Course offerings reflect the 2023-2024. One unit of credit equals four semester hours.

.50 or 1.00 credit

See URB 401.

The history of cities from antiquity to the present. Attention is given to similarities and contrasts in the growth and history of cities. Special emphasis on development of cities in the Western hemisphere.

Examines a distinctive form of contemporary life—the suburbs. The history, organizational structures and values of suburbia. Field trips and guest lecturers provide insight into current ideas for suburban development.

This course examines the social, economic, political, governmental, and environmental dimensions of sustainable urban development. Some of the major themes explored include sustainable energy, urban planning, urban demographic trends, environmental justice, green building, urban sprawl, infrastructure, transportation, public health, global climate change, and democratic participation.

.50 or 1.00 credit

This course enables students to experience the various approaches other countries and cities utilize to meet contemporary urban concerns. Special emphasis is on government, housing, planning and transportation. An opportunity to study different cultures and societies. May be repeated for credit.

Explores the purpose, practice and theories of modern planning for the promotion of social and economic well-being. Provides a framework for understanding many urban problems. Spring Term, even-numbered years.

.50 or 1.00 credit

Involves the student directly in politics. Classroom theory is tested when the student participates in a political campaign for a candidate or political party. Every term, as needed.

Students will develop basic research techniques and work on a particular topic for an in-depth study. The course will vary in terms of topics and experience. May be repeated for credit.

.50 or 1.00 credit

The primary purpose is to give the student an opportunity to apply classroom learning to a practical work experience. Academic credit for a term of employment at 15 to 20 hours per week in a governmental agency, community organization, lawyer’s office, planning commission or public agency. Evaluation of employee by the employer and a research report by the student are required. Full-time summer study is possible. May be repeated for credit. Every term, as needed.

.50 or 1.00 credit

An independent and concentrated reading course centering around a specific problem area, a single field of specialization or a concentration on the writings of major urban thinkers. May be repeated for credit. Written permission of the instructor is required. As requested.

.50 credit

This course gives Honors Program students the opportunity to design and implement a significant research project in the field of urban studies, culminating in an appropriate public dissemination of research methods and findings. This research must build upon previous coursework taken within the major or minor, facilitating faculty supervision and guidance. Repeatable for credit. Permission of the faculty supervisor and the director of the Honors Program required prior to registration.

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