Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor consisting of a concentration of six courses (18 credits) that allow students to explore characteristics of urban areas and the people who live and work in these areas. The minor combines coursework from multiple disciplines giving students the opportunity to tailor their minor to complement their chosen major.
Students who envision themselves working in urban centers after graduation will find the additional coursework of an Urban Studies minor will better prepare them for that career path.
One required course for the minor
To integrate these diverse perspectives, students enroll in an introductory course either Approaches to Urban Studies OR Urban and Regional Ecological Planning OR Power and Decision Making, which introduces them to the critical and theoretical interdisciplinary nature of Urban Studies and their applicability to a range of social science (Sociology, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Political Science) and humanities (American Studies, History, Women’s Studies, English, Fine Arts) disciplines. This seminar, taken at an early point, serves as a basis for the minor.
50:975:102 Introduction to Urban Studies (R, D) (3) An introduction to basic approaches to the study, analysis, and resolution of urban problems, which are explored in their social, economic, political, and physical contexts.
50:975:103 Urban and Regional Ecological Planning (3) The network of interdependency and interaction between the human-made and the natural environments. The role of ecological planning in controlled growth and protecting the environment.
50:975:104 Power and Decision Making in Urban Communities (R, D) (3) Examines the decision-making process in the urban community; the dynamics of the group; formal and informal power structures in the urban community; and their influence on the decision-making process.
Elective courses for the minor
Students, with advice of the urban studies program director or member of the urban studies advisory committee, also take 5 courses (15 other elective credits), which introduce them to a particular issue or set of challenges in urban areas.
- No more than 6 elective credits will be in any one discipline.
- Only 6 credits from a student’s major will be applied to the minor.
- At least 6 elective credits will be at the 300-level or above.
Students are encouraged to consider an Internship in Urban Studies (50:975:475) during their senior year to gain practical experience in an urban nonprofit organization or local government and work on their own professional development through targeted career development classes.
How to declare a Minor in Urban Studies
- Go the Registrar’s Office and tell them you want to declare a minor in Urban Studies
- Meet with the Urban Studies program director to confirm your course selections will qualify.
- Once your coursework is completed, the Registrar will post your minor on your transcript.