Students graduating with an undergraduate major in Urban Studies have been accepted into some of the premier graduate schools in the country, including but not limited to the Harvard University Law School, the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Duke University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Yale University, Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Georgetown University, Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University among others.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Urban Studies program, students have chosen graduate fields of study in law, medicine, public health, public policy, urban planning, art, international and global studies, education, and foreign affairs. All graduating students in Urban Studies must complete a senior thesis or senior honors thesis, some of which have been published in subsequent research journals.
The following list provides some of the research topics compiled by our distinguished graduates for their thesis requirement:
"Corruption, Corporatism and Campbell's Soup: The Story of Failed Renewal in Camden, New Jersey'"
"Independent Cities in the U.S.: Two Unique Cases of Regional Fragmentation - Case Studies of St. Louis (MO) and Baltimore (MD);"
"Homeless Youth in Urban America;'"
"Segregation and the Suburbs: How Discrimination Keeps Minorities from Residential Freedom;"
"Sentencing War: Disparities and Injustices in Cocaine Sentencing;"
"Sentencing Youth as Adults: Childhood, Crime and Culpability;"
" Divided Space: How Baltimore's Exclusionary Housing Measures Support Segregation;"
"An Analysis of Human Trafficking Policy and Discourse in the U.S. from 1870 to the Present;"
"Youth and the 'Arab Spring': Demographics, The Economy, Perceptions and Culture in Cairo;"
"The Audy Home for Wayward Youth: One City's Response;"
"Eminent Domain, Urban Economic Development and Social Justice;"
"Pain, Trains and Automobiles: Urban Marginality and the Politics of Public Transit;"
"Charter Schools in America: The Ongoing Debate;"
"Public Subsidy, Private Development and the Public Interest: A Case Study of Public Subsidy for the Barclays Center and the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, New York;'"
"Public Housing in St. Louis: Pruitt-Igoe and Contemporary Design;'"
"Less Punitive, More Productive - Correcting Correctional Education: An Examination into the Roots of Post Secondary Correctional Education;"
"Bringing Hope to East St. Louis;"
"Beyond the Virus: Exploring the Social Determinants of Health Among Marginalized Populations in Urban Settings through HIV/AIDS;"
"Parole and Prisoner Re-entry in the United States;"
"The Intersection of Health Disparities, Education and Social Policy of Diabetes in the United States;"
“U.S. Refugee Policy: Implications for the Admission and Integration of Refugees of the Iraq War Since 2003;”
“Where Streets Have No Neighborhoods: Marginality and Decline in St. Louis, Missouri;”
“The Social Determinants of Health, Urbanization and Health Disparities;”
“Fighting the Free Market: Rethinking Community Benefits Agreements and Fourth-Wave Gentrification Resistance in Forest Cit yRatner’s Atlantic Yards Project;”
“Dump City: Environmental Hazards of Illegal Dumping in St. Louis;”
“ ‘Not Far From Ethiopia:’ Immigration and the Habasha Identity in Washington, D.C.;”
“Privatizing the Prison Industry in the U.S.;”
“Urban Agriculture in Post-Industrial Cities: A Case Study of Detroit and Its Implications for Future Urban Renewal;”
“Urban, Rural and Class Tensions by Comparative Advantage: Current Domestic Conflict and International Relations in Chile;”
“The Landscape of Early 21st Century Urban Detroit Efforts;”
“Public Private Partnerships: A Key Tool in Infrastructure Integration in Developing Economies;”
“Professional Sports’ Impact on Modern American Cities: The Case of the 2004 Detroit Pistons;”
“Slavery by Another Name: The Economic and Social Implications of Privatizing Prisons in the United States;”
“Climate Change and Urban Social Change: The Challenge of Our Times;”
“Subprime and Predatory Lending and Their Effect on Low-Income and Minority Communities and Homeownership;”
“East St. Louis, Illinois: Opportunities for Education and Economic Development;”
“Education Vouchers as a Tool for Urban Revitalization? A Case Study of Cleveland, Ohio;”
“The Masters in America: An Examination of the International Influence on Modern Architecture and Art’s Impact on Life;”
" 'Geography of Opportunity': A Comparatice Study of Urban Neighborhoods."