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Urban Studies

Advisors: GIUFFRE, MCKENDRY

The urban studies minor is the study of human communities that have been organized into cities and conurbations. Students will examine both the history of urbanization as a radical transformation in human societies and individuals’ lives and the contemporary implications of cities for our lives on a day-to-day basis.

Minor Requirements

The urban studies minor requires a minimum of 5 units. Students have two options for completing the minor.

Option 1: Students must complete at least one unit from each of the two categories offered below. For their other two units they may take additional courses from each category OR propose additional courses to count towards the minor, to be approved by one of the minor advisors. Students are particularly encouraged to look for relevant topics courses.

Option 2: Complete the ACM Urban Studies semester in Chicago for 4 units of credit.

For their fifth unit, students following either option must complete the Integrative Experience (GS330 – Urban Investigations) under the direction of one of the advisors.

Category one: Historical (at least 1 unit; additional courses may be taken from the following list or students may propose other courses w/the consent of the minor advisors)

  • AH 111 – History of Architecture
  • HY/CL 216 – Roman History 1
  • HY226/CL 227 – Roman History 2
  • HY 261 – Formation of Islamic Societies
  • CL 222/AH 200/HY 200/CO 220 - Rome, Naples, Sicily: Crossroads of the Ancient Mediterranean (block abroad)

Category two: Contemporary (at least 1 unit; additional courses may be taken from the following list or students may propose other courses w/the consent of the minor advisors)

  • French/Italian/Arabic 329 – Paris and the Arts (block abroad)
  • SO312 – Communities and Networks
  • EV/PS 272 – Cities, Sustainability, and Environmental Justice
  • PS 316  - State and Local Government
  • EC 335 - Environmental Economics
  • ED 255 – Teaching and Learning in Urban Schools

The Integrative Experience

GS330  - Urban Investigations.  A thesis completed with the instructor’s permission (1 unit)