Minor in Urban Studies

 The Minor in Urban provides students to learn about the field while persuing another major. 

The minor is flexible enough to serve a wide variety of student needs and interests. The program explores the spatial patterning of metropolitan systems as well as the inner-life of individual cities;. Students explore broad historical, international comparative, economic or cultural concerns as well as specific practical problems in an increasingly urban world. The minor is open to all Wayne State students, including from allied social science fields such as Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Sociology. The minor has helped students in these field understand that social science phenomena exists in a "sptial" context. To draw on one example, urban politics leared in the field of Political Science is not only different between suburbs and central cities, but these politics interact with each other to influence outcomes in enter metropolitan regions.

Students from other fields such as Environmental Science, Geology, Psychology, Public Health and even the other sciences have found an interest in the minor, because it permits them to place their education in the context of people and cities. For exampl, understanding metropolitan spatial patterns has helped students in Public Health better understand socio-demographic issues related to their field. 




A student must have met the entrance requirements of the University (see Admission Requirements) to apply for this program. When the Declaration of Major form has been completed at the beginning of the junior year and has been authorized for an approved major, the student may then use the same form to apply for acceptance into the co-major program.
Requriements for the Minor in Urban Studies
Core Requirements (Fourteen credits)

U S 2000--(SS) Introduction to Urban Studies: Cr. 2
(SOC 2500) (GPH 2000) (HIS 2000) (P S 2000): Cr. 4
U S 4510 -- Cities and Regions (ECO 2800) (GEG 2000) (GPH 2000): Cr. 4

One of the following:
U S 2992 --(P S 2992) Political Science Internship: Cr. 4
U S 6000 -- (CRJ 6000) Internship: Cr. 3
U S 6010 --Supervised Field Experience: Cr. 3
U S 6050 --(GEG 6520) Independent Field Study (GPH 6520): Cr. 2-4

The University offers several urban-related courses suitable as electives. Students must complete twenty-two credits in urban-related electives. Note that many electives may be used to satisfy major and co-major requirements simultaneously. The following list is not exhaustive:

ANT 3110-- Detroit Minorities: Arabs, Hispanics, and African Americans: Cr. 3-4
ANT 5060 --Urban Anthropology (SOC 5540): Cr. 3
ECO 5800 --Urban and Regional Economics I (U P 5820): Cr. 4
GEG 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 3130 -- (SS) Introductory Urban Geography: Cr. 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 2240--(SS) Introduction to Urban Politics and Policy: 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
ULM 6650 -- Regional, State and Urban Economic Development: Policy and Administration (P S 6440) (ECO 6650) (U P 6550): 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. 2-3

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Upon the approval of an Urban Studies adviser, the student may also take courses in other fields, including in colleges outside Liberal Arts & Sciences.

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