Part of the Center for Urban and Global Studies, the Cities Program introduces first-year students to the study of Hartford and dynamic global cities, positioning students to take advantage of opportunities for hands-on engagement with contemporary urban issues.


Cities Program students, alumni, and friends in NYC

The Cities Program is designed for incoming first-year students with an interest in understanding how to plan, work in, and effect change in urban communities. Topics studied include community development, urban planning, urban culture, gentrification, urban renewal, and urban governance policy. Many students in the Cities Program continue to be involved with programs offered by the Center for Urban and Global Studies (CUGS) throughout their time at Trinity. CUGS programs include the Urban Studies major and minor, the Center’s summer study away trip in China and independent student research grants. Prospective students apply to the program through the Gateway Programs section of the Common App when applying to Trinity. Learn more about the program and curriculum.



Cities Program Alumna Highlight: Rocio Fernandez Gutierrez '22

Rocio Fernandez Gutierrez ‘22 was part of the Cities Program Gateway and studied away in the China Summer Program in her first year. Fernandez went on to double major in Urban Studies and Sociology, and in her senior year, used a CUGS research grant to conduct research for her thesis, focused on a comparative analysis of Pratt Street and Park Street in Hartford.


Studying Cities and Community with Laura Delgado

Meet Laura Delgado, Assistant Professor in Urban Studies and one of the Cities Program course instructors. Learn about why she studies cities and what you’ll learn as a student in her classes.


Cities Program Testimonials

Hear from current students and recent alumni about their experience in the Cities Program.


Garth Myers
Director of the Cities Program and Center for Urban and Global Studies
Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies
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Hear Professor Myers and Becca Dedert ’19 talk about studying cities at Trinity