Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies & Planning

The bachelor of arts (B.A.) program is an interdisciplinary course of study in which students gain a firm grounding in knowledge about cities and metropolitan areas, their history and spatial patterns, social, economic, and political life, and their greatest challenges and opportunities.

We study cities around the world as well as in our own backyard to understand city life and find solutions to urban problems. Classes examine cities and their regions in historical context and in an international and comparative manner. Students will examine economic, political and cultural concerns, and explore practical solutions to current urban problems. As a highly interdisciplinary program, students are required to take courses in at least five separate disciplines, but may, with elective requirements, take courses in many more disciplines.

The urban studies bachelor's degree prepares students for:

  • Advanced training in traditional academic disciplines, or professional activities with an urban orientation
  • Advanced training in specialized academic disciplines with urban foci, including law, public administration, and urban planning
  • Wide variety of vocations present in an urban setting
  • Citizenship in an urban world

Syllabi

Required classes

Course Title Type Instructor
US 2000 Introduction to Urban Studies (GPH 2000, HIS 2000, PS 2000) In-class Patrick Cooper-McCann
US 2000 Introduction to Urban Studies (GPH 2000, HIS 2000, PS 2000) In-class Jeff Horner
US 2000 Introduction to Urban Studies (GPH 2000, HIS 2000, PS 2000) Online Jeff Horner
US 2000 Introduction to Urban Studies (GPH 2000, HIS 2000, PS 2000) In-class Kami Pothukuchi
US 2000 Introduction to Urban Studies (GPH 2000, HIS 2000, PS 2000) Online Benjamin Tallerico
GPH 3130 Introductory Urban Geography In-class Department
GPH 3600/UP 6700 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems In-class Carolyn Loh
GPH 3600/UP 6700 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Online Alex Bellak
GPH 3600/UP 6700 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems In-class Daryl LaFlamme
UP 5820 Urban and Regional Economics In-class John Sase

Electives

Course Title Type Instructor
GPH 3900/UP 5999 Introduction to Architectural Studies In-class Department
GPH 3900/UP 5999 Public Health and the City    
GPH 4600/UP 6830 Advanced Geographic Information Systems In-class Department
UP 4460 Sustainable Cities In-class Department
UP 5010 Resources and Communication in Planning In-class Department
UP 5110 Urban Planning Process In-class Department