Twin Cities campus
 
Twin Cities Campus

Urban Studies B.S.

Geography, Environment, Society
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 44 to 48
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
This cross-disciplinary major involves urban studies coursework, fieldwork experiences, internships, and coursework in disciplines that offer useful perspectives on contemporary urban and postindustrial society. The program focuses on the conceptual and analytical frameworks and specialized skills needed for professions focused on urban change or development. Students completing the program work in public agencies or private business or pursue graduate study in urban planning, law, social welfare, public affairs, or the social and environmental sciences. Students are encouraged to incorporate field study into the major or minor. Options include urban studies programs sponsored by the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA) in South America, Norway, and Minneapolis-St. Paul.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Major Courses
URBS 1001W - Introduction to Urban Studies: The Complexity of Metropolitan Life [WI] (3.0 cr)
Take 8 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· URBS 3201 - Urban Studies Colloquium (1.0 cr)
· URBS 3202 - Urban Studies Colloquium (1.0 cr)
· Take 6 or more credit(s) from the following:
· URBS 3500 - Urban Studies Workshop (3.0 cr)
Skills and Methods Courses
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· EPSY 5261 - Introductory Statistical Methods (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3511 - Principles of Cartography (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3531 - Numerical Spatial Analysis (4.0 cr)
· PA 5031 - Empirical Analysis I (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3001W - Introduction to Research Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3801 - Sociological Research Methods (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3811 - Basic Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· STAT 3021 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· GEOG 3561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 5511 - Principles of Cartography (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5562 - Geographic Information Science and Analytical Cartography (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5563 - Advanced Geographic Information Science (3.0 cr)
· STAT 3022 - Data Analysis (4.0 cr)
· STAT 4101 - Theory of Statistics I (4.0 cr)
· STAT 4102 - Theory of Statistics II (4.0 cr)
· STAT 5021 - Statistical Analysis (4.0 cr)
· STAT 5201 - Sampling Methodology in Finite Populations (3.0 cr)
· STAT 5401 - Applied Multivariate Methods (3.0 cr)
· STAT 5421 - Analysis of Categorical Data (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 - 2 course(s) from the following:
·   {Inactive} ( cr)
· CE 3101 - Computer Applications in Civil Engineering I (3.0 cr)
· HSG 5464 - Understanding Housing: Assessment and Analysis (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5564 - Urban Geographic Information Science and Analysis (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5588 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3001 - Public History (4.0 cr)
· HIST 5011 - Measuring the Past: Quantitative Methods for Historical Research (4.0 cr)
· PA 5022 - Economics For Policy Analysis and Planning II (1.5-3.0 cr)
· PA 5271 - Geographic Information Systems: Applications in Planning and Policy Analysis (3.0 cr)
· POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
· Take 0 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· AFRO 5551 - Methods: Use of Oral Traditions as Resources for History (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5563 - Advanced Geographic Information Science (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5565 - Geographical Analysis of Human-Environment Systems (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5701 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 5101 - Feminist Approaches to Ethnography (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3001 - Public History (4.0 cr)
· MKTG 3010 - Marketing Research (4.0 cr)
· PA 4101 - Nonprofit Management and Governance (3.0 cr)
· PA 5035 - Survey Research and Data Collection (1.5 cr)
· PA 5111 - Financing Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3.0 cr)
· PA 5112 - Public Budgeting (3.0 cr)
· PA 5221 - Private Sector Development (3.0 cr)
· PA 5253 - Designing Planning and Participation Processes (3.0 cr)
· PA 5511 - Community Economic Development (3.0 cr)
· PA 5521 - Development Planning and Policy Analysis (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 4573W - Writing Proposals and Grant Management [WI] (3.0 cr)
Urban Form and Society Courses
This is Track A.
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· AFRO 4013 - Cities in Africa: African, Islamic, European Traditions (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3412 - Architectural History Since 1750 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4445W - Suburbia [WI] (3.0 cr)
· CSCL 5256W - Suburbia [WI] (3.0 cr)
· HSG 2463 - Housing and Community Development (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3371W - Cities, Citizens, and Communities [DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3373 - Changing Form of the City [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3605W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3973 - Geography of the Twin Cities [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5371W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 5605W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3479 - History of Chinese Cities and Urban Life (3.0-4.0 cr)
· HIST 3703W {Inactive} [WI] (3.0 cr)
Urban Studies Internship and Senior Paper
Students planning to complete their degree requirements at the end of fall semester should take URBS 3993 in place of URBS 3955W to complete the senior paper requirement.
URBS 3900 - Urban Studies Internship Seminar (2.0 cr)
URBS 3955W - Senior Paper Seminar [WI] (2.0 cr)
Urban Studies Concentrations
Social and Cultural Analysis of Urban Life
This is Track B.
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· AFRO 3072 - Racism: Social and Psychological Consequences for Black Americans (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 4231 - The Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, and Chicanos in the United States (3.0 cr)
