City Studies Minor

"Humankind's greatest creation has always been its cities. They represent the ultimate handwork of our imagination as a species..." — Joel Kotkin

The City Studies minor examines the economic, political and cultural forces that have shaped the city. Given our location, New York City is a natural laboratory for the study of historical and global transformations of the urban landscape.

Students will engage with issues such as transnational migration, public policy, labor, global finance, environmental sustainability and the arts. In developing their interdisciplinary program of courses, students are encouraged to study a range of Western and non‐Western cities. Field trips to New York and opportunities to travel to other American and foreign cities will allow students an intimate and hands‐on approach to urban issues.

This minor prepares students for careers and graduate work in business, the social sciences, the environmental sciences, the arts or the humanities.

For more information:

Contact Sarah Donovan, Division Chair of Humanities,

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“This minor allows Wagner students to fully benefit from NYC as the capital of global business, artistic and technological innovation and a premier center of interculturalism and democratic politics.”
—President Richard Guarasci, Professor of Government and Politics, teaches in the City Studies program.

New York City research and internship opportunities: