Urban studies are offered during the spring semester for students interested in the economic, political, cultural, and social life of contemporary European cities and regions. The program is open to urban studies majors and those in related disciplines such as political science and government, anthropology, sociology, international studies, and history.
By living and studying in one of Europe’s oldest cities, students gain a deep understanding of urban development over time and learn about ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and modern Rome through site-based classes. Students spend the majority of their time at important historical sites and in neighborhoods exploring current planning issues, and on fieldtrips to Italy's most important artistic, economic, and political centers.
The mandatory Rome Workshop, CRP 4160, is a 6-credit field research course that anchors the semester and counts toward the Methods for Planning and Urban Studies area requirement for Cornell majors.
It requires students spend 20 hours per week in neighborhoods exploring public space, urban design, social housing, infrastructure services, immigrant integration, tourism, historic preservation, and economic development. Students meet with professional planners, government officials, community activists, and others responsible for urban policy making.
Cornell majors may fulfill up to three area requirements in Rome and/or in-college electives and a language requirement. In addition to CRP 4160, students enroll in courses in art history, architecture history, photography, contemporary art, Italian culture and politics along with architecture, art, and visiting students. Studying Italian ahead is strongly encouraged.
Urban and Regional Studies Requirements
Cornell urban and regional studies students may participate in their third or fourth year. Visiting students in urban studies and related fields may also apply to participate as juniors or seniors. All students in the urban studies track are required to enroll in CRP 4160. Students are admitted to the program by application and review of their record.