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Urban Studies

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Urban Studies

About the Program

The Urban Studies Minor offers multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on the nature of urban life. Students choose from courses in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Geography, History, Political Science, Real Estate and the Built Environment, Sociology, and other relevant disciplines. This course work will help shape students' intellectual understanding of cities and generate new questions and directions in the study of urban life. Students will have a diverse array of opportunities to think and learn about cities in an informed and integrative way.

Who Should Enroll in the Urban Studies Minor?

Urban Studies students have an interest in exploring solutions to the social and environmental problems that afflict the contemporary city. They are interested in problems that cannot be understood from the perspective of a single academic discipline. By integrating study from several disciplines, Urban Studies students gain a strong understanding of the complex relationships that contribute to both the problems and opportunities of city life. Urban Studies students are interested in connecting what they learn in the classroom to the real world.

The Urban Studies minor can complement a variety of majors in the Social Sciences and Humanities as well as Geography, Public Policy, Real Estate and Construction Management, and other fields. Urban Studies prepares students to serve as city planners, social workers, public interest or real estate lawyers, urban real estate developers, urban educators, and policy researchers.

What are the Requirements for the Urban Studies Minor?

The minimum number of credits for the minor is 24. Students select courses from several of the disciplines participating in the minor, limiting themselves to no more than two courses from any one discipline. Consult the "Courses" page for descriptions If your interests lie in the urban social environment, you should consider putting together a program of study that combines the courses we offer in Anthropology, Sociology, of the Urban Studies curriculum. Courses having an urban focus in other departments and programs (for example, an Advanced Seminar in the Common Curriculum, or a course in the Pioneer Leadership program) may also be taken for credit toward the minor, pending approval by the Urban Studies Director.

Constructing Your Program of Study

Cities consist of both physical and social environments. The two interact with, and influence each other. The physical environment often reflects patterns of equality and inequality established by the social environment, and is often used to reinforce those relationships.

If your interests lie in the urban physical environment you should consider putting together a program of study that combines the courses we offer in Anthropology, Geography, Real Estate, and History. These will enrich a career in urban planning, geographical applications (e.g., Geographical Information Systems), land development, and other fields.

If your interests lie in the urban social environment, you should consider putting together a program of study that combines the courses we offer in Anthropology, Sociology, Communication Studies, and Economics.  These will enrich a career in any number of fields dedicated to the study of human social relationships and the provision of social services.