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The minor in Urban and Community Studies is an interdisciplinary minor with a focus on educating citizens on the multiple dimensions of urban and community life and preparing students for careers in public and community service. While available with any undergraduate major, this minor provides an especially appropriate complement to majors in the social sciences, as well as departments and schools that emphasize human services such as Human Development and Family Studies or Education.

The minor requires passing 15 credits at the 2000 or above level as follows:

Degree Plan as of Academic Year 2016/2017

Take required core course = 3 credits
Introduction to Urban & Community Studies URBN 2000 (W)
Select two courses from two different departments = 6 credits
(Cross-listed courses count towards the non-URBN dept.)
Urban Development & Policy ECON 2439
Economics of Poverty ECON 2456
Globalization GEOG 2000*
Sustainable Cities GEOG 2400*
Urban Geography GEOG/URBN 3200
Urban & Regional Planning GEOG 4210
History of Urban America HIST/URBN 3541 (W)
Immigrants & the Shaping of American History HIST 3554
African American History Since 1865 HIST/AFRA 3564
History of Latino/as in the US HIST 3674/LLAS 3220
Urban Politics POLS 3632 (W) or URBN 3632W
Public Admin. or Public Admin. in Theory & Practice POLS 3842 or PP 3031
Social Policy PP 4034
Social Welfare & Social Work SOCI 3425
Urban Sociology SOCI 3901/URBN 3275 (W)
Communities SOCI 3911
Urban Anthropology URBN 3000
Select two additional courses from group II,  or from the list below = 6 credits
Migration ANTH 3150 (W)*
Applied Regional Analysis: The CT Economy ECON 2328 (W)
Economics of Taxation & Government Spending ECON 2431
Public Finance ECON 3431 (W)
Urban & Regional Economics ECON 3439 (W) or URBN 3439
Service Learning Through Sport & Physical Activity EDLR 3547 (W)
Reading the American City ENGL 3235W
Geographical Analysis of Urban Social Issues GEOG 4200W
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GEOG 4500
Topics in Public History HIST 3102
Social & Cultural History of CT & New England HIST 3520
Asian American Experience Since 1850 HIST 3530/AASI 3578
African American History to 1865 HIST/AFRA/HRTS 3563
Hip-Hop, Politics & Youth Culture in America HIST/AFRA 3568
Diversity Issues in Human Dev. & Family Studies HDFS 2001
Social & Community Influence on Children in the US HDFS 3110
Planning & Managing Human Service Programs HDFS 3510
Public Policy & the Family HDFS 3530
Child Welfare, Law & Social Policy HDFS 3540
Semester in Urban Problems (Urban Semester) INTD 3584
State & Local Government POLS 2622
Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights POLS/HRTS 3212
Globalization and Political Change POLS 3406 (W)*
American Political Economy POLS 3617
African American Politics POLS/AFRA 3642
Latino Political Behavior POLS 3662/LLAS 3270
The Policy-making Process POLS 3847
Public Policy PP 3001
Cases in Public Policy PP 3020 (W)
Race & Policy PP 3033/AFRA 3033/POLS 3633
State & Local Fiscal Problems PP 4033
Criminology SOCI 2301 (W)
Sociological Perspectives on Poverty SOCI 3429 (W) or HRTS 3429
Aging in American Society SOCI 3459/HDFS 3240 (W)
Ethnicity & Race SOCI 3501 (W) or AFRA 3501
Sociology of Religion SOCI 3521 (W)
Sociology of Gender SOCI 3601 (W)
African Americans & Social Protest SOCI/AFRA/HRTS 3825
Urban Problems SOCI 3903 or URBN 3276 (W)
City Life SOCI 3907 (W) {SOCI 2907 (W) as of Fall 2017}
Internship in UCS or Urban Semester: Seminar
URBN 3981 & 3991** or INTD 3594 (W)
Foreign Study URBN 3993
Special Topics URBN 3995
Variable Topics URBN 3998
Independent Study (With instructor consent) URBN 4999
* = Courses that have been added to the minor effective academic year 2016/2017.
* * = Students seeking to do an internship must take URBN 3981 and URBN 3991 concurrently. One may take up to 6 credits for the combined courses but only 3 credits can be used toward the major, all other approved internship credits will be used to meet the universities 120 credit graduation requirement.
(W) = These courses may be offered by the university with or without a Writing Component.
Students interested in pursuing a minor in Urban and Community Studies are advised to complete 1000-level courses in the social sciences, which are prerequisites for courses in Urban and Community Studies. These include, but are not limited to GEOG /URBN 1200; ECON 1201; POLS 1602; PP 1001; SOCI 1001, 1251; STAT 1000Q/1100Q; and URBN 1300. They should also plan on enrolling in URBN 2000, which is open to sophomores, as soon as possible.
If you are interested in UCS as a minor or if you would like to learn more about the program, please contact us at (959)200-3771.

Minor  Final Plan of Study Form (PDF): UCS Minor Final Play of Study Form