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Urban & Regional Studies

Courses Offered

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  • Prerequisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis
  • Travel Course
  • Repeatable
  • Additional Fees
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture,Social Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
UR RE ST-198

First Year Seminar

  • Pre-Requisites
  • General Education
  • Writing Emphasis

Prerequisites
Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
  • Gen Ed: First Year Seminar
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Global Culture,Social Sciences
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Social Sciences
Credits 3
Lecture
UR RE ST-210

Drawing Systems for the Designer

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
  • Gen Ed: Ethnic Studies Perspective,Sustainability Perspective
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 1-4
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
UR RE ST-305

Urban Politics and Policy

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
UR RE ST-309

Urban and Regional Economics

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.
  • Additional Fees: Yes
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
UR RE ST-312

Community Politics

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
Odd Only
UR RE ST-315

Street Gangs in America

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
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: Global Culture,Social Sciences
Credits 3
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 Perspective
Credits 3
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 Perspective,Social Sciences
Credits 3
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.

Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Credits 3
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.
  • Additional Fees: Yes
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
UR RE ST-351

Transportation and the City

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
UR RE ST-360

GIS and the Urban World

  • Pre-Requisites

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 technology while furthering the comprehension of the urban problems themselves.

Prerequisites
P: Geog 250
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
UR RE ST-370

Geography of South America

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Odd Only
UR RE ST-392

Analysis of South Asia

  • Pre-Requisites

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

Prerequisites
P: jr st.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
UR RE ST-431

Seminar in Urban and Regional Studies

  • Pre-Requisites

A capstone course intended to promote understanding of ethics in urban and regional planning, community politics, economic development, and other areas of urban and regional studies. Scholarly and intellectual discussion of community career and volunteer opportunities. Guidance provided for preparing professional resume documentation and engaging in job search activities.

Prerequisites
P: Ur Re St major/minor; min 100 completed credits
Credits 3
Lecture
Fall
Even Only
UR RE ST-452

Planning Theory and Methods

  • Pre-Requisites

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.
Credits 3
Lecture
Spring
UR RE ST-454

Designing Communities and Neighborhoods

  • Pre-Requisites

The main objective of the course is to allow students to engage and critically assess design elements that create places that foster community identity addressing the vexing problems in residential, commercial, office, recreational and public areas in small cities.

Prerequisites
P: UR RE ST 100; REC: UR RE ST 341.
Credits 3
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.
Credits 3
Ind Study
Spring
Fall
UR RE ST-478

Honors in the Major

  • Pre-Requisites

P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major. (F,S)

Prerequisites
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Credits 1-12
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.
Credits 1-4
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.
Credits 1-6
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: Global Culture
  • Travel Course
  • Course is repeatable for credit.