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, is our 31st Annual Public Lecturer. If you missed her engaging and timely lecture, you can view it by clicking here!

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

2014 Graduates

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

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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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