Manhattan College’s school of arts now offers an urban affairs major with a more concentrated focus on urban issues and no longer requires students to have a dual major.
“I’m looking forward to building on the past success of urban affairs and expanding into some new areas,” said Cory Blad, director of the urban affairs program and assistant professor of sociology. “In particular, the impact of globalization on urban space and the challenge of urban decline in former manufacturing centers.”
With the major comes an assortment of new courses, including: Street Art & the City; Urban Art and the History of Venice; Power and Conflict; the New York Skyscraper; Police and Society; and Social Class and Inequality. In addition, faculty members from other departments will add classes to count toward the urban affairs major.
Blad is also working to further expand the structure of the urban affairs program by increasing College and community partnerships and interactive public events, and displaying outstanding student contributions. For example, urban affairs students are working with LIFT’s Bronx chapter, which is a national organization designed to help alleviate poverty through support in job searches, résumé construction, tax filing and much more.
“One of the great things about an interdisciplinary program is the opportunity to really expand how you think about cities and urban life in general, and I am hopeful that we can continue to push those boundaries and grow this exciting program,” Blad explained.
Current and future students will still have the option of double majoring and minoring in urban affairs. For more information, please visit