Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning
Alumnus Profile
Gary Van Deurse
B.A., English, Framingham State College, 1995.
Field(s) of Study
Urban and Social Policy
Experience Before UEP:
AmeriCorps*VISTA, Northern Kentucky Adult Reading Program.
AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader, American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.
Placement Officer, Corporation for National Service.
"When I first learned of UEP I knew right away that I wanted to apply. The work I had been involved with prior to coming to Tufts focused on program management and community service. My experience with UEP has both widened my scope of understanding of the work I had done, while providing an opportunity for me to use those experiences in an academic environment."
The Undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies provides undergraduates with an opportunity to pursue their love of cities and communities and to study urban issues in depth. Students can select from a rich variety of courses that examine the interplay among the different groups occupying the urban space, the problems they confront, their struggle for recognition and power, and the forces shaping the physical terrain they inhabit. Students can pursue interests in urban history, urban design, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social movements, and world urbanization.

The Minor offers a good foundation for students contemplating graduate work in urban planning, environmental policy, public administration, public policy, law, or social work. It also can be an intellectually exciting focus for interdisciplinary exploration, because understanding urban phenomena requires synthesizing knowledge from a broad range of the social sciences and humanities.
  • Five courses from at least three different departments among the following: Anthropology, Art History, Child Development, Community Health, Economics, Education, History, Sociology, Political Science, and UEP. See a complete brochure of Urban Studies Minor below for the list of courses.
  • The completion of an Urban Studies Minor capstone project that integrates the knowledge and methods of the relevant disciplines. Depending on the topic, the project can be a research paper, an oral presentation, a video, a photographic exhibit, a fictional narrative, or other forms of study.
  1. Interested students should fill out the Declaration of Major/Minor/Change of Advisor Form on the Student Life website (also at http://students.tufts.edu/registrar/student-forms) and turn the form in to Student Services.
  2. The Urban Studies Minor requires the completion of five courses from at least three different departments. The courses are generally drawn from the list presented. It is the student's responsibility to consult with the Urban Studies Minor coordinator about other eligible courses.
  3. The completion of an Urban Studies Minor capstone project also is required (see Urban Studies Minor Capstone Guidelines)d. It is the student's responsibility to select a project committee, in consultation with the Urban Studies Minor coordinator. The committee will consist of two faculty members, one of whom will serve as the project advisor.
  4. The project will be given either one-half or one course credit. The choice of credit will not affect the nature and scope of the project – it is there to allow students some flexibility in registration. The student should register for UEP195 Urban Studies Capstone via the Student Services One-on-One Course Form with the project advisor as the instructor at the beginning of the semester in which they will complete the project work. If the project advisor is yet to be determined at that time, the student can register for UEP195-01.
  5. After completing all required coursework and capstone project, the student must complete the Urban Studies Minor Certification Form and obtain signatures and grades from advisors. The original signed copy must be brought to UEP. The student also should make a copy for their own records. UEP will submit a copy of the completed Urban Studies Minor Certification Form to Student Services on the student's behalf. It is the student's responsibility to deliver this form to UEP within the last week of classes, in order to receive credit for the Minor.
Students interested in the Urban Studies Minor should contact the program coordinator:

Weiping Wu, Professor
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
97 Talbot Avenue
Phone: 617-627-3394
E-mail: weiping.wu@tufts.edu

Download a complete brochure for the Urban Studies Minor here.