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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 courses. All majors will take at least three core courses as follows:

URB 210 Cities
URB 291 Suburbia

And as a capstone, one of the following:
URB 401 Cities of the World
URB 468 Field Work
URB 421 Practical Politics
URB 492 Independent Study
URB 495 Honors Independent Research
BID 308 The European Union and Cities: Regional Integration and Urbanization in the European Union
A Chicago Semester
A Washington, D.C., Semester
A study-abroad term with an urban studies focus

Majors are encouraged to take two 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 coursework consists of a minimum of six courses as indicated below (note: only four or five focus courses are needed depending on the inclusion of Statistics and/or Research Methods).

Public Services
For work with public or nonprofit 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
CJ/SOC 319 Juvenile Delinquency and the Justice System
SOC 408 Criminology

Management
BUS 354 Human Resource Management
BUS 355 Negotiations: Theory and Practice
BUS 454 Leadership GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 302 GIS in the Urban Environment
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 Law and Politics
POL 319 Foundations of American Political Thought
POL 360 Public Policy and Administration
POL 411 Constitutional Law I: Civil Liberties
POL 412 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights

Management
BUS 354 Human Resource Management
BUS 355 Negotiations: Theory and Practice
BUS 454 Leadership
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 302 GIS in the Urban Environment
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:
URB 420 Principles and Practices of Urban Planning (required)
BUS 301 Introduction to Logistics and Supply Chain Management
GEO 207 Introduction to Spatial Thinking
GEO 302 GIS in the Urban Environment
GEO 309 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) II: 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 430 Seminar: Art and Architecture

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