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...

35th Annual Public Lecuture

Patrick Sharkey delivered our 35th Annual Public Lecture Uneasy Peace: The Great Crime Decline, the Renewal of City Life, and the Next War on Violence. If you missed it, click here to watch the lecture.

Check out our list of Urbs-related internships and other opportunities

Use this link to see our list of Urbs-related internships. These often come to us from Urban Studies alums, who are specifically seeking Urban Studies students!

New York Trip 2018

Thank you to all the students and alumns who helped make this year's Annual New York Trip a great success. Check out pictures of the day on our Facebook page.

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

Students of Urban Research Methods [URBS 200] study the economic, social, and cultural life of a specific Philly neightborhood. CLICK HERE to see student work from previous semesters.

Recent News

Alumni Achievements

  • Nabilla Ariffin (URBS '13) wins a spot at the 2018 New Faces Convening

    SquashSmarts Community Impact Director, and Urbie, Nabilla Ariffin is 1 of 10 young leaders from ‘global north’ chosen to join 10 young leaders from ‘global south’ for the inaugural 2018 New Faces Convening.

    The International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) joint project is uniting social and civic entrepreneurs from around the world to create demand, action and progress towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Alexa Salas (URBS '17) and colleagues publish article about their President's Engagement Prize project

    Alexa interned and volunteered at Puentes De Saludas in South Philadelphia during her junior and senior years.  Her senior seminar paper took up the question of how the family engagement of Latina immigrants and after-school programing could make a difference in the educational attainment of Latina and Latino immigrant sdudents. She went on to refine her paper for honors.  This article draws on her research and, of course, the experience she and her colleagues have in implementing the program Lanzando Lideres or launching leaders. 

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