Requirements for a Major in Urban Studies

Requirements for a Major in Urban Studies

A total of forty four (44) credits as follows:

  1. Urban Studies 201: Introduction to Urban Studies
  2. Political Science 206: Urban Politics and Policy
  3. One 4 credit course on Race and Ethnicity in the United States
    1. Race and Ethnicity in American Society (Anthropology/Sociology 331)
    2. African American History (History 242)
    3. Black Political Thought (Political Science 230)
    4. Black Theology (Religious Studies topics course)
    5. The Civil Rights Movement (History 243)
    6. Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (Urban Studies 250) 
      (other courses may fulfill this requirement, and will require permission of the Chair of Urban Studies)
  4. Urban Studies 385: Research Methods in Urban Studies
  5. One 4 credit course that provides an Urban Field Experience
    1. Urban Studies 362: Urban Field Research
    2. Urban Studies 460: Internship
    3. Religious Studies 460: Health Equity Internship 
    4. *Students in the Urban and Community Health Concentration must take Urban Studies 460 or Religious Studies 460.
  6. Urban Studies 485: Senior Seminar
  7. An additional 20 credit hours selected from a list of approved electives or other courses selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and approved by the program chair. These courses should support student interests and future goals. 

*At least one additional methods course is strongly encouraged. Only one additional methods course may count as an elective for the major.
Additional Research Methods Courses:

  1. Introduction to GIS (Interdepartmental 225)
  2. Statistical Analysis for Economics and Business (Economics 290)
  3. Statistical Methods (Psychology 211)
  4. Urban Field Research (Urban Studies 362)
  5. Research Practicum (Urban Studies 451/452)

*Two electives must be taken at the 300 or 400 level. Courses taken to complete required courses for the major (items 1-6 above) may not be used to fulfill this requirement. 

Urban Studies Electives that are regularly offered are listed below. Urban Studies elective courses may be added during the school year, including topics courses as appropriate. During registration, check Banner Web or the Urban Studies Program office for a complete list of Urban Studies electives. In consultation with a faculty advisor, students may select other courses as electives provided the courses (1) are relevant to urban institutions or issues and (2) are approved by the Chair of Urban Studies. 

Urban Studies Electives:

  • Race and Ethnicity in American Society (Anthropology/Sociology 331)
  • Medical Sociology (Anthropology/Sociology 347)
  • Sociology of Education (Anthropology/Sociology 341)
  • The City (Anthropology/Sociology 241)
  • Environmental Science (Biology 120)
  • Management of Organizations (Business 361)
  • Public Economics (Economics 305)
  • Foundations of Education (Education 201)
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Education (Education 320)
  • Environmental Geology (Geology 214)
  • African American History (History 242)
  • The Civil Rights Movement (History 243)
  • History of Poverty in the United States (History 249)
  • Urban History (History 205)
  • Black Political Thought (Political Science 230)
  • Public Policy Analysis (Political Science 305)
  • Community Psychology (Psychology 250)
  • Infant and Child Development (Psychology 229)
    Community and Program Evaluation (Psychology 350)
  • Health Equity Internship (Religious Studies 460)
  • Introduction to Urban and Community Health (Urban Studies 240)
  • Urban Geography (Urban Studies 230)
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (Urban Studies 250)
  • Music and Community in Memphis (Urban Studies 262)
  • Topics in Urban Studies (Urban Studies 265)
  • Nonprofits in the City (Urban Studies 340)
  • Right to the City (Urban Studies 365)
    Music and Community in Memphis (Urban Studies 382)
  • Internship (Urban Studies 460)