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

This specialization provides an opportunity for students to acquire an understanding of public affairs with an emphasis on urban studies. The program is designed to give an urban studies background that is attractive to many employers, particularly in local government. It 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 can be useful in the Dual Enrollment Bachelor’s / Matsers program with the Masters 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 Masters of Science in Planning and the combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree.

The interdisciplinary specialization in Urban Studies consists of primary and secondary areas of study. The requirements for a full urban studies concentration are flexible.

For the primary specialization, students must complete a primary concentration of 18 hours from the courses listed below.  See, also, the options for secondary specializations. 

Urban Studies Primary (18 credits)

ECP 3617 Land use, housing and government regulation

GEO 4602 Urban Geography

POS 3142 Urban Politics

SYD 3600 Cities in Society

URS 1006 World Cities

URP 3000 Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning

URP 4741 Introduction to issues in housing and community development

Students may add a Secondary concentration of 4 classes in any of the following areas:

Urban Planning

ECP 4613 Urban Economics (Prerequisite ECO2023)

GEO 4700 Transport geography

IDS 2180 Dead Cities

URP 4423 Introduction to environmental planning and resource management

URP 4710 Introduction to Transportation Issues and Transportation Planning (Prerequisite: URP 3000 or instructor permission)

URP 4715 Bike and Pedestrian Planning

Urban Studies related to Environmental Issues

GEO 4355 Geography of food and environment

GEO 4412 Environment and Gender

IDS 2227 Sustainable society

PUP 4203 Environmental politics and policy

SYD 4510 Environmental Sociology

URP3527 Green Global Health

URP4402 Sustainable Development Planning in the Americas

URP 4404 River Basin Managing and Planning

URP 4408 Food Systems Planning

URP4423  Introduction to Environmental Planning and Resource Management

URP5422 Coastal Planning (available with instructor’s approval)

URP5445 Climate Change and Community Resilience (available with instructor’s approval)

Urban Studies related to International or Development Planning

ECO 4132 Economics of compassion

ECP 3113 Economics of population

ECS 4013 Economics of Development

GEO 4603 Globalization

INR 4075 International human rights

IDS 3336 “Great” Britain? Geography, imperialism industry and culture

URP 4612 Strategies for Urban & Regional Planning in Less Developed Countries

URP 4618 Introduction to Planning for Developing Areas

URP 5355 International Transportation Planning (available with instructor’s approval)

Urban Studies related to Urban Politics and Governance

ECO 4554 Economics of State and Local Government (Prerequisite: ECO2023)

ECP 3917 Land use, Housing and Government Regulation

GEO 4471 Political Geography

PAD 4223 Budgets and Finance in Managing Public Affairs

POS 3142 Urban politics

PUP 4203 Environmental politics and policy

URP 4022 Collective Decision-making (Prerequisite URP3000)

URP 4811 Multicultural Urbanism

Urban studies related to Urban Sociology

GEO 4404 Black Geographies

GEO 4421 Cultural Geography

SYD 3020 Population and Society

SYD 4700 Race and Minority Group Relations

SYG 1000 Introduction to Sociology

SYG 2010 Social Problems

URP 4618 Multicultural Urbanism