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Laurence E. Goss, Coordinator
The Urban Studies minor offers students an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the urban setting. Faculty members from a wide variety of disciplines within the social sciences and humanities assist students in examining how cities have evolved through time, identifying problems and opportunities associated with urban life, and exploring strategies for the reconstruction of the contemporary city. Although the primary focus is on urban affairs, considerable attention is also devoted to suburban topics in many courses.
The Urban Studies minor also aims to enhance student’s qualifications for employment in such fields as urban and regional planning, state and local government, law and public policy, business, social work, criminal justice and housing and community development. In addition, the minor provides valuable preparation for graduate work in a number of urban studies disciplines such as geography, history, political science and sociology.
Students who choose to minor in Urban Studies will be required to complete two core courses and four elective courses from at least two of the categories listed below.