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  • Urban Studies

    The goal of the Urban Studies Department 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 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, nonprofit 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:

    • UR 101 Introduction to Urban Studies
    • UR 212 American Metropolitan Evolution or UR 301 Cities and Suburbs
    • UR 213 Human Identity and the Urban Environment
    • UR 320 Human Needs and Social Policy
    • UR 401 Research Seminar in Urban Studies/Capstone

    Students are encouraged to take community-based experiential courses, including practicums and internships. These course credits may not exceed a total of 12, 3 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 from the 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:

    • UR 201 Analysis of Urban Systems
    • UR 310 Power, Politics, and Decision-Making in Urban Communities
    • UR 311 Community Politics and Policies
    • UR 340 Urban Housing Dilemma
    • UR 360 Environmental Systems and Public Policy
    • UR 361 Public Policy and Environmental Issues
    • UR 370 Structure and Function of Urban Organizations
    • UR 380 Public Policy and Cultural Diversity
    • UR 430 Seminar in Current Urban Problems

    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:

    • UR 305 Group Conflict in the Urban Community
    • UR 306 Interviewing and Counseling Techniques
    • UR 321 Social Work in Urban Society
    • UR 325 Social Casework in the Urban Setting
    • UR 341 Urban Health and Social Policy
    • UR 350 Urban Youth in American Society
    • UR 351 Public Policy and Youth Services
    • UR 380 Public Policy and Cultural Diversity

    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:

    • UR 202 Aging and Metropolitan Society
    • UR 216 Women and Aging
    • UR 321 Social Work in Urban Society
    • UR 344 A Society for All Ages
    • UR 350 Urban Youth in American Society
    • UR 351 Public Policy and Youth Services
    • UR 352 Public Policy for an Aging Society

    Requirements for a Major in Urban Studies with a Concentration in Gerontology
    The required courses for the major:

    • PS 322 Psychology of Aging

    and 3 of the following:

    • UR 202 Aging in Metropolitan Society
    • UR 216 Women and Aging in the Urban Environment
    • UR 341 Urban Health and Social Policy
    • UR 352 Policy Planning for an Aging Society Aging Policy for a Third Age (offered as part of the Consortium Gerontology Studies Program) 

    Requirements for a Minor: 18 credits including:

    • UR 101 Introduction to Urban Studies
    • UR 212 American Metropolitan Evolution
    • UR 213 Human Identity and the Urban Environment
    • Three additional UR 300-level courses

    Requirements for a Minor in Intergenerational Studies and Community Service
    Choose 6 of the following for 18 credits:

    • UR 101 Introduction to Urban Studies
    • UR 320 Human Needs and Social Policy
    • UR 344 A Society for All Ages: Intergenerational Community Service
    • UR 400 Practicum in Urban Studies
    • UR 216 Women and Aging or UR 202 Aging and Metropolitan Society
    • UR 350 Urban Youth in American Society or UR 351 Public Policy and Youth Services

    4+1 Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies / Master of Science in Nonprofit Management
    Through a combined 5-year Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies/Master of Science in Nonprofit Management program of studies, it is possible for motivated full-time students who are urban studies majors to complete a 5-year program leading to both a bachelor's degree in urban studies and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management. Urban studies minors may qualify for the program as well.

    Students who have completed 90 undergraduate credits may apply for admission into the special 5-year BS/MS program if they have an overall GPA of not less than 3.0 and a major GPA of not less than 3.2.5. Students also are required to 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 other requirements for admission to the M.S. in Nonprofit Management. The GRE 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 3 graduate-level courses (9-11 credits) that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. These graduate credits are included in the undergraduate tuition of full-time state supported students. Students also must take at least 1 summer class between the spring of their B.S. graduation and the fall in which they embark on full-time graduate studies. Taking the graduate credits as an undergraduate and the summer class allows students to complete course requirements for the bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years (60 months). For more details, students should consult with the graduate coordinator of the program or visit the M.S in Nonprofit Management web page.

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