Urban Studies Major

Requirements for Concentration:

1) 14 units, including URBS 100 - Introduction to Urban Studies, URBS 200 - Urban Theory, and the seminar on URBS 303 - Advanced Debates in Urban Studies.

2) One unit of Research Methods appropriate to the student’s concentration in Urban Studies, chosen from ANTH 245, ART 102-ART 103, ART 176/ART 276/ART 375, ECON 209, GEOG 220/GEOG 224/GEOG 230, MATH 141, POLI 207, PSYC 200, or SOCI 254.

3) Urban Studies Cluster. Two units at the 200-level, originating in Urban Studies or cross-listed with Urban Studies (not including fieldwork or independent study). Additional Urban Studies courses may comprise one of the 3-course (multi)disciplinary clusters below.

4) Two 3-course (multi)disciplinary clusters, comprised of two 200-level and one 300-level courses drawn from distinct fields. One cluster may focus on additional courses in Urban Studies. Other clusters might include such disciplines as Art or Architecture, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, and Sociology, or other multidisciplinary concentrations such as Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and Women’s Studies.

5) One unit of fieldwork (URBS 290).

6) Senior Thesis. A one unit, two-semester thesis must be completed to be considered for honors in Urban Studies. Majors will have the option of taking one additional 300-level course, instead of the senior thesis, in the disciplinary concentration or in Urban Studies.

Recommendations for the Major:

1) Foreign Language. Competency through the third year college level, as demonstrated by completion of the relevant courses or examination.

2) Structured Study Away Experience. This is especially recommended for those who are interested in architecture and/or global, historical and comparative issues, and area studies.

3) Outside of Major Course work. This includes Introduction to Macroeconomics and Introduction to Microeconomics, study of aesthetics, ethics and social and political philosophy, and study of theories of confrontation and liberation, concentrating on class movements, critical race theory, anti-racism, feminist theory, queer theory and environmental theory.