| ACADEMICS | Majors & Minors | Urban Studies
The goal of the Department of Urban Studies is to foster an understanding of the complex challenges that face an increasingly urban and metropolitan world. The field of Urban Studies uses an interdisciplinary approach to understand metropolitan life. It immerses students in an academically rigorous and personally challenging course of study that helps them discover who they are, and how they can become change agents in this global society. The Urban Studies Department cultivates the development of critical thinking skills necessary to function effectively in today's competitive world. Department graduates enjoy outstanding careers in a wide variety of occupations, such as, public administration, policy development, non-profit management, urban planning, business, law, human services, health care management, housing management, gerontology and social work.Requirements for the Major: 36 credits. All Urban Studies majors are required to take the following courses:
Students are encouraged to take community based experiential courses, including practicum and internship. These course credits may not exceed a total of 12, three of which may count towards the major. Students may take the internship after completing 18 credits in the major. The practicum can be taken at any time, upon permission of department.
Requirements for a major in Urban Studies, Concentration in Public Administration and Planning: The required courses for the major, 3 credits in experiential learning (internship or practicum), and 3 of the following:
Requirements for a Major in Urban Studies, Concentration in Social Work and Social Policy: The required courses for the major, 3 credits in experiential learning (internship or practicum), and 3 of the following:
Requirements for a major in Urban Studies, Concentration in Intergenerational and Community Service: The required courses for the major, 3 credits in experiential learning (internship or practicum), and 3 of the following:
Requirements for a Major in Urban Studies with a concentration in Gerontology: the required courses for the major
and 3 of the following:UR 202 Aging in Metropolitan Society
Requirements for a Minor: 18 credits including the following:UR 101 Introduction to Urban StudiesUR 212 American Metropolitan EvolutionUR 213 Human Identity and the Urban EnvironmentThree additional UR 300-level coursesRequirements for a five-year Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies / Master of Science in Non-Profit Management:Students who have completed 90 undergraduate credits may apply for admission into the five-year BS/MS program if they have an overall GPA of not less than 3.0 and an urban studies major GPA of not less than 3.25. To be eligible, students must complete an undergraduate internship, independent study or capstone project that incorporates work with a community-based organization as part of their undergraduate work. Students must meet all the other requirements for admission to the Masters in Non-Profit Management. However, the standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT and MAT) requirement is waived for students with an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher. In order to complete the joint degree, in the final year of their Bachelor's work, students take three graduate-level courses (9-11 credits) which count toward both their undergraduate credit requirements and also toward requirements for the masters degree. Students must also take at least one summer class between the Spring of their BS graduation and the Fall in which they embark on fulltime graduate studies. This would allow students to complete course requirements for the Bachelor's and Master's degrees in five years (60 months).