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...

URBS Alumni Event: Politics & the American City

Sunday July 24th, start time 2pm
Election season is in full swing, and Philadelphia is getting ready to welcome the Democratic National Convention this summer. But will urban policy be a priority for Presidential and Congressional hopefuls in 2016 and beyond? Click here to find out!

Urban Studies Research Guide

If you're looking for where to start your Urban Studies research, then look no further. Urbs librarian Deborah Bishov has created a handy Urban Studies Research guide, complete with online text resources as well as mapping tools, U.S. Census data and more. Here's the link!

Showcasing Student Work

During the Spring 2016 semester, students in URBS 200 will study the economic, social, and cultural life of Chinatown North. Click here to see student work from previous semesters! 

Graduate Certificate Program: Accepting Applications

Spring Deadline: April 29th, 2016

Submit
1) CV
2) Letter of interest
3) Statement of purpose

Click here for full details

Recent News

  • Kurt L. Schmoke | Tapping The Wire: The Power of Social Change

    Second Annual Gordon S. Bodek Lecture on Interracial and Interfaith Relations

    Monday, April 18, 2016 - 4:00pm 

  • Studies in Rapid Neighborhood Change

    Since 2011, Ira Goldstein and Mark Stern have taught URBS200—Urban Research Methods—using a community case study approach. We have chosen a neighborhood and used a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods to learn about its economic, social, and cultural life.  Because Philadelphia is a dynamic city, these case studies typically focused around issues of community change: what has changed and how have those changes affected community residents?

  • School Closures Conference

    On June 19, 2015, over 65 people gathered at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a one-day convening on school closure research in the mid-Atlantic. Participants represented communities and institutions throughout the region, including: Baltimore; Boston; Cleveland; Newark, N.J.; New York; Philadelphia; and Rochester, N.Y. The event consisted of three research roundtables, a panel discussion of strategies for making research useful, and a keynote response from Dr.

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