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401 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102

For Graduate Programs:
Ms. Sandra Cheesman
Phone: (856) 225-6860

For Urban Studies:
Ms. Karen McGrath
Phone: (856) 225-6337

Dept. Fax: (856) 225-6559

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Urban Studies Major Requirements

Students majoring in Urban Studies take six core courses in Urban Studies (18 credits)* and six elective courses drawn from Urban Studies or allied fields in the social sciences and humanities (18 credits).  Students majoring or minoring in another field need to complete only five elective courses (15 credits).

Because Urban Studies emphasizes applied reasoning and inter-disciplinary mixed methodological approaches to problem-solving, students are encouraged to enroll in a supervised internship or practicum to gain hands-on experience working directly on urban problems with government agencies, non-profit organizations and community organizations.

Core Curriculum Requirements* (6 courses)

  1. Two (2) Introductory courses:
    • 50:975:102 Introduction to Urban Studies
    • 50:975:235 Camden and the Greater Philadelphia Region
  2. Two (2) Policy courses from among the following:
    • 50:975:204 Poverty and the Urban Environment
    • 50:975:317 Urban Health Theory and Advocacy
    • 50:975:320 Sustainable Cities: Energy and the Urban Environment
    • 50:975:339 Housing Policy and Its Impact on Urban Areas
    • 50:975:400 Community Development
    • 50:975:410 Immigrants and Community Development
    • 50:975:413 Urban and Regional Revitalization
    • 50:975:450 Environmental Law and Justice in the Urban Environment
  3. One (1) course in Institutions, Organizations and Leadership from among the following:
    • 50:975:104 Power and Decision-making in Urban Communities
    • 50:975:326 Planning and Administration of Municipal Services
    • 50:975:331 Role of Organizations in Urban Communities
      50:975:451 Community Leadership Training Seminar
      50:975:480 Nonprofit Organization and Management
  4. One (1) Methodology course from among the following:
    • 50:202:302 Statistics for Criminal Justice
    • 50:790:391 Quantitative Methods in Political Science
    • 50:790:413 Political Methodology
    • 50:830:250 Statistics for Social Science
    • 50:920:301 Methods and Techniques of Social Research
    • 50:960:183 Elementary Applied Statistics
    • 50:960:283 Introduction to Statistics
    • 50:975:477 Geographic Information Systems I: Urban Mapping
    • 50:975:487 Geographic Information Systems II

Elective Course Requirements (6 courses for majors; 5 courses for double majors or students with minors)

  1. Any other Urban Studies courses from the lists above that are not used to satisfy core curriculum requirements, or any other Urban Studies course from among the following:
    • 50:975:103 Urban and Regional Ecological Planning
    • 50:975:219 History of Ghettos and American Slums
    • 50:975:221 Urban Education and Literacy Practicum
    • 50:975:306 Basic Methods of Urban Planning
    • 50:975:312 Urban Regional Planning Studio
    • 50:975:315 Theory and Practice of Urban and Regional Planning
    • 50:975:319 Urban Health Care systems and Human Needs
    • 50:975:340 Suburbanization
    • 50:975:360 Communications and Urban Problems
    • 50:975:380 to 399 Special Topics in Urban Studies (Junior level)
    • 50:975:405 Legal Foundations of Urban and Regional Planning
    • 50:975:419 Urban Program Analysis and Evaluation
    • 50:975:421 Urban Practicum I
    • 50:975:422 Urban Practicum II
    • 50:975:456 Global Cities and Economic Change
    • 50:975:475 Internship in Urban Studies
    • 50:975:489 to 495 Special Topics in Urban Studies  (Senior level)
    • 50:975:498 Independent Study
    • 50:975:499 Honors Thesis
  2. Or any related courses in the social sciences from among the following:
    • 50:163:381 Youth Identities and Urban Ecology
    • 50:163:382 Urban Education
    • 50:202:201 Criminal Justice in American Society
    • 50:202:322 Juvenile Justice
    • 50:202:325 Violent Crime
    • 50:202:337 The Poor, Minorities and Justice
    • 50:220:322 Econometrics (note: prerequisite 220:102 or 105)
    • 50:220:330 Urban Economics
    • 50:512:364 City and Suburb in American History
    • 50:590:201 Introduction to Latin America
    • 50:790:103 Basic Urban Issues
    • 50:790:205 American State and Local Governments
    • 50:790:242 Urban Social Ecology
    • 50:790:308 New Jersey Politics
    • 50:790:331 Urban Policy and Economic Development
    • 50:790:332 Urban Political Systems
    • 50:790:340 Urban Planning
    • 50:790:342 Principles of Public Administration
    • 50:790:346 Urban Legal Problems
    • 50:790:360 Urban Public Policy
    • 50:790:390 Empirical Political Theory
    • 50:910:311 Social Welfare Policy and Services
    • 50:910:352 Groups at Risk
    • 50:920:208 Contemporary Social Problems
    • 50:920:217 Drugs and Society
    • 50:920:280 Social Movements in Society
    • 50:920:316 Race and Ethnicity
    • 50:920:321 Urban Sociology
    • 50:920:326 American Communities: Structuring Change
    • 50:920:370 Globalization/Change (Global Studies)
    • 50:920:380 Conflict and Change in Society
  3. Or any related courses in the arts and humanities from among the following:
    • 50:080:347 Environmental Design
    • 50:082:251 Modern Architecture
    • 50:352:351 Harlem Renaissance
    • 50:512:204 African-American History II
    • 50:512:340 The Civil Rights Movement
    • 50:615:225 Language, Class and Culture
    • 50:698: Any course in Museum Studies

*Students who entered Rutgers-Camden before the Fall 2014 semester may fulfill the core curriculum requirement under the 2007 or 2011 curriculum rules.