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Edith Barrett, Ph.D.
Director,
Urban & Comm. Studies

Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Urban and Community Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. The Urban and Community Studies (UCS) program has a rich history at the University of Connecticut. For nearly four decades since its founding in 1974, the UCS program (formerly Urban Studies) has been engaging undergraduate students in the study of urban spaces and community living. With the guidance of dedicated interdisciplinary faculty members, UCS students explore ways to improve life in cities and communities for all people — locally, nationally, and internationally. After graduation, UCS students pursue a wide variety of careers in such areas as non-profit administration, human services, urban planning, criminal justice, and state and local government. The UCS program also prepares students for further graduate study in a range of fields, including public policy, social work, law, education, and business administration. With the majority of the earth’s population now living in urban areas, the UCS program provides students with the knowledge and tools they need to help build a sustainable world.

The UCS major and minor are available to undergraduate students studying at Storrs as well as to those attending classes on the Greater Hartford, Torrington, and Waterbury campuses. The curriculum blends intellectual rigor and practical experience. Students take core courses in urban studies, economics, history, political science, and sociology, then with the guidance of their advisor, select supporting courses that best fit their career or graduate study objectives. The curriculum includes tracks focused on criminal justice and law, nonprofit and public management, public health, public policy, social service and community organizing, and urban and regional planning. Students may also create their own emphasis area to match their unique interests. In conjunction with the Department of Public Policy, the UCS program has created a fast-track curriculum for students interested in pursuing a Masters in Public Administration. The BA/UCS-MPA Fast-track program allows exceptional students to begin MPA coursework while still completing their BA in Urban and Community Studies, making it possible to earn a master’s degree more quickly.

As part of their educational experience, UCS students are out in the community, regularly participating in service-learning, internship, and civic engagement opportunities. To our community partners, the UCS program has become a dynamic representative of the University of Connecticut. Without a doubt, the UCS program at the University of Connecticut is well on its way to becoming a vibrant center for education on urban and community issues as well as a leader in civic engagement for UConn students. The UCS program has much to offer students, faculty, and the community. We welcome your interest in our program.

Edith Barrett
Urban and Community Studies Director