Florida State University

Interdisciplinary Social Science Program

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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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 http://coss.fsu.edu/durp/.for 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

Secondary concentrations in the following areas: Urban Planning
ECP 4613 Urban Economics (Prerequisite ECO2023)
GEO 4700 Transport geography
IDS 2180 Dead Cities
URP 4710 Introduction to Transportation Issues and Transportation Planning (Prerequisite: URP 3000 or instructor permission)
URP 4936 Pedestrian Communities
URP 4423 Introduction to environmental planning and resource management

Urban Studies related to Environmental Issues
URP 4404 River Basin Manag. and Planning
URP 4408 Food Systems Planning
URP 4936 (Spec. Topics)Coastal Planning
URP 4936 (Spec. Topics)Planning for Climate Change
GEO 4355 Geography of food and environment
IDS 2227 Sustainable society
GEO 4412 Environment and Gender
SYD 4510 Environmental Sociology
PUP4203 Environmental politics and policy

Urban Studies related to International or Development Planning
GEO 4603 Globalization
SYP 3454 The global justice movement
ECP 3113 Economics of population
ECS 4013 Economics of Development
ECO 4132 Economics of compassion
IDS 3336 “Great” Britain? Geography, imperialism industry and culture
INR 4075 International human rights
URP 4618 Introduction to Developing Areas
URP 4936* (Spec. Topics) International Transportation Planning
URP 4936* (Spec. Topics) Strategies for planning in Less Developed Countries

Urban Studies related to Urban Politics and Governance
PAD 4332 Strategic leadership for communities
ECO 4554 Economics of State and Local Government (Prerquisite: ECO2023)
ECP 3917 Land use, Housing and Government Regulation
PAD 4803 Local government administration
PAD 4223 Budgets and Finance in Managing Public Affairs
PAD 4414 American Public Service
POS 3142 Urban politics
GEO 4471 Political Geography
PUP 4203 Environmental politics and policy
URP 4022 Collective Decision-making (Prereq. URP3000)
URP4811MC Urbanism

Urban studies related to Urban Sociology
GEO 4404 Black Geographies
GEO 4421 Cultural Geography
SYG 1000 Introduction to Sociology
SYD 3020 Population and Society
SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations
SYG 2010 Social Problems
SYD 3020 Population and Society
URP 4618 Multicultural Urbanism