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Undergraduate Curriculum

Campus scenes, Fall 2015, Photo Patrick Sweeney

Our applied undergraduate degree values a strong set of core classes and then offers students a flexible menu of electives and practical tools and strategies that align with a diverse set of career and civic paths. Students actively participate in experiential learning as part of their coursework through service learning, undergraduate applied research, urban field school, and internships. We believe that the best education connects what you learn in the classroom with what happens in the real world of public service.

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*See degree checklist for university requirements and elective requirements.

Here’s our core curriculum:

Introductory Seminar
URBAN 200: The Urban Metropolis
Central Content Areas
URBAN 300: Urban Infrastructure
SOC 425: Urban Sociology
ECON 432: Urban Economics
POLS 404: Urban Politics

Select 3 credits from Applied Research, Tools and Strategies
URBAN 240:Urban Data and Community Evaluation

Choose 3 credits from the following Urban Tools and Strategies courses:
URBAN 340 Public Participation and Civic Engagement
URBAN 341 Grant and Proposal Development
URBAN 342 Survey Design
URBAN 343 Public/Private Partnerships
URBAN 344 Public Finance and Budgeting
URBAN 345 Data Visualization
URBAN 346 Community Development Strategies
URBAN 347 Real Estate Development
URBAN 348 Historic Preservation
URBAN 349 Leadership in Community Development
URBAN 350 Greening Strategies for the City

Experiential Learning
Service learning in URBAN 200 above
URBAN 493 Internship or URBAN 496 Independent Study
URBAN 491 Project Seminar
URBAN 492 Capstone

Select 5 courses from urban and community development electives:
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CJ 102 Introduction to Police
COMM 160 Communication and Culture
COMM 361 Organizational Communication*
COMM 435 Collaboration and Facilitation*
DISPUT 390 Conflict Management
DISPUT 401 Negotiation
ECON 474 Sustainability and Economic Policy*
HIST 102 Western Civilization
HLTHST 102 Global Environmental Health
HLTHST 304 Public Health
GEOG 360 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
POLS 409 Environmental Politics
SOC 305 Racial and Cultural Minorities*
SOC 312 Population Demography
SOC 403 Social Change
SOC 421 Social Inequality
SOC 426 Rural Sociology
SOC 421 Social Inequality
SOC 481 Sociology of Gender and Aging
URBAN 221 The City in Film
URBAN 260 Community Development Theory and Practice
URBAN 370 Urban Economic Development Policy and Practice
URBAN 371 The Urban West
URBAN 390 Urban Inequality
URBAN 410 Sustainable Cities
URBAN 420 Public Space and Placemaking
URBAN 297/497 Special Topics
URBAN 498/499 Seminar