Urban Studies Minor

Melina Patterson, Program Director

Affiliated Faculty

Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding cities, including their historical, social, cultural, economic and political contexts and processes. It includes both theoretical or descriptive approaches to the city and urban life and applied or practical approaches to urban planning, historic preservation and urban policy making. Urban studies also addresses urban problems including housing, education, suburbanization, segregation, gentrification, crime, public space, and others. Urban studies recognizes that cities are distinctive places to live and work and that urban life produces particular opportunities and issues.

The Urban Studies Minor allows University of Mary Washington students to explore the particular dynamics of cities from an interdisciplinary framework. It emphasizes breadth. Students interested in obtaining a minor in Urban Studies should contact the program director or one of the affiliated faculty.

Requirements for Urban Studies Minor

Eighteen (18) credits to include one introductory class (HISP 209, GEOG 231 or GEOG 237); one research intensive class (ANTH 344; HISP 469; or SOCG 313); IDIS 400; and nine credits (three courses) in electives from a pre-approved list. The electives must be in two different disciplines and at least two must be at the 300-level or beyond. One 3-credit Individual Study course may be substituted for one of the elective courses with the approval of the instructor and the Director of the minor program. One 3-credit internship can be substituted for one of the elective courses with the approval of a faculty sponsor and the Director of the minor program.  One 3-credit study abroad class can be substituted for one of the elective courses with the approval of a faculty sponsor and the Director of the minor program.

Electives for Urban Studies Minor

ANTH 344; ARTH 310, 355, and 470U; CLAS 103, 105 and 390; ECON 351, 352, 353 and 354; GEOG 231, 236, 237, 337 and 410Q; HISP 209, 469, 470, and 471VV; HIST 300U, 308, 310, and 471E6; PSCI 332; SOCG 313, 332 and 440. American Studies Seminars (AMST 202 and 303) and special topics classes in Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Sociology, and Economics will count when the topics are relevant and approved by committee.