Undergraduate Program


Undergraduate Certificate Program

Welcome to the Global Urban Humanities Undergraduate Certificate Program! If you are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to studying cities and urban life, we hope you will join our community of urbanists, artists, designers, scholars and practitioners. The Undergraduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities provides a framework for the study of cities and urban life that brings together approaches from many disciplines, with an emphasis on approaches from the arts and humanities and the design disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, city planning, and urban design. Participation in the Certificate program makes you part of an active community of scholars and urban practitioners and artists engaged in development new methods of research and teaching. 

Required courses:  1) Siteworks:  Understanding Place (Interdisciplinary Research Studio) 2) Elective in the College of Environmental Design 3) Elective in the College of Letters and Science (these courses must be approved by petition as the course numbers listed cover urban topics only in certain years)

Info Session is on September 1, 2017 at Wurster Hall 305, 11 a.m. Fall applications are due Sept. 1.

Undergraduate Certificate Student Handbook - PDF



The interdisciplinary colloquium provides a gathering place where people from different disciplines can learn about each other’s work on global cities. Enroll or drop in to hear speakers Wednesdays at noon. More

Spring 2017 interdisciplinary research studio: SITEWORKS--UNDERSTANDING PLACE

GUH Undergraduate Research Studio Spring 2018. Each year, we offer a fieldwork-based course that allows undergraduates to explore an urban Bay Area site using methods from architecture, city planning, the arts, performance, and the humanities. More


Fall 2017 College of Environmental Design Electives

Fall 2017 Architecture 130: Intro to Architectural Design Theory and Criticism. Crysler

Architecture 110AC: Social and Cultural Processes in Architecture and Urban Design. Cranz

Architecture 139: Design and Difference: Spaces of Queer Theory. Crysler

Architecture 170A: An Historical Survey of Architecture and Urbanism.

Shanken Architecture 179: Writing on the Walls. Shanken

City Planning 140: Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making. Macdonald

City Planning 190: Advanced Topics in Urban Studies. Rodriguez

*Environmental Design 4A: Design and Activism. Castillo

Landscape Architecture C171: The American Designed Landscape Since 1850. Mozingo 

Fall 2017 Letters & Science Division Electives

American Studies H110 002: From SFMOMA to the Ghost Ship: Exploring Bay Area Arts Ecosystems (American Studies BA Only. Permission of instructor required) Winet

Anthropology 138A: History and Theory of Ethnographic Film. Fisher

Art Hist 36: Asia Modern: Art & Architecture, 1800 - present

Chinese 158: Reading Chinese Cities. Po

Classics 130: Etruscan Italy. Pieraccini  

Dutch 171AC: From New Amsterdam to New York: Race, Culture, and Identity in New Netherland. Dewulf

Education 186 AC / Geography 159AC / Ethnic Studies 159AC: The Southern Border. Shaiken

Education 190 AC / Geography 190 AC: Critical Studies in Education. Murphy,Graham, Johnson

English C136: New Orleans

English 190: Great Britain in the 1960s. Gang

English 190: Literature and Revolution. Lee

English 190:  The Historical Novel. Puckett.

Art Hist 192M: Urban Africa

Geography 170: On the Move: Mobility, Infrastructure, and Urban Life. Stehlin

Global Studies 10B: Critical Issues in Global Studies.

 History 106A: Ancient Rome: The Roman Republic. Taylor

History of Art 36: Asia Modern: Art + Architecture, 1800-present. Gupta

History of Art 41: Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture. Stewart

History of Art C109: Digital Humanities, Visual Cultures: Digital Travels. Honig

History of Art 186C: Contemporary Art in the Americas. Bryan-Wilson

History of Art 192M: Problems in Research and Interpretation: Global Modernism. Mills

Italian 40: Italian Culture (in English). Fuller

Portuguese 128: People in Transit: Survey of Brazilian Literature knowledge of Portuguese required)

Scandinavian 75: Literature and Culture of the Nordic World.  

Spanish 135: Casa Tomada: Literatura, Arquitectura, Poder