Urban Studies (A.A.)

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The Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department offers a major in Urban Studies which will lead to an Associate in Arts degree. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary field that introduces students to a variety of topics and issues in urban community development. The program draws on a variety of study areas, including sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology, to analyze our global economy and culture. You will learn:

  • How urban problems arise and how they have been previously addressed
  • Where cities come from, how they are organized, how they grow, thrive and decline
  • How to plan cities of the future
  • How to construct meaningful, inclusive, secure, and sustainable places

The program will prepare you for a range of future careers in fields such as:

  • public administration
  • law
  • urban planning
  • social work
  • education
  • business administration
  • political analysis
  • non-profit community work
  • research
  • fundraising

The Urban Academy

Students in the Urban Studies program are part of the Urban Academy. The Urban Academy is a collaboration between the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies and partnering community colleges. Urban Academy students receive dual acceptance to their community college urban studies major for their associate’s degree and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.

Students completing this program can transfer seamlessly into the B.A. degree program in Urban Community Studies at the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies without the loss of credits.

During their community and senior college experience, Urban Academy students will be connected to the limitless learning and professional opportunities available in one of the most dynamic urban centers in the world. The Urban Academy exposes students to experiential learning through unique union partnerships, community organizations, and government agencies. Additionally, students will be able to partake in the School of Labor and Urban Studies’ nationally recognized public programming.

Transfer Options

BMCC has articulation agreements with several four-year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there.

Explore Careers

BMCC is committed to  students’ long-term success and will help you explore professional opportunities. Undecided? No problem. The college offers Career Coach for salary and employment information, job postings and a self-discovery assessment to help students find their academic and career paths. Visit Career Express to make an appointment with an advisor, search for jobs or sign-up for professional development activities with the Center for Career Development. Students can also visit the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning to gain real world experience in preparation for a four-year degree and beyond. These opportunities are available to help BMCC students build a foundation for future success.


Urban Studies Academic Program Maps

Required Common Core

Flexible Core2

Curriculum Requirements

URB 100
Introduction to Urban Studies
URB 300
Urban Studies Special Topics
XXX xxx
Urban Studies Electives3
XXX xxx
Social Sciences Electives4
XXX xxx
General Electives1, 5
Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements


  1. These credits can be satisfied by taking STEM variants in the Common Core.
  2.  No more than two course in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Common Core requirements.
  3.  Choose two (2) courses from CRJ 101, CRJ 102, CRJ 204, ECO 111/AFL 111, EDU 202, GEO 241, HUM 101, HUM 411, POL 110, POL 111, POL 220, SOC 110, SOC 111, SOC 152/LAT 152, SOC 154/AFN 154, SOC 161/AFN161, SOC 200, or SOC 240.
  4.  Choose three (3) courses from the following disciplines: anthropology, geography, criminal justice, economics, history, human services, philosophy, political sciences, psychology and sociology.
  5. Students are encouraged to select from ENG 3xx, HED xxx or modern languages courses. 

Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice Department

199 Chambers Street, Room N-651
New York, NY 10007
Phone: (212) 220-1210

Office Hours:
9 a.m.-5 p.m