Urban Society and Social Change

People March at the Black Lives Matter protest in Washington DC 6/6/2020

Many students are drawn to Urban Studies by their desire to understand and address the unique problems confronting cities today.  This concentration focuses on issues in contemporary urban society, and on the tools and concepts that can bring about change to improve urban life. 

Courses focus on a diverse range of issues, from public health crises to racial and class inequality.  Students also learn how community action, urban planning and design, and organizations in nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors address these challenges. This concentration prepares students to enter graduate programs concerned with urban affairs, community service, and public policy, and to work with local governmental agencies and for-profit and nonprofit organizations engaged in community service and development.

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Special Programs and Opportunities

Students in the Urban Society and Social Change concentration should consider applying for an Urban Studies Summer Fellowship or a Haas Center Summer Fellowship, both of which provide funding for a summer spent working for a non-profit or government organization. 

Extensive service-learning opportunities are available through the BOSP Capetown campus and through the Stanford in New York City program.  Those interested in policy should also consider applying for a summer placement with Stanford in Government, or a quarter at Stanford in Washington.  Consult your Urban Studies advisor to determine if courses or internships taken at another Stanford campus can fulfill Urban Studies course requirements or the internship requirement.

Required Course

  • URBANST156A: "The Changing American City" (4 Units)

Additional Courses

Courses in the concentration (including the required course and additional courses) must total at least 20 units. Please consult with your advisor to select a program of courses that suits your intellectual and personal goals.

If a course has not already been approved for a concentration, you may petition to count it by submitting this form to your advisor. 

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time

Larimer, A. (PI)
Krafcik, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Friday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

Lee, Y. (PI)
Moscovich, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
8:30 AM
10:30 AM

Sedar, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Ong, C. (SI)
Lechner, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

Levitt, R. (PI)
Mokrian, P. (PI)
Lyons, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
5:30 PM
7:00 PM

Marquez, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Marquez, R. (PI)
Brody, J. (PI)
Eacho, D. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Archie, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Rosston, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Goulder, L. (PI)
Kissel, H. (TA)
Grasley, N. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

reardon, s. (PI)
Townley Flores, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Thursday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Diver, S. (PI)
Polk, E. (PI)
Rodriguez, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

Lewis, M. (PI)
Perez, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Lewis, M. (PI)
Bykova, A. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

Hobbs, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Barr, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

Heaney, C. (PI)
Sullivan, N. (TA)
Yuan, J. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
8:30 AM
9:30 AM

LAW 2505

Schwartz, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
4:15 PM
7:15 PM

Gerdes, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Siino, R. (PI)
Muma, A. (TA)
Lanham, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

Eisenhardt, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Bruce, J. (PI)
Floyd, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Sievers, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Miller, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Miller, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Miller, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Grusky, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Marquez, R. (PI)
Brody, J. (PI)
Eacho, D. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Zhou, X. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Clair, M. (PI)
Zhang, I. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
5:30 PM
7:00 PM

LeSar, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Tien, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM

Lobo, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM

Ouyang, D. (PI)
O'Krepki, M. (TA)
Leckie, J. (PI)
Terplan, E. (PI)
Wang, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Edwards, M. (PI)
Pena Brown, K. (GP)
Eldeeb, S. (GP)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday
4:00 PM
5:00 PM

Edwards, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Litvak, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Kahan, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Hehmeyer, P. (PI)
Rich, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Chan, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

McKibben, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

Glanz, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

2021 - 2022
Summer

Wolfe, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Litvak, L. (PI)
Salazar, R. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring