Graduate Program offered through Community Semester

In their first semester, graduate students will take a specialized set of four courses offered in the MA in Urban Studies.  This program serves the educational needs of seasoned students and community leaders, professionals in the field and activists who want to advance their careers and enhance their contributions to leadership and social change. 

The program is designed to develop skills and knowledge in the areas of history, organizing, leadership development, nonprofit management, urban issues and public policy.  It helps prepare students for careers in the areas of community organizing, advocacy, public policy, research, and law.  Students take the following courses to complete the program:

 

Three required three-credit courses:

URB 635: Community Organization (required)

URB 639: Fieldwork (required)

LPOL 602: NYC Work, Culture, and Politics (required)

 

One additional three-credit course elective to be selected from:

URB 612: Urban Social Problems and Community Development

URB 622: Intro to Non-Profit Governance and Management

URB 651: Special Topics: Course content will vary based on emerging trends, needs, and practices in the fields of community organizing and community development.

 

Community Organization

Course

URB 635

Level

Graduate

Format

In Person

Credits

3.00

Course Description

Prerequisite: None

This course will examine the historical development and contemporary practice of community organizing. Students will examine why and how people in urban communities and neighborhoods have organized to protect their rights and their entitlements to public services, to acquire resources for community development, and to improve their quality of life. Students will develop a historical and theoretical perspective on community organizing and will explore the range of issues around which communities organize.

 

Urban and Community Studies Internship / Fieldwork

Course

URB 639

Level

Graduate

Format

In Person

Credits

3.00

Course Description

Prerequisite: None

Through a combination of field work and scholarly analysis, students will explore the relationship between urban theory and practice, and will acquire multiple perspectives on administrative structures and urban policy, including the policy-making process and the role of interest groups and various urban constituencies and communities

 

Work, Culture and Politics in New York City

Course

LPOL 602

Level

Graduate

Format

In Person

Credits

3.00

Course Description

Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to provide an interactive overview of the constantly changing worlds of work, culture and politics in New York City.  The students will learn about where New Yorkers live and work, how specific urban communities develop, and assess how the cultural and political institutions of New York serve the city’s diverse population.

 

Urban Social Problems and Community Development

Course

URB 612

Level

Graduate

Format

In Person

Credits

3.00

Course Description

Prerequisite: None

This new course will trace the roots and history of the community development movement from its historic connections to the civil rights movement and the War on Poverty and responsiveness to urban problems, explain the present state of community development and how the relationship with city, state, and federal government, along with the professionalization of the field—has led to current outcomes, and examines the presence of chronic and persistent urban social problems and emerging issues and investigates case studies of successful programs to address poverty and improve quality of life in urban areas.

 

Intro to Non-Profit Governance and Management

Course

URB 622

Level

Graduate

Format

In Person

Credits

3.00

Course Description

Prerequisite: None

This new course focuses on basic issues of governance and accountability in non-profit management, power relationships within and outside of non-profits, stakeholder identification, management techniques, organizational skills, and the relationship between non-profits and social movements.

 

Special Topics

Course

URB 651

Level

Graduate

Format

In Person

Credits

3.00

Course Description

Prerequisite: None

Course content will vary based on emerging trends, needs, and practices in the fields of community organizing and community development.