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Through an integrated interdisciplinary approach, students gain an understanding of urban systems and problems.

The Urban Studies Program fosters student understanding of urban systems and problems, and encourages and emphasizes integrated interdisciplinary approaches to urban studies.

The Urban Studies minor often completes a major with a participating department (e.g., Political Science, History, Sociology, Religion, Psychology, Education or Economics). The student, in consultation with an Urban Studies advisor, may design the minor to focus upon a particular interest such as public policy, urban planning or city administration.

The Urban Studies curriculum includes three levels:

  • The first level consists of the interdisciplinary, team-taught course Urban Studies 171.
  • The second level is drawn from existing departmental course offerings and includes a set of basic Urban Studies courses as well as suggested urban interest courses. It is expected that students would also take methodology courses appropriate to their majors; these would also be considered second-level courses, although they are not specifically required for the completion of an Urban Studies minor.
  • A third level comprises several opportunities for higher-level analysis of urban affairs such as the writing of a senior paper and practical experiences in urban agencies or urban schools. Internships are available in Springfield and in other cities as arranged.


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