Urban Studies Minor

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); four electives in two different disciplines, with at least three at the 300-level or beyond; and IDIS 400. 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 211, 309, 344; ARTH 311, 355, and 470U; CLAS 103, 105 and 390; ECON 351C, 352, 353 and 354A; GEOG 231, 236, 237, 331, 337 and 410Q; HISP 209, 405, 469, 470, and 471VV; HIST 300U, 308, 310, and 471E6; PSCI 332; SOCG 313, 371M, 440, and 475. Additional classes from American Studies, Anthropology, Geography, Historic Preservation, History, Sociology, and other disciplines will count with the approval of the Program Director.

Course Descriptions for Disciplines in the Minor:

American Studies (AMST)

Anthropology (ANTH)

Art History (ARTH)

Classics (CLAS)

Economics (ECON)

Geography (GEOG)

Historic Preservation (HISP)

History (HIST)

Political Science (PSCI)

Sociology (SOCG)