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Urban Studies is a field of study that creates innovative, real-world knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of city life. Both inside and outside the classroom, the Urban Studies Department reaps the advantage of the immense complexity and diversity both of New York City as a preeminent global city, and Queens as one of the most diverse counties in the United States. In Urban Studies, we emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach and offer perspectives and faculty expertise in anthropology, sociology, political science, urban planning, history, and other fields.

Degree Programs

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Urban Studies
BA - Major/Minor

Labor Studies
BA - Major/Minor

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Environmental Studies
BA - Major/Minor

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Urban Planning
BA - Minor

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Urban Affairs
Masters Program

News and Events

Join us!

What: Service Learning Internships Poster Session (presentation of
semester projects by the Urban and Environmental Studies Interns)

Where: Dining Hall 114 (Patio Room)

When: Dec. 8th @ 12:15-1:30 pm

Food & refreshments will be provided!!

Check out this article written by @josemartineznews about a MA alumni. “La Bodega gratis de Eileen” opens its doors every Saturday at the Consulate of El Salvador in Brentwood. Sitting in a modest corner of the offices of the Consulate of El Salvador in, Long Island, 40 minutes from some of the most luxurious restaurants in the world, stands a life-saving refrigerator. A dream that fueled the pandemic through an old refrigerator that today serves as a community grocery store for hundreds of people suffering from the ravages of food insecurity. “La Bodega Gratuita de Eileen”, as she named this project, in honor of her late grandmother, was born as a result of her volunteer work at various pantries in the Bronx in December 2020. Her mission took a course outside of New York City when someone close to her urged her to set her sights on her own community in Brentwood. "I began knocking on doors from February to May and finally the Consulate of El Salvador suggested that we set a table with free food and we did that," says the young woman, who assures that the experience has been "like a roller coaster because food insecurity has always been there but the pandemic made the problem worse." According to figures from the Feeding America organization, in 2019, before the start of the pandemic, more than 35 million people, including 11 million children, were experiencing food insecurity. In 2020, the outlook worsened with 45 million, "The fridge" In order to be able to offer fresh food, Once a spot was secured at the consulate, the next step put her on Facebook Marketplace. There a person fell in love with the project and donated what has become a main character in this community love story. "Now I am always super excited that Saturday will arrive to open the refrigerator and spend time with the community," says the young woman. "I want to live in a society where more people do things like this." Her love and dedication for the community comes from a special place. Sweeney is now on the other side of the pantry. She remembers that when she was little, with her mother, they visited places like the one she now coordinates. If you want to donate find us @eileensfreebodega_ ...

Please join and help to spread the word to your colleagues and students. Please join on Nov 29, 2021 @ 12:15 PM/ ARE WE SAFE YET?

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Breaking Migration Barriers as a DACA Student Student leader Dave Basnet (Hunter ’22) joins Hannah to discuss his experiences being a DACA recipient from Nepal, the various trials and tribulations he faced when solidifying his legal status, and what could be done to make the immigration process more accessible to undocumented people. ...

Nov 17 | Leonard Rodberg – QC Urban Studies Emeritus
How to power a carbon-free New York
12:15 PM – 1:30 PM via Zoom
Poster | Zoom link

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