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Urban Studies Program - Admissions & Requirements
 

Urban Studies Program - Admission & Degree Requirements

Admission

A student must have met the entrance requirements of the University (see Admission Requirements) to apply for this program.  To apply please visit the Online Admissions web site
 

AGRADE Program. Get graduate credit as you complete your BA!

The Urban Studies Program participates in the Accelerated Graduate Enrollment Program (AGRADE), which allows students planning both undergraduate and graduate courses of study to take up to 15 credit hours which count simultaneously toward each course of study.  An "AGRADE" applicant may apply for acceptance to the unit offering the graduate degree no earlier than the semester in which ninety (90) credits are completed. Applicants must have an overall grade point average at the cum laude level and not less than a 3.6 grade point average in the major courses already completed. For more information on the AGRADE program, click here.
 

Urban Studies Major Requirements

The requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies include twenty-one hours of core requirements, four hours of research methods, three to four hours of cognates, and ten hours of electives, for a total of thirty-eight credit hours in the major.
 

Core Requirements (21 credits)

Students must take all of the following core courses towards a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies:

U S  2000 – (SS) Introduction to Urban Studies (SOC 2500) (GPH 2000) (HIS 2000) (P S 2000): Cr. 3
US 4510 – The Urban Project (GPH 4510): Cr. 3
US 4010 – Urban Studies Capstone Research Seminar: Cr. 3
ECO 5800 – Urban and Regional Economics (UP5820): Cr. 4
(Students taking this course must first complete ECO 2010 – Principles of Microeconomics: Cr. 3-4)
GPH 3130 – Introduction to Urban Geography: Cr. 4
PS 2240 – Introduction to Urban Politics and Policy: Cr. 4
 

Research Methods Requirement (4 credits)

Students must take one of the following research methods courses towards a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies:

GPH 6420 – Quantitative Techniques: Cr. 4
CJ 4860 – Research Methods in Criminal Justice: Cr. 4
PS 3600 – Methods of Political Inquiry: Cr. 4
SOC 4200 – Methods of Social Research: Cr. 4

Cognate Requirement (3-4 Credits)
Students must take one of the following four cognate courses towards a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies:

AFS 3160 – Black Urban History (HIS 3160): Cr. 4
ANT 5060 – Urban Anthropology (SOC 5540): Cr. 3
(Students taking this course must first complete ANT 2100 – Introduction to Anthropology: Cr. 3-4)
SOC 5500 – Urban and Metropolitan Living (UP 5210): Cr. 3
SOC 5570 – Race Relations in Urban Society (AFS 5570): Cr. 3


Elective Course Requirements (10 credits)

The University offers numerous urban-related courses suitable as electives. Students must complete ten credits in urban-related electives. The following list is not exhaustive:

ANT 3110 – Detroit Minorities: Arabs, Hispanics, and African Americans: Cr. 3-4
ANT 3200 – Lost Cities and Ancient Civilizations (HIS 3200): Cr. 3
ECO 6810 – Political Economy of the Urban Ghetto (SOC 6850) (UP 6670): Cr. 3
GPH 3600 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: Cr. 4
GPH 5650 – Metropolitan Detroit (GPH 5650): Cr. 4
GPH 5700 – Urban Canada (GPH 5700) (U P 5700): Cr. 4
GPH 6150 – Internal Structure of the City (U P 5420) (GPH 6150): Cr. 4
GPH 6240 – Industrial Geography (U P 5520) (GPH 6240): Cr. 4
GPH 6280 – Marketing Geography (U P 5620) (GPH 6280): Cr. 4
GPH 6830 – Advanced GIS Applications: Cr. 4
GPH 3130 – (SS) Introductory Urban Geography: Cr. 4
HIS 2050 – United States Since 1877: Cr. 3-4
HIS 5220 – The Changing Shape of Ethnic America: Cr. 3-4
HIS 5300 – Economic History of the United States (HIS 7300): Cr. 4
HIS 5340 – History of Ancient Rome (HIS 7340): Cr. 3
HUM 1030 – (VP) Exploring the Arts in Detroit: Cr. 4
N E 3030 – Great Cities of the Near East: Cr. 3
P S 3250 – Detroit Politics: Continuity and Change in City and Suburbs (HIS 3240): Cr. 4
P S 5220 – Issues in Urban Public Policy & Management : Cr. 4
PSY 5580 – Consumer Psychology: Cr. 3
SOC 2020 – (SS) Social Problems: Cr. 3
SOC 3510 – (SS) The Nature and Impact of Population on Society: Cr. 3
SOC 5400 – The Family: Cr. 3
SOC 5570 – Race Relations in Urban Society (AFS 5570 ): Cr. 3
U P 3530 – Urban and Regional Planning (GPH 3530): Cr. 3
U P 6550 – Regional, State and Urban Economic Development: Policy and Administration (P S 6440) (ECO 6650): Cr. 3
U P 5110 – Urban Planning Process: Cr. 3-4
U P 6310 – Housing Development: Cr. 3
U P 6510 – Urban and Regional Systems (GPH 6510) (GEG 6510): Cr. 4
U P 6520 – Transportation and Planning: Cr. 4
U P 6650 – Planning and Development Law: Cr. 3
U S 6000 – Urban Studies Internship: Cr. 2-4
 

Urban Studies Minor Requirements

The requirements for a minor course of study in Urban Studies include at least three courses from the core requirements for the Urban Studies Major (see above), which must include U S 2000 – Introduction to Urban Studies.  Other than U S 2000, none of these core requirement courses can be listed or cross-listed with the students declared major course of study.

The remainder of students' 20 credits must be completed by selecting courses from the list of Urban Studies Electives, or from additional courses not included in the list but approved by the student’s faculty advisor within the Department of Geography and Urban Planning.
 

Course descriptions

Sample Plan of Work

The following table is a sample plan of work for students considering a four-year course of study leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies:

Sample Curriculum for Completing the Urban Studies Major in Four Years

 

 
Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
 
Junior Year
Senior Year
Fall Semester
UGE 1000 (1)
 US 2000 (3)
ECO 2010 (4) *
 GPH 6420 (4)
 
ENG 1020 (4)
BIO 1030 (3)
FLM 2010 (4)
SOC 5570 (3)
 
GEL 1010 (4)
ENG 2120 (4)
 AS 2010 (3)
Free Elective 2 (4)
 
SPB 1010 (2)
SPA 1020 (4)
GPH 3130 (4)
US 4510 (3) **
 
CLA 1010 (3)
 
 
 
Credits
14
14
15
14
 
 
 
 
 
Winter Semester
 PS 1010 (4)
 PS 2240 (4)
ECO 5800 (4)
 US 4010 (3)
 
CHM 1000 (4)
HIS 2050 (3)
Free Elective 1 (4)
 PS 5030 (4)
 
HIS 1400 (4)
PHI 1050 (3)
PS 3070 (4)
Free Elective 3
(3)
 
SPA 1010 (4)
SPA 1020 (4)
 PS 3250 (4)
Free Elective 4 (3)
Credits
16
14
16
13
 
 
 
 
 
Spring/Summer
 
 
US 6000 (3)
 
Total Credits
30
28
35
27

Notes:   US 4010 is the Urban Studies Capstone Research Seminar.
 US 6000 is the Urban Studies internship.

Key: 

University General Education Requirements
University and College Group Requirements
Urban Studies Major Requirements
Urban Studies Major Electives
* Prerequisite for Major Requirement
** Writing Intensive Course in Major Field 

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