Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Certificate Program

The Global Urban Humanities Initiative offers interdisciplinary undergraduate courses on cities and provides a portal to courses on urban life across many campus departments. We are developing an Undergraduate Certificate in Global Urban Humanities that will provide a framework for students to engage with cities from across a range of disciplines. Applications for participation will be accepted in Fall 2017.

Current Courses

Fall 2017


The interdisciplinary colloquium provides a gathering place where people from different disciplines can learn about each other’s work on global cities. More

Spring 2018

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Studio (Core)

Ghigo di Tommaso (Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning)
Erika Chong Shuch (Theater, Dance & Performance Studies)
Susan Moffat (Global Urban Humanities Initiative)

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.  This year, the Research Studio will focus on the Albany Bulb, a construction debris landfill in San Francisco Bay known for its informal art, spectacular views, and for many years, a longstanding homeless community.  What will the Bulb become?  Using methods of urban and natural observation and experiments in performance and documentation, students will seek to understand this complex space.