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***Effective for students matriculating in the fall of 2014 and later, the Urban Studies major is under review and is not being offered at this time. The Urban Studies MINOR is still available. Please consult the department website and online catalogue for updated information.***

Urbanization and globalization are proceeding at an incredible rate. For the first time in human history, the majority of the world’s people live in cities or their suburbs. That figure is expected to rise to over 70% by the middle of this century. In the United States, the percentage of those living in cities is currently 81%. Given this, it is easy to argue that cities are the most important form of community in the world. The field of Urban Studies is devoted to studying this important phenomenon, to understanding not only how cities come to be, but why they have become so important in our lives, and what factors make them work well or poorly.

The program is multidisciplinary, and uses a variety of analytical methods to study the life and problems of cities. The primary subject areas for the major are Anthropology/Sociology, Economics, History, and Political Science. However, courses in Art and Architecture, English, Classics, Environmental and American Studies are also relevant to give perspectives on urbanization beyond those offered in the four basic departments. Urban Studies offers an interdisciplinary major and minor. All courses counting toward the major or minor must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

NOTES: (1) Any member of the program faculty noted above can serve as an adviser for the major or minor. (2) All individual programs approved by an adviser must also be approved by the program chair. (3) Some courses listed below have prerequisites (Example: all second level Sociology courses and above require SOC 100, Introductory Sociology); students wishing to take such courses must fulfill the prerequisite as specified by the department offering the course; it is the student’s responsibility to discuss all such issues with her or his adviser before completing the major or minor form.

interdisciplinary, 10 courses
BIDS 229 Two Cities: New York and Toronto; four Core Courses from four different disciplines; one methods course; and four elective courses from the core or elective list approved by an adviser in the program. One upper level (300 or higher) course must be included. The BIDS course is offered every other year.

interdisciplinary, 5 courses
BIDS 229 Two Cities: New York and Toronto; two Core Courses from two different disciplines; and two courses from different disciplines from the program list (below), one of which must be an upper level (300 or higher) course.

Introductory Courses
BIDS 229 Two Cities: New York and Toronto

Core Courses
ANTH 206 Early Cities
ECON 213 Urban Economics
HIST 215 American Urban History
HIST 264 Modern European City
POL 236 Urban Politics
SOC 251 Sociology of the City

Methods Courses
ANTH 273 Ethnographic Research and Methods
ECON 202 Statistics
SOC 211 Research Methods
SOC 212 Data Analysis

AFS 200 Ghettoscapes
ANTH 205 Race, Class and Ethnicity
ANTH 271 Jobs, Power and Capital
ANTH 297 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 326 Patterns and Processes in Ancient Mesoamerica Urbanism
ARCH 305 Environmental Design
ARCH 310 Early Modern Architecture
ARCH 311 History of Modern Architecture
ARCH 312 Theories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 313 History of Modern Landscape Architecture
ARCS 200 Design I: Basic Architectural Principles
ARCS 302 Design II: The Wider Environment
ARCS 400 Advanced Design in Architectural Studies
ARTH 101 Ancient to Medieval Art
ARTH 102 Renaissance to Modern Art
ARTH 116 World Architecture
ARTH 232 Rococo Art and Architecture
ARTH 233 Renaissance Architecture
ARTH 235 Art and Architecture of Baroque Rome
ARTH 249 Islamic Art and Architecture
ARTH 340 American Architecture to 1900
ARTS 115 Three Dimensional Design
CLAS 202 Athens in the Age of Pericles
CLAS 251 The Romans: Republic to Empire
CLAS 275 Topic: Greek and Roman Archaeology
CLAS 275 Topic: Ancient Sparta
ECON 122 Economics of Caring
ECON 135 Latin American Economics
ECON 221 Population and Society
ECON 243 The Political Economy of Race
ECON 248 Poverty and Welfare
ECON 344 Economic Development
ENG 258 19th Century English Novel
ENG 340 19th Century Architectural Novel
ENV 101 Sustainable Communities
ENV 120 Human Geography
ENV 204 The Geography of Garbage
ENV 215 Environment and Development in East Asia
HIST 237 Europe Since the War
HIST 240 Immigration and Ethnicity in America
HIST 246 American Environmental History
HIST 256 Technology and Society in Europe
HIST 310 Rise of Industrial America
HIST 311 20th Century America: 1917-1941
HIST 316 Metropolis
HIST 352 Wealth, Power, and Prestige
MDSC 303 Social Documentary
MDSC 315 Intro to Social Documentary
POL 211 Visions of the City
POL 215 Racial and Ethnic Politics
POL 222 Political Parties
POL 227 Interest Group Politics
POL 229 State and Local Government
POL 254 Globalization
POL 320 Mass Media
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
PPOL 328 Environmental Policy
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 245 Sociology of Work
SOC 262 Criminology
SOC 271 Sociology of Environmental Issues
SOC 290 Sociology of Community
SOC 325 Moral Sociology and the Good Society
SPNE 311 The Latino Experience


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