The Certificate offers graduate students the opportunity to structure a course of study that explores cities through a variety of disciplinary approaches. The Certificate emphasizes the intersection of interpretive approaches from the arts and humanities with methods from the environmental design disciplines. A complete program description and application information is available here.
Infrastructure Imaginaries in West Africa: Informal Urbanism, Creativity, and Ecology in Lagos, Nigeria (Interdisciplinary Research Studio)
Core Seminars and Interdisciplinary Research Studio courses are generally offered in the Spring term. A complete list of current and upcoming courses that count as core courses toward the Graduate Certificate can be found here.
There is a rich variety of courses on cities and urban life across many departments at UC Berkeley. A complete list of courses that count as electives toward the Graduate Certificate can be found here.
The Global Urban Humanities Initiative has partnered with the Townsend Center for the Humanities to offer fellowships for faculty and graduate students at UC Berkeley to support research on cities that engages methods from arts and humanities, design disciplines, and social sciences. More information can be found here.
Students have traveled to China and Mexico with Global Urban Humanities traveling studio courses. They have explored theories on urbanism from disciplines ranging from comparative literature to city planning. Check out some of the 20 team-taught and interdisicplinary courses created by the Global Urban Humanities Initiative here.
Check out our web-based projects
Global Urban Humanities students and faculty have created websites, exhibitions and publications using innovative ways of examining urban life. Check them out here:
Siteworks: Understanding Place through Design and Performance: Website chronicling the process of creating a site-specific performance to examine an urban landscape
See-Through Maps: Maps that Lay Bare Their Point of View: Map competition and online exhibition
Participatory Urbanisms: online project examining São Paulo and New Delhi through the work of artists and activists
Urban Pilgrimage: publication on the human experience of cities edited by Global Urban Humanities students
Public Space, Placemaking and Performance: Blog of a course combining methods from theater and urban design
Why should you participate in the Graduate Certificate? Learn how Global Urban Humanities is benefitting our graduate students.