Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Community Studies (B.A.)


Program Description

The Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Community Studies (B.A.) is designed for students with interests in urban, social, economic, and political issues, especially as they relate to diverse working-class communities. The program explores the dynamics of urban life, public policy and administration, the structure of urban government and agencies, the delivery of social services, and community and labor organization.

Urban and Community Studies draws on sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology to analyze our global economy and culture. Students in the program have opportunities for experiential and applied learning, including fieldwork and workplace based projects in New York City. They study with nationally known faculty from CUNY as well as with expert practitioners in the fields of public and health care administration, municipal politics, workforce development, labor, and community organizing. Additionally, students develop their special interests within the field by selecting one of three areas of concentration: Urban Studies, Community Studies, or Labor Studies.

Career Prospects

The Bachelor's Degree in Urban and Community Studies opens doors to careers in government agencies, community service and philanthropy, urban planning, law, urban design, education, and business, as well as in non-profit institutions serving urban populations. Students are also prepared for advanced study in the field, including the M.A. in Urban Studies, offered by CUNY SPS.

The program is offered through CUNY SPS's Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.

Note: The curriculum of the B.A. degree offers several electives that are online courses offered in other SPS social science programs. Students may wish to choose an elective from among those online courses. In addition, SPS offers an array of General Education courses on-line. Some of these General Education courses may also be offered as in-person classes. Contingent upon the availability of General Education classes during a given semester, students may need to enroll in online courses to fulfill General Education curriculum requirements.

Admission Criteria

To qualify for admission to any of the bachelor's degree programs at SPS, applicants must have:

The online application requires students to complete a personal essay that will help us understand your educational goals and readiness to return to college.

Application Deadlines


June Cumberbatch