· AFRO 5910 - Topics in African American and African Studies (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4231 - The Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, and Chicanos in the United States (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4511 - American Indian Political Economy (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 4231 - The Color of Public Policy: African Americans, American Indians, and Chicanos in the United States (3.0 cr)
· CHIC 4275 - Theory in Action: Community Engagement in a Social Justice Framework [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3451W - Intercultural Communication: Theory and Practice [WI] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 5451W - Intercultural Communication Processes [WI] (3.0 cr)
· HSG 4467W - Housing and the Social Environment [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3374W - The City in Film [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
· GEOG 3375 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5374W - The City in Film [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GWSS 4502 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 5404 - Working Class Women's Cultures (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3821 - United States in the 20th Century to 1945 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3822 - United States in the 20th Century Since 1945 (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3851 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3852 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3865 - African American History, 1865 to Present (3.0-4.0 cr)
· HIST 3872 - American Indian History: 1830 to the Present [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· PA 5290 - Topics in Planning (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PA 5401 - Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5601 - Global Survey of Gender and Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3201 - Introduction to Social Psychology (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3451W - Cities & Social Change [WI] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4108 - Current Issues in Crime Control (3.0 cr)
· SW 3101 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· SW 5101 - Historical Origins and Contemporary Policies and Programs in Social Welfare (3.0-4.0 cr)
· URBS 3301W - American Cities As Settings for Cultural Diversity [WI] (3.0 cr)
-OR-
Urban Political Economy
This is Track C.
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· APEC 3611W - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics [ENV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· APEC 5321 - Regional Economic Analysis (3.0 cr)
· APEC 5341 - Public Finance (3.0 cr)
· APEC 5611 - Economic Aspects of Environmental Management (3.0 cr)
· HSG 5463 - Housing Policy (3.0 cr)
· ECON 3501 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4621H - Honors Course: Urban Economics (4.0 cr)
· ECON 4623 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4821 - Public Economics (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3331 - Geography of the World Economy [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3361W - Geography and Public Policy [WI] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5361 - Geography and Real Estate (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3841 - American Business History (3.0 cr)
· PA 4200 - Urban and Regional Planning (3.0 cr)
· PA 5004 - Introduction to Planning (3.0 cr)
· PA 5013 - Law and Urban Land Use (1.5 cr)
· PA 5211 - Land Use Planning (3.0 cr)
· PA 5221 - Private Sector Development (3.0 cr)
· PA 5261 - Housing Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5290 - Topics in Planning (1.0-4.0 cr)
· PA 5421 - Racial Inequality and Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· PA 5511 - Community Economic Development (3.0 cr)
· POL 3477 - Political Development [SOCS, GP] (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· URBS 3771 - Fundamentals of Transit (3.0 cr)
-OR-
Urban Infrastructure and Environment
This is Track D.
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· APEC 3611W - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics [ENV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 3711W - Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context [SOCS, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4671 - Historic Preservation (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 4701W - Introduction to Urban Form and Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 5672 - Historic Building Conservation (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 5673 - Historic Property Research and Documentation (3.0 cr)
· ARCH 5711 - Theory and Principles of Urban Design (3.0 cr)
· CE 3201 - Transportation Engineering (3.0 cr)
· CE 5211 - Traffic Engineering (3.0 cr)
· CE 5212 - Transportation Policy, Planning, and Deployment (4.0 cr)
· ECON 3611 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3011W - Ethics in Natural Resources [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3245 - Sustainable Land Use Planning and Policy [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5372W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
· LA 3501 - Environmental Design and Its Biological and Physical Context [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· PA 5013 - Law and Urban Land Use (1.5 cr)
· PA 5212 - Managing Urban Growth and Change (3.0 cr)
· PA 5231 - Transit Planning and Management (3.0 cr)
· PA 5722 - Environmental and Resource Economics Policy (3.0 cr)
· URBS 3751 - Understanding the Urban Environment [ENV] (3.0 cr)
· URBS 3771 - Fundamentals of Transit (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: http://www.honors.umn.edu/academics/curriculum/dept_courses_current.html Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
 
More program views..
View college catalog(s):
· College of Liberal Arts

View future requirement(s):
· Spring 2014
· Fall 2012

View sample plan(s):
· Urban Studies B.S.

View checkpoint chart:
· Urban Studies B.S.
View PDF Version:
Search.
Search Programs

Search University Catalogs
Related links.

College of Liberal Arts

TC Undergraduate Admissions

TC Undergraduate Application

One Stop
for tuition, course registration, financial aid, academic calendars, and more