Urban and Community Studies

Chituwa Kawimbe '12 (CLAS) at the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut in Hartford, where she worked as an intern as part of the Urban Semester program.
Chituwa Kawimbe ’12 (CLAS) at the Legal Assistance Resource Center of Connecticut in Hartford, where she worked as an intern as part of the Urban Semester program.

Course descriptions

The undergraduate major in Urban and Community Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on educating citizens on the multiple dimensions of urban and community life and preparing students for careers in public and community service as well as graduate study in social work, public administration, law, planning, public health, or other related areas.

The major has three parts. First, students receive a broad education in the study of cities, suburbs, neighborhoods and communities through core courses in three fields drawn from Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Public Policy, Sociology, and Urban and Community Studies. Second, students acquire a solid foundation in analytical techniques such as statistical analysis, survey research, geographic information systems, qualitative methods, or archival research. Finally, students take additional electives in order to broaden their academic training or to develop a deeper specialization in selected areas.

Requirements of the major

  1. URBN 2000, 4000/W
  2. Three of the following with no more than one per department (crosslisted courses count towards the non-URBN department): ECON 2439, 2456; GEOG/URBN 3200; GEOG 2000, 2400, 4210; HIST/URBN 3541; HIST 3554; HIST/AFRA 3564; HIST 3674/LLAS 3220; POLS 3842 or PP 3031; POLS/URBN 3632/W; PP 4034; SOCI 3901/URBN 3275; SOCI 3425; 3911; URBN 3000.
  3. One of the following: ECON 2327; GEOG 2500, 3500Q; POLS 2072Q; PP/URBN 2100; PP 3010; SOCI 3201; STAT 2215Q; URBN 2301Q, 2302.
  4. Two additional courses selected from Group 2, Group 3, or the following list:

In order to assure a breadth of experience, students are encouraged to take courses which include content in each of the following areas: change over time, structural and spatial dimensions, diversity, power and decision-making, and political and social processes. One unique option for students is to enroll in the 15 credit Urban Semester Program, which provides major credit for two courses: INTD 3584 and 3594.

Students interested in pursuing a program in Urban and Community Studies are advised to complete 1000-level courses in the social sciences which may be prerequisites for courses in Urban and Community Studies. These include, but are not limited to: GEOG/URBN 1200; ECON 1201; POLS 1602; PP 1001; SOCI 1001, 1251; STAT 1000Q/1100Q; and URBN 1300W. They should also plan on enrolling in URBN 2000 as soon as possible.

The writing within the major requirement can be met by taking any of the following courses: ECON 2328W; GEOG 4200W; HIST/URBN 3541W; POLS/URBN 3632W; PP 3020W; SOCI 3429W; SOCI 3459W/HDFS 3240W; SOCI 3521W, 3601W; SOCI 3901W/URBN 3275W; SOCI 3903W/URBN 3276W; SOCI 3907W; URBN 2000W, 4000W; or any 2000-level or above W course approved for this major. Students should be aware, however, that availability of specific W courses varies by campus. The information literacy requirements are met by successfully completing URBN 2000.

A minor in Urban and Community Studies is described in the Minors section.


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