Minor Degree Requirements

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:

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Degree Plan as of Academic Year 2023/2024

Take required core course = 3 credits
Course Title Couse Number
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.)
Course Title Couse Number
Urban Development & Policy ECON 2439
Economics of Poverty ECON 2456
Globalization GEOG 2000
Introduction to Sustainable Cities GEOG 2400E
Urban Geography GEOG/URBN 3200 (W)
Urban & Regional Planning GEOG 4210
History of Urban America HIST/URBN 2541 (W)             (formerly  3541)
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/URBN 3632 (W) 
Public Admin. or Public Admin. in Theory & Practice POLS 3842 or PP 3031
Social Policy PP 4034
Sociological Perspectives of Poverty SOCI 2820 (W)                                 (formerly 3429)
Urban Sociology SOCI /URBN 2901 (W)                    (formerly SOCI 3901/URBN 3275)
Social Welfare & Social Work SOCI 3425
Select two additional courses from group II,  or from the list below = 6 credits
Course Title Couse Number
Migration ANTH 3150 (W)
Information Technology for Economics ECON 2327
Applied Regional Analysis: The CT Economy ECON 2328 (W)
Economics of Taxation & Government Spending ECON 2431
Public Economics ECON 3431 (W)
Urban & Regional Economics ECON 3439 (W) or URBN 3439
Introduction to Sport Based Youth Development EDLR 3547 (W)
Reading the American City ENGL 3235W
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GEOG/CE 2500 (formerly GEOG 4500)
Visualizing Geographic Data GEOG 2510
Race, Sex, Space and Place GEOG 3000
Geographic Data Analysis GEOG 3500Q
Geographical Analysis of Urban Social Issues GEOG 4200W
Asian American Experience Since 1850 HIST/AAAS 2530 (formerly HIST 3530/AASI 3578)
History of Urban Latin America HIST/URBN 2650 (formerly 3650)
Crime, Policing, and Punishment in the United States HIST 2810
Topics in Public History HIST 3102
Social & Cultural History of CT & New England HIST 3520
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
Sustainable Urban Ecosystems NRE 3265
Quantitative Analysis in Political Science POLS 2072Q
State & Local Government POLS 2622
Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights POLS/HRTS 3212
 Environmental and Climate Justice POLS 3240E 
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
Survey Research Methods PP/URBN 2100
Cases in Public Policy PP 3020 (W)
Race & Policy PP 3033/AFRA 3033/POLS 3633
Criminology SOCI 2301 (W)
Ethnicity & Race SOCI 2501 (W) or AFRA 2501 (formerly 3501)
African Americans & Social Protest SOCI/AFRA/HRTS 2530 (formerly  3825)
Sociology of the Family SOCI 2651(W)
Sociology of Carework SOCI 2655 (W)
Sociology of Food SOCI 2705E
Society and Climate Change SOCI 2709WE
City Life SOCI 2907 (W) (formerly 3907)
Methods of Social Research SOCI 3201
Aging in American Society SOCI 3459/HDFS 3240 (W)
Sociology of Religion SOCI 3521 (W)
Sociology of Gender SOCI 3601 (W)
Sociology of Sexuality SOCI/WGSS 3621 (W)
Urban Problems SOCI 3903 (W)/URBN 3276 (W)
Introduction to Statistics II STAT 2215Q
Research Methods & (Quantitative) Analysis in UCS URBN 2301Q
Qualitative Analysis of UCS URBN 2302
Community in Film URBN/AMST 2400
Urban Parks and Sustainability URBN 3400E
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
* = URBN 3993 requires Department Head Consent

* * = 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. Minors do not have to take a W course in the UCS minor. The information is just provided because minors have the option to enroll in the W section, if they so choose.
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 or visit our UCS advisor page

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