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Minor in Urban Studies

The Minor in Urban Studies is a broad introduction to the analysis of complex urban societies, problems, institutions, and built environments. The minor highlights the heterogeneous nature of cities and nuanced social, political, and historical concepts of modern cities with a focus on New York City. The minor strives to develop critical analytical skills as students reflect on urban experiences and achievements.

The Minor in Urban Studies is designed to introduce students to the analysis of urban societies, spaces, interactions, and built environments. Minoring in this area will provide a foundation for student development in both theoretical and applied dimensions of urban sociology.

Urban Studies students go on to successful careers in academics, advocacy, business, government, law, politics, public policy, research, publishing, public agencies, the non-profit sector, community organizing, and private businesses. Many Urban Studies students pursue graduate study in urban planning, law, social welfare, public affairs, international studies, and social and environmental sciences.

The minor in Urban Studies represents an inter-disciplinary initiative and requires 18 course credits selected after consultation with a departmental advisor including:

Select 3 courses from the following:

  • SOC 305 Urban Sociology (4 credits)
  • SOC 340 Sacred in the City (4 credits)
  • SOC 345 New York Ethnic Community (4 credits)
  • SOC 347 Urban Planning (4 credits)

Select 2 other courses (one must be outside of the Department of Sociology):

  • SOC 321 Social Policy (3 credits)
  • SOC 465 Van Cortland Park (3 credits)\
  • ENGL 403 The Victorian Age (3 credits)
  • FSEM 114 Reel Cities (3 credits)
  • HIST 300 Classical Civilizations (3 credits)
  • HIST 380 History of Rome (3 credits)
  • HIST 450 Historic of New York (3 credits)
  • PSYC 330 Environmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 344 Groups Dynamics (3 credits)
  • PSYC 365 Multicultural Psychology (3 credits)
  • Other Special Topic Courses relating to cities and urban issues in Department of Sociology and other departments in consultation from the Minor in Urban Studies faculty advisor.