There are 30 academic programs at NYU that offer courses in topics related to the urban environment. View our full list of urban courses available to NYU students as well as a sampling of featured courses by school and theme.

Urban Undergraduate Courses

Browse through our full list of urban courses offered at NYU (PDF: 270 KB)

Course List

Featured Courses by School

College of Arts and Science

  • American Dilemmas: Race, Inequality, and the Unfulfilled Promise of American Education (SCA-UA 755/TCHL-UE 41.001)
  • Community Empowerment (SCA-UA 613)
  • History of City Planning: 19th and 20th Centuries (ARTH-UA 663)
  • Shaping the Urban Environment (ARTH-UA 661)
  • Urban Design and Health (ARTH-UA 682)

Gallatin School of Individualized Study

  • Design with Climate Change (ARTS-UG 1636)
  • New York City Women in the Arts from Dorothy Parker to Patti Smith (IDSEM-UG 2048)
  • First-Year Research Seminar: Shadow Cities: Literary Alterity and Urban Underworlds (FIRST-UG 778)

NYU Abu Dhabi

  • Art and Architecture: Reinventing the City (VISAR-UH 2121)
  • Urban Violence: The Middle East (CSTS-UH 1059X)
  • Interdisciplinary Introduction to African Urban Studies (AFRST-UH 1110J)

NYU Shanghai

  • Urban Design Studio: Pocket Space in Shanghai (SOCS-SHU 353)
  • Shanghai Stories (HUMN-SHU 266)
  • Urbanization in China (SOCS-SHU 133)

Tandon School of Engineering

  • Cities in Developing Countries (URB-UY 3214)
  • Geographic Information Systems (URB-UY 2144)
  • Introduction to Urban Infrastructure History (HI-UY 3034)

Other Programs

  • The Economy of Cities (ECON-UB.237)
    Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Economics
  • Environmental Health in a Global World (UGPH-GU 50)
    School of Global Public Health
  • Media History of New York (MCC-UE 1151)
    Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
  • Popular Music and Protest in the 21st Century (REMU-UT 1157)
    Tisch School of the Arts
  • Real Estate Urban Economic Development (REBS1-UC 1050)
    School of Professional Studies
  • Service Learning with Immigrant Youth (UNDSW-US 72)
    Silver School of Social Work

Global Sites

NYU also offers urban-related courses in our 11 global academic centers.

  • Art and Politics in the City: Buenos Aires, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Mexico City (SASEM UG 1925)
    NYU Buenos Aires
  • Seeing London's Architecture (ARTH-UA 9674/SASEM UG 9250)
    NYU London
  • Topics in Literature Writing Workshop: Writing Paris (FREN-UA 9968)
    NYU Paris
  • Urban Greening Lab (ENVST-UA 9495)
    NYU Berlin

Featured Courses by Theme

Click on a dropdown to explore some of our course offerings by theme.

Undergraduate degree programs each have their own policies about which courses satisfy degree requirements. The inclusion of a course on the list does not mean that that course fulfills specific degree requirements. Students should check with advisors before registering for courses.

Each program/department identified their own courses for this list. This list does not include special topics-related courses or directed studies, independent studies, or guided reading courses. Courses may have prerequisites and may not be open to all students.