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Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

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Undergraduate Major in Social Sciences with an Emphasis on Urban Studies

The Social Science Interdisciplinary Program provides an opportunity for students to acquire a broad background for understanding public affairs with emphasis on urban studies. The program is designed to give an urban studies background that is attractive to many employers, particularly in local government. The program also provides an excellent background for students interested in graduate work in urban and regional planning, public administration, or sociology.
A specialization in Urban Studies is a good preparation for the Master of Science in Planning program through the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Students interested in pursuing graduate work should visit more information about the Master’s of Science in Planning and the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree.

Students must complete a primary concentration of 18 hours from the courses listed below.

  • Urban Studies Primary (18 credits)
    URS1006 World Cities
    URP3000 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
    GEO4602 Urban Geography
    POS3142 Urban Politics
    SYD3600 Cities in Society
    ECP3617 Land use, housing and government regulation
    URP4741 Introduction to issues in housing and community development
  • Students must complete at least 1 secondary concentration of 12 credits plus 12 credits or remaining coursework. Students may also choose to complete 2 secondary concentrations. The required course, ISS4304 can be applied to any secondary concentration or the Remainder.

  • Secondary concentrations in the following areas:

    Urban Planning
    URP 4022 Collective Decision Making
    URP 4710 Introduction to Transportation Issues and Transportation Planning (Prerequisite: URP 3000 or instructor permission)
    URP4936 Pedestrian Communities
    URP4402 Sustainable development planning in the Americas
    URP4936 Tourism Planning
    URP4423 Introduction to environmental planning and resource management
    GEO4700 Transport geography

    Urban Studies related to Environmental Issues
    URP4423 Introduction to environmental planning and resource management
    URP 4318 Introduction to Growth Management and Comprehensive Planning (Prerequisite: URP 3000)
    URP4402 Sustainable development planning in the Americas
    GEO4355 Geography of food and environment
    IFS2012 Sustainable society
    GEO4412 Environment and Gender
    SYD Environmental Sociology
    PUP4203 Environmental politics and policy

    Urban Studies related to International or Development Planning
    URS1006 World Cities: Quality of life
    URP4618 Introduction to developing areas
    GEO4603 Globalization
    SYP3454 The global justice movement
    ECP Economics of population
    ECP4613 Urban economics
    ECO4132 Economics of compassion
    IF2077 “Great” Britain? Geography, imperialism industry and culture
    INR4075 International human rights

    Urban Studies related to urban politics and governance
    PAD4332 Strategic leadership for communities
    ECO4554 Economics of State and Local Government (Prerequisite: ECO2023)
    PAD4803 Local government administration
    PAD 4223 Budgets and Finance in Managing Public Affairs
    PAD 4414 American Public Service
    POS3142 Urban politics
    GEO4471 Political Geography
    PUP4203 Environmental politics and policy

    Urban studies related to urban sociology
    SYG1000 Introduction to Sociology
    SYD3020 Population and society
    URP4618 Multicultural urbanism
    SYD4700 Race and minority group relations
    SYG 1000 Introductory Sociology
    SYG 2010 Social Problems
    SYD3020 Population and society