May 31, 2023  
2022-23 Academic Catalog 
2022-23 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Studies - URBN.AA

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The Urban Studies Option of the Liberal Arts/General Studies Program is offered for students who seek both an understanding of the ways in which historical, cultural, and socio-economic forces have influenced the landscape of the modern city, as well as the skills to help create change in urban environments.  Students finishing this program will demonstrate sensitivity toward the diversity of culture found in urban environments.  Students will hone problem solving skills to address modern urban policy issues that focus around socio-economic hardships and public health disparities, and will apply those skills to challenges faced in the local urban environment.  A variety of courses, from areas such as Public Health, Sociology, History, Economics, and Literature, comprise the interdisciplinary curriculum.

The culminating project for a student in the Urban Studies Program will be the Analysis of Urban Systems Capstone course.  In this course, students will engage in a civic learning project, applying problem solving skills they have learned to an actual challenge faced by the city of Springfield, MA.

This curriculum meets the requirements for the MassTransfer A2B Pathway in Sociology.  (For more information about MassTransfer benefits, please visit

Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies will be awarded.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between people, structures, and spaces that create the urban landscape by developing a capstone project
  • Create solutions to urban problems using sustainability as a guiding principle
  • Connect historical events to current political events that are occurring in urban centers
  • Demonstrate familiarity with components of literature, language, art, and religion that contribute to the diversity of urban culture
  • Identify various socioeconomic forces that affect urban climate and lead to public policy development and change in a northeast city
  • Interpret epidemiological data and draw conclusions about public health in an urban neighborhood

(URBN.AA) Curriculum

Program Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Josh Carreiro Professor/Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair 17/237 413-755-4631
John Diffley Professor 17/241 413-755-4627
Raja Staggers Associate Professor 17/233 413-755-4806  
Amy Stephenson Professor 17/243 413-755-4693


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