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2012 - 2013 Undergraduate Catalog

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Urban and Regional Studies:

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits3
Lecture
Spring
Fall
UR RE ST-100

Introduction to Urban Studies

The richness and complexity of the human experience in the modern city. Examines the city as an arena in which interrelationships between enduring human concerns and social institutions are expressed and asks how the city influences these as well as how the established institutions and concern influence the city.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
Fall
UR RE ST-102

World Regions and Concepts: A Geographic Analysis

Contemporary geography, its viewpoints and methodology; geographic reality of the present-day world is analyzed through case studies using both the regional approach and systematic analysis.

  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 1
Credits3
Lecture
UR RE ST-198

First Year Seminar

Sorry, this course does not have a description.

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    UR RE ST-201

    City Life and Globalization

    The course explores the effect of globalization on people, specifically on urban processes worldwide. this course is comparative in nature and will explore global processes as they challenge people living in urban areas worldwide. The course explores different survival strategies on how to make cities better for a majority of the people.

    • Gen Ed: World Culture,Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    Spring
    Fall
    UR RE ST-205

    Urban Social Problems

    The course offers a basic introduction to the history, sociology, geography, economics, and politics of U.S. urban problems; examines specific problems such as jobs, housing, and public finance; and considers future prospects.

    • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
    Credits3
    Lecture
    UR RE ST-210

    Drawing Systems for the Designer

    The theory and practical application of various drawing systems, including orthographic, axiometrics, and perspectives, and their use as aids in the design process.

    Prerequisites
    P: none; REC: Art 106.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      UR RE ST-216

      Native American Landscapes:Imagined and Lived Spaces

      The course will explore the relationship between time and space within Native American cultures. The course will compare North American indigenous landscapes and Andean indigenous landscapes.

      • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
      • Course is repeatable for credit.
      Credits1-4
      Field EXP
      UR RE ST-299

      Travel Course

      • Pre-Requisites
      • General Education
      • Travel Course
      • Repeatable

      Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

      Prerequisites
      P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
      • Gen Ed: World Culture
      • Travel Course
      • Course is repeatable for credit.
      Credits3
      Lecture
      Spring
      UR RE ST-305

      Urban Politics and Policy

      Structures and operations of city governments and their responses to policy issues such as education, employment, social welfare, housing, transportation, migration, racial discrimination, urban sprawl and social inequality.

      Prerequisites
      P: jr st; and Pol Sci 101 or Ur Re St 100.
        Credits3
        Lecture
        Spring
        UR RE ST-309

        Urban and Regional Economics

        Basic concepts in the economics of regions and urban areas, such as industrial location theory, centra place theory, land rent theory, economic base theory, and input-output analysis; applications to problems of economic development, urbanization and place prosperity.

        Prerequisites
        P: Econ 203 and jr st; REC: Econ 202.
          Credits3
          Lecture
          Fall
          UR RE ST-310

          Urban Sociology

          • Pre-Requisites
          • Writing Emphasis
          • Additional Fees

          The study of social life and population groups in the urban environment. Our concern is with the social and psychological consequences of city life and the political and economic forces which have produced the industrial and corporate cities of the present day. Other topics include theories of "community," the location of industrial and commercial areas, the distribution of racial and ethnic groups, and urban problems such as poverty, housing, and public services.

          Prerequisites
          P: jr st; and Ur Re St 100 or Pu En Af 202 or Pol Sci 202 or Sociol 202.
            Credits3
            Lecture
            Fall
            UR RE ST-312

            Community Politics

            This course emphasizes the historical dimensions of community politics in the U.S. It also explores the role of grass roots social movements in shaping local politics.

            Prerequisites
            P: none; REC: Pol Sci 101.
              Credits3
              Lecture
              Spring
              UR RE ST-313

              The City Through Time and Space

              Analysis of human settlement and the influence of social, economic and technological change on urban structure and the aesthetic qualities of city scapes in historical and cross-cultural settings.

              Prerequisites
              P: jr st; and Ur Re St 100 or 341 or Geog 341.
                Credits3
                Lecture
                Spring
                Odd Only
                UR RE ST-315

                Street Gangs in America

                Organization of and subculture of street gangs in American communities; differences among ethnic/racial street gangs; representation of gang identity through graffiti, tattoos, clothing, music; gang membership and wannabes.

                Prerequisites
                P: Sociol 202 or Anthro 100 or Ur Re St 100.
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Odd Only
                  UR RE ST-320

                  Cities in Cinema

                  • Pre-Requisites
                  • General Education
                  • Writing Emphasis

                  This course explores the relationship between cinema and research themes in Urban Studies with an overreaching emphasis on global/world cities. These cities are the pinnacle of the global urban network and are the "hubs of economic control, production and trade, of information circulation and cultural transmission, and of political power" (The Dictionary of Human Geography). In this course, related interdisciplinary readings serve as the framework for viewing, analyzing, critiquing, and discussion urban lifestyles, political economic structures and relationships, and the built environment as portrayed in popular films.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: None REC: UR RE ST 100
                  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences 2
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Odd Only
                  UR RE ST-323

                  Asian American Communities in the United States

                  Review of Asian immigration to the United States; formation of ethnic communities; prejudice and discrimination against Asian groups; and current issues affecting Asian Americans.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: jr st; and Anthro 100 or Hum Stud 211 or Sociol 202 or 203 or Ur Re St 100.
                  • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  Odd Only
                  UR RE ST-324

                  Latino Communities in the United States

                  • Pre-Requisites
                  • General Education
                  • Writing Emphasis

                  Review of Hispanic immigration to the United States; formation of ethnic communities; diversity of Hispanic ethnic groups; and current issues affecting Hispanics such as immigration policy and bilingual education.

