• Urban Studies Research

    In the Urban Studies Department, the community is an extension of our classrooms. You’ll apply your coursework to projects that engage the community and perform fieldwork, outreach, and research with local organizations. Through CityLab and the Intergenerational Urban Institute, you’ll have extraordinary opportunities to collaborate on real-world research with faculty mentors and engage in intergenerational and intercultural service-learning projects with community members.

    The Vincent “Jake” Powers CityLab
    Within the Urban Studies Department, you’ll have the opportunity to explore global urban problems and processes at the local level through our Vincent “Jake” Powers CityLab. CityLab is a research institute and archives that brings community-engaged scholarship to bear on challenges facing people in Worcester and Central Massachusetts. Research teams are interdisciplinary and intergenerational, with students, professors, and community partners all working collaboratively.

    Intergenerational Urban Institute

    Through our Intergenerational Urban Institute, we seek to harness the combined talents of college students of all ages to meet the challenges facing our urban environment. In this WSU-based learning community of young, middle-aged, and elder students, you will develop knowledge, skills, and interpersonal relationships that will enable you to serve the greater Worcester community effectively.