UCS Scholarship Deadline March 23rd, 2023

We are pleased to announce that we will start accepting applications for UCS’ Bastow and Binnie Scholarship starting today.  We encourage all UCS majors who plan to continue their studies as a full-time undergraduate in academic year 2023/2024 to apply for the Bastow and Binnie Scholarship. This is open to our majors on any campus.

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Prof. Shane Epting’s Book Tour

Please join us for Professor Shane Epting’s “Urban Enlightenment: Multi-stakeholder Engagement and the City” event being held on March 27, 2023, ­­­­from 4 pm to 6 pm. The event will be held at the Humanities Institute Conference Room located at the Homer Babbidge Library (Four South) in Storrs. Individuals may also register to attend remotely.

Book Tour –
“Urban Enlightenment:
Multi-stakeholder Engagement and the City”

This book applies the concept of moral ordering to urban affairs. It demonstrates how multi-stakeholder engagement can enhance the quality of city life while supporting ambitions such as ethical urban sustainability and human flourishing. The author argues for moral ordering, a process designed to address issues involving different stakeholder groups, such as municipal officials and residents. By employing moral ordering, a view comes into focus, revealing that the attention that each group receives reflects their place in the process, providing the necessary degree of moral respect. Finally, the author shows how moral ordering can lead to urban enlightenment.

If you plan to join remotely, we recommend registering in advance with the link provided (click “Join Remotely”). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you require accommodation to attend this event, please contact us at or by phone (860) 486-4416.

Virtual Green Days Panel, University of Iceland

This panel will showcase work being done in US cities by three graduates of UConn’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the intellectual frontier of Sustainable Transportation.  Featured speakers are Anaka Maher, Solutions Engineer at Optibus;  Steven Luglio, Transportation Engineer at Sam Schwartz;  and Lauren Romeo, Transportation Engineer at Arup.  All three speakers participated in the global experiential learning experience, Sustainable Amsterdam, in Summer 2018, with Professors Atkinson-Palombo and Garrick (Emeritus Professor of CEE).


CLAS Scholarships

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers an array of need-based and merit-based undergraduate student scholarships and graduate student fellowships. There is one standard application for most scholarships and the application will close on Sunday, February 26th.

Students can find more information about available scholarships and fellowships and apply by visiting

For more information, contact: CLAS at 860-486-2713

Welcome to the Spring Semester

Welcome to our new Urban and Community Studies majors and minors. We are excited to have you join our program. Please reach out to the program or your UCS faculty advisor if you are in need of any assistance. You may also find helpful information on our website regarding degree requirements, course offerings, internship, and employment opportunities as well as information regarding the Urban Semester Program.

We also want to welcome back our returning majors and minors. We hope you all had the opportunity to unwind and enjoy time with your friends and loved ones.

If you are Senior planning to graduate in May, please remember that if you have not yet applied to graduate you must do so via the Universities Student Admin Webpage  Information regarding this process is available via the university’s Apply to Graduate webpage. Students are encouraged to do so asap but no later than the Registrar’s deadline to ensure that the university has sufficient time to process your request and to work out any potential issues.

As part of the graduating process you must also submit a Final Plan of Study in the first four weeks of the semester you plan to graduate. If you run into any issues, please reach out to your UCS faculty advisor or to

We wish you all the best this semester.

Urban and Community Studies

UConn Connects Internship

  • UConn Connects is seeking undergraduate students to serve as UConn Connects Peer Mentors for the spring 2023 semester. UConn Connects Peer Mentors assist students in achieving their academic and personal goals. With over 30 years of supporting students’ success, UConn Connects is the University’s largest volunteer mentoring program offered by the Academic Achievement Center (AAC). UConn Connects is an academic intervention program, designed to provide students with the skills and support needed for long-term academic success.

    UConn Connects Mentors meet with student mentees on a weekly basis to advise, guide, and support them as they navigate the university. Serving as a mentor requires attending a pre-semester training and enrollment in a 3 credit 120-hour internship course.

    For more information, please visit the Academic Achievement Center (AAC) during drop-in hours on Mondays – Thursdays 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Fridays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

    Storrs – Rowe Building room 217.

    Hartford – HB 202

    UConn Connects Mentor applications are available online at:

    The Academic Achievement Center is part of UConn’s First Year Programs & Learning Communities department, located in ROWE Undergraduate Center in room 217.  For more information, contact Leo Lachut, Director of Academic Support, at 860-486-1664; Ada Rivera, Assistant Director of Academic Support, Hartford Campus at 959-200-3809, Joanna Rivera Davis, Assistant Director of Academic Support, at 860-486-6120; or Rachel Mongillo, Learning Services Coordinator, at 860-486-8791: Pam Fischl, Academic Achievement Center, at 860-486-9124.


Spring 2023 and Winter 2022 Course Flyer – Revised

The attached flyer has been updated. Any cell colored light blue has no seats as of November 15th. Any cell colored light yellow has limited seating. If you are interested in any of these courses, please confirm seat availability in Peoplesoft since students may drop the class. This is only a guide.

If you have not already scheduled an appointment with your UCS faculty advisors, please be sure to do so to ensure that you have sufficient time to enroll in classes.

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Spring 2023 Course Flyer Revised 11.15

UCS Spring 2023 Course Flyer – updated 10.27.22

At the bottom of this page is the  revised UCS course flyer for Spring 2023.  Here are a few key changes since last weeks edition.


HIST/URBN 2541, Urban History – a Core in the major –  was added to the schedule on Tuesday and Thursday in the afternoon.

URBN 3998, Variable Topics course on Urban Farming will be offered this spring. This course is not offered every year, so please be sure to take it this spring if you are interested in the topic. The course meets a UCS’ Supporting requirement.


Sociology of Carework, SOCI 2995 – will be offered this spring in Hartford.  We all need carework, including a variety of emotional and supportive resources, both paid and unpaid. However, for children, the elderly, disabled persons, and those with short and long-term illnesses, carework is essential. Carework takes place in a variety of contexts, from community groups to people’s homes, to facilities like daycare centers, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers. Through this course, students will gain an understanding of the various forces that shape the social organization of carework through an examination of scholarly research, multimedia, and a recent memoir.

SOCI 3201, Methods of Social Research will be offered in Hartford and Stamford via Distance Learning. UCS majors in Storrs or Waterbury who may need a Methods course or would like to take this course should reach out to their UCS advisor for further information or possible guidance on attaining a permission number.


New course offering – GEOG 3000, Race, Sex, Space, and Place

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