Urban Studies Certificate

Urban studies is an undergraduate interdisciplinary certificate program that is open to all students. It is designed to provide you with an education in the analysis of urban patterns, processes, and issues; and to provide you with 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 you the opportunity to supplement your 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. 

Learning goals are

  • Gain knowledge of the dynamics of city patterns and urban life.
  • Learn to engage in reasoned response to changing urban problems and policies.
  • Develop professional and civic involvement skills to improve the quality of urban life.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of applied research practices and apply them to help the local communities. 

Required Core Course (3 credits)

Urban Geography  |  GEOG 360 |  3 credits

Focuses on characteristics of urban regions. Analysis of the factors that determine urban development as well as patterns within urban areas. Transportation and housing issues.  Ethnic neighborhoods and urban government. Urban planning models and practices are introduced to study urban problems like poverty, congestion, crime and infrastructure.

Urbanism and Urbanization  |  SOCA 355 |  3 credits
Examines the effects of major historical, economic, political, and architectural trends on class compositions of cities.

To earn the urban studies certificate, student must complete the certificate courses with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

Select two elective courses from the selection below (6 credits)

Introduction to Population Studies  |  SOCA 358  |  3 credits
Elucidates population size, composition and processes of migration, including social and economic determinants of demographic changes and their effects upon social organization.     

Economics of Urban Problems  |  ECON 304  |  3 credits   
Applies tools of economic analysis to selected urban problems including housing, urban renewal and development, transportation, pollution, poverty, crime, and the financing of urban services

Political Geography  |  GEOG 340  |  3 credits 
Elucidates theoretical perspectives on deviant behavior which traces the development of how deviance is defined, explained and controlled.  

Geography of Transportation  |  GEOG 375  |  3 credits   
The significance of transportation within the modern world. Geographic analysis of transportation systems with emphasis on networks, costs, new technologies, commodity flows, traffic patterns, impacts on development, the different modes, and transportation problems.

Mayhem and the Metropolis  |  HIST 325  |  3 credits 
Investigates the health status of populations and the social, political, economic, and environmental factors that influence health, disease, and illness in populations. Focuses on historical patterns, current challenges, and alternatives for future change.      

The Urbanization of the United States  |  HIST 341  |  3 credits   
Analyzes the evolution of urban places and cities in the United States from a network of tiny colonial outposts to a complex system of consolidated metropolitan statistical areas, as well as the impact that the historical process of urbanization has had upon other aspects of national development.

Institutional Racism in America  |  SOCA 323  |  3 credits    
Examines racism within various institutions such as public government bodies, private businesses, and universities. Outlines political, social, ecological and economic effects of racism.   

Migration and Immigration  |  SOCA 362  |  3 credits 
Examines migration and immigration as major processes of change in the United States and internationally, focusing on communities, social networks, and work activities of migrants. 

Formal Organization  |  SOCA 373  |  3 credits 
Examines fundamental issues concerning social organization, includes theories and research methods for analyzing organizations; individuals and groups in organizations; organizational structure; communication, leadership, and decision-making; and organizational change and effectiveness.

Society and Environment  |  SOCA 379  |  3 credits 
Examines environmental philosophies, movements, attitudes, and issues from a sociological perspective. Considers a diverse, multicultural array of approaches.

To earn the urban studies certificate, student must complete the certificate courses with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

A practicum is required for this certificate. 
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

Internship in Sociology  |  SOCA 492   |  3 credits 
Provides opportunity for community work experience with emphasis on job preparation skills, i.e., resume writing, networking, interviewing.

Anthropology Fieldwork  |  ANTH 494  |  3 credits 
Practical application of geographic concepts, methods, and technologies. By working in planning agencies, GIS departments, environmental organizations, other private or public units, students gain real-world experience.

Internship in Geography  |  GEOG 494   |  3 credits 
Practical application of geographic concepts, methods, and technologies. By working in planning agencies, GIS departments, environmental organizations, other private or public units, students gain real-world experience. 

Poverty in American History  |  HIST 336   |  3 credits 
Explores the problem of poverty in American history, emphasizing the experiences of poor Americans, the evolution of explanations of poverty, and how Americans have confronted the issue. 

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.

To earn the urban studies certificate, student must complete the certificate courses with a GPA of 2.5 or better.

PROGRAM CONTACT INFO

Laura Khoury | 262-595-2590 | khoury@uwp.edu

Faculty Highlights

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    Mita Banerjee
    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Mita Banerjee is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology department. She teaches courses in Sociology of Education, Statistics, and Research Methods. Her current research interest lies in gaining insight into factors that motivate and deter first generation and under prepared students in choosing online courses and the areas of improvement necessary to enhance their online learning experience. Additionally, she is interested in investigating the role of unequal access to health care in exacerbating social inequalities in well-being.

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    Laura Khoury
    Professor of Sociology

    Laura Khoury is a Professor of Sociology, Department Chair, Director of Center of Ethnic Studies, and Director of Urban Studies Certificate. She is the Chief Editor for Sociological Imagination (refereed Journal). She received the prestigious William H Sewell Awardin outstanding scholarship (2017/2018), Women of Color in Education Awardin 2018, UW-Parkside Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Awardin 201, and Latino Studies Section Article Award (LASA) in 2009. Her research falls in both areas: minorities (surveillance) and development (subaltern studies and urban refugees). 

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