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Urban studies is an undergraduate interdisciplinary certificate program that is housed in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and is open to all students. It is designed to provide students with an education in the analysis of urban patterns, processes, and issues; provide an understanding of the economic, social, cultural, political and spatial phenomena of urban areas, and how these various aspects of urban areas developed. The certificate offers students the opportunity to supplement their studies with a focus on the problems and potentials of the urban world; and provides interdisciplinary training in order to produce a comprehensive and coherent understanding of urban life. In sum, the learning goals are:
Requirements for Urban Studies Certificate (15 credits)
Group A: Prerequisites (6 credits) Students must take both of the following:
Note: Both have prerequisites at the 100 level.
Group B: Electives (6 credits)
Students must take two of the following courses with each course from a different department.
Choose from the following:
Note: Prerequisites apply in specific departments
Group C: Practicum (3 Credits)
Students must take one course that fulfills a hands-on practical experience, such as an internship or independent study in any related department. Approval of the practicum experience by the Program Director is necessary.
Possible options include:
Other practicum courses besides those listed above might fulfill this requirement. Courses that include an experiential project concerning urban issues will be considered. Approval is needed.
Any student who can provide evidence of work experience in public, private, and non-profit organizations committed to the larger urban community might have this requirement waived (with approval). If a waiver is granted then a third course from Group B electives is required.
The Certificate will be awarded to those students completing the five certificate courses with a GPA of 2.5 or better.