scoring a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage 2014 project grant! The centerpiece of the project, called “Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia,” will be a temporary monument by the late, award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania professor Terry Adkins.

Alumni Achievements

UPCOMING EVENTS

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