About the Program
More and more, urban spaces are not only home to most of the world’s population, but are important to economic development, political cooperation and conflict, human-environment relations, and creative expression — that is, to the complex and diverse experience of being human. The Urban Humanities program investigates what it means to be human in an increasingly urban world.
The Urban Humanities program explores the urban experience in an interdisciplinary way, drawing on faculty and courses from across the university. It also emphasizes community engagement: Montclair State University lies in the center of the one of the largest and most diverse urbanized areas in the United States, and this context serves as a laboratory and source of career opportunities for Urban Humanities students. Students in the program will explore diverse subjects such as urban inequality, development and gentrification, forms of activism and advocacy, community planning, climate change, culture and art, criminal justice issues, and the dynamics of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity.
The Urban Humanities program’s curriculum is designed to provide students with both a coherent framework through which they can explore urban life and the flexibility to pursue individual courses of study that fit their interests and needs. As well as taking courses in the Urban Humanities, students can meet the program’s requirements by taking courses in a variety of fields: social sciences like anthropology and sociology; humanistic fields like the arts, history, and literature; and scientific fields like environmental studies.
• View the Course Requirements for the Urban Humanities Minor and Major (details coming soon!)
• Apply to Montclair State University
• To learn more about the discipline, consider adding Introduction to Urban Humanities (URHS 101) to your schedule. Visit NEST for more details.
Students in the Urban Humanities program will be well-prepared for a variety of careers related to urban issues. These include careers in:
- Urban planning
- Community, economic, and cultural development
- Urban administration
- Housing and real estate
- Museums and heritage work
Urban Humanities students’ training in qualitative, quantitative, and digital methods, as well as digital skills, will provide them with marketable skills. Their community engagement work, which will include a hands-on, community-engaged capstone workshop for majors, will provide direct links to networks of employers in our region. A degree in Urban Humanities also helps prepare students for graduate education, including in urban planning, public administration, museum studies, fine arts, communication and media, and a variety of other humanities and social sciences.
Career Advisors are available to meet with you virtually. Visit our CHSS Career Development pages for more information!