Currently: 2nd year graduate student, M.S. Urban & Regional Policy
Graduated: BA, Sociology with Urban Studies Minor (2010)
The ability to look at urban social issues was what attracted Elizabeth Giardino to the Urban Studies minor. The minor allowed her to look at social problems from a place based perspective. “Every class I took was interesting. You can apply this to a broad range of interests from social work to law enforcement to economic development.”
In addition, the minor was not overly difficult to complete. There was good class availability and some of the classes overlapped with her major in sociology. This allowed to her to be able to graduate early even with doing all required Co-Op courses.
Ms. Giardino reported that the Urban Studies minor helped her to integrate easily into Northeastern’s Masters in Urban and Regional Policy (MURP) program. The minor provided the background knowledge needed to be successful in MURP. The courses she took provided her with a different perspective on the history of urban areas, how they have changed over time, and how they function. From her view, this understanding provides the foundation for effective urban policies.