To browse the full list of courses available by academic department, visit Courses of Instruction.


To browse the most up-to-date faculty listing, click here.

2016-2018 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2016-2018 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2014-2016 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2014-2016 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2012-2014 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2012-2014 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2010-2012 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2010-2012 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2008-2010 CATALOGUE

To browse the 2008-2010 Catalogue online as a PDF, click here.

2006-2008 CATALOGUE

The 2006-2008 Catalogue is still available online as a PDF. To browse it, click here.


If you have questions or comments about the new online Catalogue, please send us your feedback.



Urban Studies at HWS is the study of urban space in multiple, interrelated contexts. It is a multidisciplinary subject that engages a wide range of subject areas but is anchored in the social sciences: Sociology, Economics, Anthropology, Political Science. These fields provide the research tools and theoretical framework for understanding the lived urban experience. Students also gain insight into urban experience in all its dynamism and complexity through the study of the arts, literature, and history, as well as through study abroad and direct engagement with the City of Geneva.

The program is multidisciplinary, and uses a variety of analytical methods to study the life and problems of cities. The primary subject areas for the major are Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, and Political Science. However, courses in Art and Architecture, English, Classics, Environmental Studies, and American Studies are also relevant to give perspectives on urbanization beyond those offered in the four basic departments. Urban Studies offers an interdisciplinary minor. All courses counting toward the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

NOTES: (1) Any member of the program faculty noted above can serve as an adviser for the minor, provided they agree to do so. (2) All individual programs approved by an adviser must also be approved by the program chair. (3) Some courses listed below have prerequisites (example: all second level Sociology courses and above require SOC 100 Introductory Sociology); students wishing to take such courses must fulfill the prerequisite as specified by the department offering the course. It is the student’s responsibility to discuss all such issues with her or his adviser before completing the minor form.

interdisciplinary, 5 courses
BIDS 229 Two Cities: New York and Toronto OR BIDS 207 Contemporary American Cities; two Core Courses from two different disciplines; and two courses from different disciplines from the program list (below), one of which must be an upper level (300 or higher) course.

Introductory Courses
BIDS 207 Contemporary American Cities
BIDS 229 Two Cities: New York and Toronto

Core Courses
ANTH 206 Early Cities
ECON 213 Urban Economics
HIST 215 American Urban History
HIST 264 Modern European City
POL 236 Urban Politics
SOC 251 Sociology of the City

Methods Courses
ANTH 273 Ethnographic Research and Methods
ECON 202 Statistics
SOC 211 Research Methods
SOC 212 Data Analysis

AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
ANTH 205 Race, Class and Ethnicity
ANTH 271 Jobs, Power and Capital
ANTH 297 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 326 Patterns and Processes in Ancient Mesoamerica Urbanism
ARCH 305 Environmental Design
ARCH 310 Early Modern Architecture
ARCH 311 History of Modern Architecture
ARCH 312 Theories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 313 History of Modern Landscape Architecture
ARCS 200 Design I: Basic Architectural Principles
ARCS 302 Design II: The Wider Environment
ARCS 400 Advanced Design in Architectural Studies
ARTH 101 Ancient to Medieval Art
ARTH 102 Renaissance to Modern Art
ARTH 116 World Architecture
ARTH 232 Rococo Art and Architecture
ARTH 233 Renaissance Architecture
ARTH 235 Art and Architecture of Baroque Rome
ARTH 249 Islamic Art and Architecture
ARTH 340 American Architecture to 1900
ARTS 115 Three Dimensional Design
CLAS 202 Athens in the Age of Pericles
CLAS 251 The Romans: Republic to Empire
CLAS 275 Topic: Ancient Sparta
CLAS 275 Topic: Greek and Roman Archaeology
ECON 122 Economics of Caring
ECON 135 Latin American Economics
ECON 221 Population and Society
ECON 243 The Political Economy of Race
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
ECON 344 Economic Development
ENG 258 19th Century English Novel
ENG 340 19th Century Architectural Novel
ENV 101 Sustainable Communities
ENV 120 Human Geography
ENV 204 The Geography of Garbage
ENV 215 Environment and Development in East Asia
HIST 237 Europe Since the War
HIST 240 Immigration and Ethnicity in America
HIST 246 American Environmental History
HIST 256 Technology and Society in Europe
HIST 310 Rise of Industrial America
HIST 311 20th Century America: 1917-1941
HIST 316 Metropolis
HIST 352 Wealth, Power, and Prestige
MDSC 303 Social Documentary
MDSC 315 Intro to Social Documentary
POL 211 Visions of the City
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 222 Political Parties
POL 227 Interest Group Politics
POL 229 State and Local Government
POL 254 Globalization
POL 320 Mass Media
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 245 Sociology of Work
SOC 262 Criminology
SOC 271 Sociology of Environmental Issues
SOC 290 Sociology of Community
SOC 325 Moral Sociology and the Good Society
SPNE 311 The Latino Experience


Hobart and William Smith Colleges,
Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

Contact the Colleges


Offices and Resources
Campus Directory

make a gift

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.