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Urban Studies Minor

College of Liberal Arts, Office of Student Services
(585) 475-2444, libarts@rit.edu

This minor focuses on the interplay between urban issues and urban policy. Every metropolitan area must address such enduring issues as poverty, housing, homelessness, transportation, education, crime, safety, recreation, and economic development. Each community must do so with an understanding of its unique social mix and neighborhood relations, and with recognition of its place in wider regional, national, and global networks. Students identify and analyze central issues and social problems of urbanization and explore and assess various ways decision-makers respond to these issues. This minor is closed to students majoring in sociology and anthropology who have chosen the urban studies track.

Course
Required Course
SOCI-103 The Urban Experience
Electives
Choose four of the following:*
   ANTH-235    Immigration to the U.S.
   ANTH-315    Archaeology of Cities
   ANTH-410    Global Cities
   ECON-440    Urban Economics
   FNRT-377    Imag(in)ing Rochester
   HIST-103    The City in History
   SOCI-220    Minority Group Relations
   SOCI-325    Community and Economic Development: Rochester
   SOCI-330    Urban Deviance
   SOCI-335    Urban Cultures
   SOCI-345    Urban Poverty
   SOCI-340    Urban Planning and Policy
   SOCI-410    Diversity in the City
   STSO-550    Sustainable Communities

* At least two of the elective courses must be at the 300 level or higher.

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This minor focuses on the interplay between urban issues and urban policy. Every metropolitan area must address such perennial issues as housing, transportation, education, crime, safety, recreation, and economic development. Each community must do so with an understanding of its unique social mix and neighborhood relations, and with recognition of its place in wider regional, national, and global networks. Students identify and analyze central issues and social problems of urbanization and explore and assess various ways decision-makers respond to these issues.

Prerequisite—Choose one of the following:
0515-210 Foundations of Sociology
0510-210 Cultural Anthropology

Required course:
0515-442 The Urban Experience

Electives—Choose four of the following (at least one course must be from urban policy and one from urban issues.)

Urban Policy
0508-491 Sustainable Communities I
0511-440 Urban Economics
0515-413 Urban Planning and Policy
0526-441 GIS Applications in UC Studies
0526-443 Community Economic Development: Rochester

Urban Issues
0510-443 Immigration to the U.S.
0510-445 Global Cities
0515-485 Diversity in the City
0501-405 Major Issues: Crime/Justice in the Community*

* Major Issues: Crime/Justice in the Community (0501-405) offers a number of sections. Students in this minor may enroll only in section 02 (Crime/Justice in the Community).