The Undergraduate Minor in Urban Studies provides undergraduates with an opportunity to pursue their love of cities and communities and to study urban issues in depth. Students can select from a rich variety of courses that examine the interplay among the different groups occupying the urban space, the problems they confront, their struggle for recognition and power, and the forces shaping the physical terrain they inhabit. Students can pursue interests in urban history, urban design, neighborhood revitalization, economic development, social movements, and world urbanization.
The Minor offers a good foundation for students contemplating graduate work in urban planning, environmental policy, public administration, public policy, law, or social work. It also can be an intellectually exciting focus for interdisciplinary exploration, because understanding urban phenomena requires synthesizing knowledge from a broad range of the social sciences and humanities.
- Five courses from at least three different departments among the following: Anthropology, Art History, Child Development, Community Health, Economics, Education, History, Sociology, Political Science, and UEP. See a complete brochure of Urban Studies Minor below for the list of courses.
- The completion of an Urban Studies Minor capstone project that integrates the knowledge and methods of the relevant disciplines. Depending on the topic, the project can be a research paper, an oral presentation, a video, a photographic exhibit, a fictional narrative, or other forms of study.
- After declaring a major, the interested student must complete the Declaration of Urban Studies Minor Form and obtain signatures from the Urban Studies Minor coordinator. The original signed copy must be brought to UEP. The student also should keep a copy for their own records. Note: Student Services does not need a copy of the Declaration of Urban Studies Minor Form.
- The Urban Studies Minor requires the completion of five courses from at least three different departments. The courses are generally drawn from the list presented. It is the student's responsibility to consult with the Urban Studies Minor coordinator about other eligible courses.
- The completion of an Urban Studies Minor capstone project also is required. It is the student's responsibility to select a project committee, in consultation with the Urban Studies Minor coordinator. The committee will consist of two faculty members, one of whom will serve as the project director.
- The project will be given one-half or one course credit under a UEP195 designation and will receive a letter grade. The student signs up for this via the Student Services One-On-One Course Form with their project director as the instructor at the beginning of the semester in which they will complete the project work.
- After completing all required coursework and capstone project, the student must complete the Urban Studies Minor Certification Form and obtain signatures and grades from advisors. The original signed copy must be brought to UEP. The student also should make a copy for their own records. UEP will submit a copy of the completed Urban Studies Minor Certification Form to Student Services on the student's behalf. It is the student's responsibility to deliver this form to UEP within the last week of classes, in order to receive credit for the Minor.
Students interested in the Urban Studies Minor should contact the program coordinator:
Weiping Wu, Professor
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
97 Talbot Avenue
Download a complete brochure for the Urban Studies Minor here