Bulletin--Urban Studies Program

Urban Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joseph Julian

Urban Studies Program
SCI 378
Director: Deborah LeVeen

ProfessorsóLeGates, LeVeen, Schneider

Assistant ProfessoróRivera-Pinderhughes

B.A. in Urban Studies

Minor in Urban Studies

Program Scope
The Urban Studies major offers a program in planning and policy analysis. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for careers in planning, policy analysis, and program administration.

The curriculum combines a liberal arts education with a problem-solving focus, training in research methods, and practical work experience in a carefully supervised internship. Course requirements consist of two parts: core courses designed to present appropriate social science perspectives and develop the analytic tools necessary for planning and policy analysis, and electives designed to apply the basic core courses to a policy or professional focus of interest.

For a copy of the Urban Studies Advising Handbook or further information about the program and the internship, contact the Urban Studies Program.

The Minor in Urban Studies is designed to complement a wide range of majors by offering students an opportunity to develop competence in urban planning or policy analysis. The minor consists of a three course core and three specialized courses in urban planning or policy analysis. For further information, contact the Urban Studies Program.

Career Outlook
Graduates work in public, private, and non-profit organizations in such areas as city planning, health care, transportation, land-use planning, housing development, political action, social services, and law.


Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Urban Studies discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).

Core courses required of all majors		Units
Historical and Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives
URBS 400	Dynamics of the American City	    3
Three of the following courses:			11-12
	URBS 535	Urban Economics
	GEOG 432	Urban Geography (4)
	URBS 512	Urban Politics and 
			Community Power (4)
	SOC 480		Urban Sociology (4) or
		URBS 555	Urban Anthro-
				pology (4)
Research Methods Sequence
URBS 492	Data Analysis			    4
URBS 493	Research Methods		    4
Foundation Course in Policy or Planning
One course chosen from the following:		    4
	URBS 480	Policy Analysis (4)
	URBS 658	Land Use Planning (4)
Field Work and Practical Applications
URBS 603	Public Service Internships	    3
URBS 604	Internship Seminar		    1
URBS 680	Senior Seminar			    4
		Total for core			34-35
Electives/Focus of Interest
Three (3) upper division electives chosen by 
	each student with the approval of a 
	faculty adviser, designed to develop 
	competence in policy or professional 
	areas of interest. See the Urban 
	Studies Advising Handbook for a des-
	cription of possible foci of interest.
Possible foci					 9-12
	Environmental planning
	Policy analysis
	Housing and community development
	Health policy
	Land use planning
	Computer applications in urban analysis
	Urban Law
	Community organizing
	Urban Journalism
		Total for major			43-47


Core Courses (required of all students)		Units
URBS/HIST 400	Dynamics of the American City	    3
URBS 492	Research Methods		    3
Emphasis (select one of the emphases listed 
	below)					13-16
		Total units			20-23

Urban Policy Emphasis
URBS 480	Policy Analysis			    4
Three courses selected from the following:	 9-11
	URBS 565	Social Policy and the 
			Family (4)
	URBS/LABR/PLSI 570 Urban Health Policy
	URBS/PLSI 580	Urban Housing Policy
	URBS/HED 582	Homelessness and Public 
	URBS/PLSI/SW 660 Nonprofit Organizations 
			in Urban Life
	Approved substitute(s) with consent of 
		adviser (3-4)
		Total for emphasis		13-15
Urban Planning Emphasis
URBS/GEOG 658 Land Use Planning			    4
Three courses selected from the following:	11-12
	URBS/GEOG 655	Urban Environemntal 
			Design (4)
	URBS/PLSI 580	Urban Housing
	URBS/GEOG 433	Urban Transportation (4)
	URBS/PLSI 513/GEOG 654 Politics, Law, 
			and the Urban Environ-
			ment (4)
	URBS/GEOG 652	Environmental Impact 
			Analysis (4)
	Approved substitute(s) with consent of 
		adviser (3-4)
		Total for emphasis		15-16

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