With researchers estimating that a majority of the world’s population will live in cities by 2025, an urgent need to better understand the urban landscape has arisen. In that spirit, The New School, a Manhattan-based university, has created an environmental studies program centered on urban ecology and design. The program will launch in 2009, pending state approval.
Two degree tracks will be offered: a bachelor of science with a focus on urban ecosystems or sustainable design, or a bachelor of arts with a focus on urban ecosystems or policy. Students will take courses—with titles like “Planning the Sustainable City” and “Ecotopian Design”—in the university’s liberal arts school (Eugene Lang College) and design school (Parsons). All students are required to complete a for-credit internship to help prepare them for a career in government, advocacy, education, community development, or construction.