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Major in Urban Studies

Urban studies is an interdisciplinary, career-focused major that focuses on the meaning of life in the city. The major provides excellent preparation for careers in city administration, environmental management, housing, law, planning, social work or transportation coordination.

Requirements for the Major
An urban studies major consists of a minimum of nine (9) courses. All majors will take at least three (3) core courses as follows:
URB 210 Cities
URB 291 Suburbia

As a Capstone, one of the following:
URB 401 Cities of the World
URB 468 Field Work
URB 421 Practical Politics
A Chicago Semester
A Washington D.C. Semester
A study abroad term with an urban studies focus

Majors are encouraged to take two (2) cognate courses:
PSY 355 or MTH 345 Statistics
SOC 423 or PSY 356 Research Methods

In addition, students should choose one of three (3) available focuses:

Public Services
Public Administration
Urban Planning

Focus course work consists of a minimum of six (6) courses as indicated below (note: only 4 or 5 focus courses are needed depending on whether one or both of Statistics and Research Methods are taken):

Public Services
For work with public or non-profit organizations take:
POL 360 Public Policy and Administration (required)

Human Needs
CJ 200 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
EDU 104 Cultural Foundations of Education in the United States
EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education
SOC 214/314 The Elderly
SOC 216/316 Society, Health and Illness
SOC 303 Introduction to Social Work
SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
SOC 310 Social Inequalities
SOC 319 Juvenile Delinquency

Management
Bus 354 Human Resource Management
BUS 355 Negotiations: Theory and Practice
BUS 454 Leadership
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 302 Urban Applications of GIS
SOC 315 Complex Organizations or BUS 453 Organizational Behavior
URB 430 Seminar: Urban Management

Other
GEO 411 Urban Geography
GEO 412 Political Geography
GEO 413 Economic Geography
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
COM 317 Persuasive Communication
ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)

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Public Administration
For work with political parties, politicians, government agencies, or law school take:
POL 202 American State and Local Government (required)
POL 300 Urban Politics (required)

Politics
POL 150 Introduction to Politics
POL 201 American Federal Government
POL 240 Public Law
POL 319 Foundations of American Political Thought
POL 360 Public Policy and Administration
POL 412 Constitutional Law

Management
BUS 354 Human Resource Management
BUS 355 Negotiations: Theory and Practice
BUS 454 Leadership
ENV 302 Environmental Problems in the Urban Environment (.50 credit)
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 302 Urban Applications of GIS
SOC 315 Complex Organizations or BUS 453 Organizational Behavior
URB 430 Seminar: Urban Management

Other
CJ 210 Policing and Society
EDU 331 Race and Equity in Education
GEO 411 Urban Geography
GEO 412 Political Geography
COM 315 Intercultural Communication
COM 317 Persuasive Communication
ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)

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Urban Planning
For work in city or regional planning take:
BUS 301 Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 302 Urban Applications of GIS
GEO 309 Introduction to Spatial Analysis
GEO 411 Urban Geography
GEO 413 Economic Geography
ICS 270 Introduction to Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
ICS 271 Intermediate Intercultural Studies (.50 credit)
SOC 304 Majority-Minority Relations
URB 420 Principles and Practices of Urban Planning (required)
URB 430 Seminar: Art and Architecture

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