May 22, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalogue 
2020-2021 Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Studies Minor

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Heather Fitz Gibbon, Chair
Hamed Goharipour

The Urban Studies program provides both an interdisciplinary major and an offcampus urban experience for non-majors. Urban Studies is sponsored by the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology and administered by a faculty committee.

The Urban Studies major allows students to gain a perspective on the different urban phenomena that crucially affect the quality of life of most Americans, and to relate their liberal education to specific and real human concerns. The Urban Studies major provides a social-scientific core from which students may elect to branch out into various curricular tracks that either broaden the disciplinary bases of urban understanding or deepen competence within a particular discipline.

Special Notes

  • Off-Campus Study: The Urban Studies Program requires off-campus study - the Urban Semester. The off-campus program should consist of a city seminar and an urban related internship. Contact the chairperson of Urban Studies about the opportunities and arrangements for the Urban Semester.
  • To be eligible for the Urban Semester, the major must complete either URBN 10100  or one of the following: ECON 26100 , PSCI 20500 , or SOCI 20600 .
  • For the Urban Semester, the students enroll in URBN 29100 -URBN 29200 - Urban Field Study . This is the field placement for which the students receive two course credits. In addition, they enroll in URBN 29300 - Urban Field Seminar , a course designed to familiarize the student with the particular problems of the host city. URBN 29100 , URBN 29200 , and URBN 29300  are graded S/NC.
  • Participation in the Urban Semester is also available to non-majors. The prerequisites for Urban Semester for the non-major are either URBN 10100  or two of the following courses: ECON 10100 , ECON 26100 , PSCI 20500 , SOCI 20600 , or URBN 20100 . The Urban Semester for the non-major consists of URBN 29100 -URBN 29200 - Urban Field Study  and the additional options as provided for majors.
  • S/NC evaluation is not permitted for courses in the major, except for URBN 29100 , URBN 29200 , and URBN 29300 .
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.

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