Urban Studies Program Information

The Urban Studies Program is an undergraduate interdisciplinary course of study leading to a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies. The program also offers a minor course of study in the field. 


To learn if a BA in Urban Studies is for you, view an informational brochure.

The Urban Studies program is flexible enough to serve a wide variety of student needs and interests. The "urban" in Urban Studies includes learning about suburban and exurban issues as well as studying the structure, condition and future of the central city.  That is, students explore the spatial patterning of metropolitan systems as well as the inner-life of individual cities. Classes examine cities and their regions in historical context and in an international and comparative manner.  Students will examine economic, political and cultural concerns, and explore practical solutions to current urban problems.  As a highly interdisciplinary program, students are required to take courses in at least five separate disciplines, but may, with elective requirements, take courses in many more disciplines.

The Urban Studies degree prepares students for:

  • advanced training in traditional academic disciplines, or professional activities with an urban orientation
  • advanced training in specialized academic disciplines with urban foci, including law, public administration, and urban planning
  • the wide variety of vocations present in an urban setting
  • citizenship in an urban world

View a program brochure to learn more about the Urban Studies curriculum, and a list of required courses and electives.



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 26 hours of core requirements, 3-4 hours of research methods, and 5-6 hours of electives, for a total of 35 credit hours in the major.

Core Requirements (26 credits)

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

US 2000 – (SS) Introduction to Urban Studies (GPH 2000, HIS 2000, PS 2000): Cr. 4
US 4510 – Cities and Regions (GPH 4510): Cr. 3
US 4620 – Urban Studies Senior Capstone Research: Cr. 3
UP 5820 – Urban and Regional Economics (ECO 5800): Cr. 4 (Students taking this course must first complete ECO 2010, Principles of Microeconomics: Cr. 3-4) 
GPH 3130 – Introductory Urban Geography: Cr. 4
GPH 3600 -- Introduction to Geographic Information Systems: Cr 4
PS 2240 – Introduction to Urban Politics and Policy: Cr. 4
Research Methods Requirement (3-4 credits)
Students must take one of the following research methods courses towards a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies:
GPH 6420 – Quantitative Techniques 1: Cr. 4
CJ 3550 – Research Methods in Criminal Justice: Cr. 4
PS 3600 – Methods of Political Inquiry: Cr. 4
SOC 4200 – Methods of Social Research: Cr. 3
US 4420 -- Methods for Urban Studies
Elective Course Requirements (5-6 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 and is subject to change as departments change their course offerings:
AFS 3160 -- Black Urban History: Cr. 4
AFS 3180 -- Black Social Movements: Cr. 4
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
UP 4460 -- Sustainable Cities: Cr 3
U P 5110 – Urban Planning Process: Cr. 3-4
U S 6000 – Urban Studies Internship: Cr. 2-4


For more information about the BA in Urban Studies, please contact Dr. Rayman Mohamed, Interim Director of Urban Studies, at rayman.mohamed@wayne.edu or 313.577.2701..

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