Undergraduate Program.

The Major:

Students who major in Urban Studies will be introduced to the broad range of theoretical and practical public policy issues facing public and private agencies dealing with the urban environment today.

The major consists of 36 credits in courses from the Department of Urban Studies as follows:

Bullet Orange Cube IconUrban Studies 101 (Urban Poverty and Affluence)
Bullet Orange Cube IconUrban Studies 105 (Urban Politics)
Urban Studies 200 (Urban Research Methods)

Bullet Orange Cube IconUrban Studies 221 (Making Public Policy)
Bullet Orange Cube IconUrban Studies 330W (Contemporary Urban Theory)
Either Urban Studies 360W or 370. (May be waived for students holding a full-time job in an urban-related field.)

18 (or 21) credits in other Urban Studies courses.

Students with a major in Urban Studies are encouraged to develop, with the help of their faculty advisor, a course plan in which they explore such areas of Urban Studies as: 

Public Policy and Politics

Public Sector Management

Community Planning and Development

Criminal Justice
Health and Health Policy

Urban Environment Policy
Social and Economic Policy
Urban Culture and Identity

 



The Minor:

Through a minor in Urban Studies, students may augment material from another field with the theoretical and practical policy material in Urban Studies. The minor consists of 18 credits in Urban Studies, including: <

Urban Studies 101 (Urban Poverty and Affluence)
Urban Studies 200 (Urban Research Methods)
And either

       Urban Studies 105 (Urban Politics)

       Urban Studies 221 (Making Public Policy), or

       Urban Studies 330W (Contemporary Urban Theory)
At least three other Urban Studies courses 

At least three courses must be at the 200 or 300 level.



The Urban Studies Curriculum stresses:

Critical review and analysis of issues facing urban areas worldwide, in the United States, and within New York City.

The use of theory and research from the social sciences in the formulation and evaluation of social and economic policies.

Seminars, tutorials, and field work to provide students with practical knowledge of public policy, including an understanding of the problems encountered when actually working in the field.

Relating the student's life experience and personal observations to classroom reading and discussion.

Participation by students in departmental research projects.

Exposure to issues currently facing citizens and decisionmakers in New York City and the Borough of Queens.



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