                  Prerequisites
                  P: jr st; and Anthro 100 or Sociol 202 or 203 or Ur Re St 100.
                  • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies
                  Credits3
                  Lecture
                  Spring
                  UR RE ST-340

                  Economics of Land Use

                  Economic relationships between humans and land. Principles governing land use and conservation and the institutional arrangements of this basic resource. Application of principles in policy-making in land valuation, taxation and zoning in the context of regional economic development.

                    Credits3
                    Lecture
                    Spring
                    UR RE ST-341

                    The City and its Regional Context

                    The course will focus on two main interrelated themes in urban geography. It will explore urban places as systems operating as en entity among other cities and the surrounding region. Second, it will explore social construction of urban morphology.

                    Prerequisites
                    P: jr st.
                      Credits3
                      Lecture
                      Spring
                      Odd Only
                      UR RE ST-342

                      Community Economic Development

                      Various forces involved in community economic development, including the human and non human resource potentials, motivation, values and attitudes. Examines social and economic structures such as transportation, communication, and community services from the point of view of community development.

                      Prerequisites
                      P: jr st; and Econ 202 or 203.
                        Credits3
                        Lecture
                        Fall
                        Odd Only
                        UR RE ST-351

                        Transportation and the City

                        The impact of the transportation subsystem of the city upon other urban subsystems (residential, commercial) and upon urban dwellers.

                        Prerequisites
                        P: jr st; and Pol Sci 101 or 202 or Pu En Af 202 or Ur Re St 100.
                          Credits3
                          Lecture
                          Spring
                          UR RE ST-360

                          GIS and the Urban World

                          This course applies geographic information systems (GIS) techniques to real-world urban problems in the context of pertinent theoretical foundations. It is designed to provide a background in GIS-based spatial analysis approaches and develop an understanding of the operational basis of GIS tecnology while furthering the comprehension of teh urban problems themselves.

                          Prerequisites
                          P: Geog 250
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Fall
                            Even Only
                            UR RE ST-370

                            Geography of South America

                            • Pre-Requisites
                            • General Education
                            • Writing Emphasis

                            A survey course which will explore the physical features, resources, people, and the political economy of the American southern hemisphere.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: jr st; REC: Env Sci 102 or Geog 222.
                            • Gen Ed: World Culture
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Fall
                            Odd Only
                            UR RE ST-392

                            Analysis of South Asia

                            Regions of South Asian countries in various stages of development. Emphasis on the interaction of physical and human resources.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: jr st.
                            • Gen Ed: World Culture
                            Credits3
                            Lecture
                            Fall
                            UR RE ST-412

                            Urban and Regional Planning

                            Examines planning theory, focusing on models of rationality, valuation processes, political decision-making, governmental structure and fiscal policies.

                            Prerequisites
                            P: jr st; and Geog 102 or Pol Sci 202 or Pu En Af 202 or Ur Re St 100 or 102; REC: Pol Sci 101.
                              Credits3
                              Lecture
                              Spring
                              UR RE ST-430

                              Seminar in Ethics and Public Action

                              A capstone course for all students in Urban and Public Affairs intended to introduce a range of ethical concerns in public affairs. Through theoretical and case study readings and applied projects, students deal with ethical issues and varied responses to them.

                              Prerequisites
                              P: Ur Re St maj/min; min 100 completed cr.
                                Credits3
                                Lecture
                                Fall
                                Even Only
                                UR RE ST-452

                                Planning Theory and Methods

                                Planning for public and not-for-profit agencies: theory and practical significance of planning; the political and administrative setting of planning operations; and methods of planning analysis such as strategic planning.

                                Prerequisites
                                P: Bus Adm 215 or Comm Sci 205 or Math 260.
                                  Credits3
                                  Lecture
                                  UR RE ST-461

                                  Special Topics in Urban and Regional Studies

                                  A multi-disciplinary investigation into a special topic within urban and regional studies. Includes topics such as education, employment, housing and transportation, and urban and regional policy.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: written cons of inst.
                                  • Course is repeatable to 6 credits.
                                  Credits1-12
                                  Field EXP
                                  Spring
                                  Fall
                                  UR RE ST-497

                                  Internship

                                  Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: jr st.
                                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                  Credits1-4
                                  IND Study
                                  Spring
                                  Fall
                                  UR RE ST-498

                                  Independent Study

                                  Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
                                  • Course is repeatable for credit.
                                  Credits1-6
                                  Field EXP
                                  UR RE ST-499

                                  Travel Course

                                  • Pre-Requisites
                                  • General Education
                                  • Travel Course
                                  • Repeatable

                                  Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.

                                  Prerequisites
                                  P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.
                                  • Gen Ed: World Culture
                                  • Travel Course
                                  • Course is repeatable for credit.