Urban Studies

For the first time in human history, the majority of people on earth live in urban settings. RWU’s multidisciplinary Urban Studies program immerses you in studying the unique culture and dynamics of cities through subjects such as sociology, political science and architecture. You’ll learn how city dwellers live, behave and face persistent problems, which can inform a wide variety of careers including social and community service, education, public policy, historic preservation and law.

The Minor and Core Concentration in Urban Studies offers students from both the Liberal Arts and the Professional Schools a multi-disciplinary perspective on one of humankind’s most important achievements. Urban Studies seeks to illuminate the enormous potential and persistent problems of urban life. Ours is an urban century. Urban populations are now in the majority for the first time in human history and the rapid urbanization of India and China will likely accelerate this trend. An understanding of “Globalization” also relies on an understanding of the role of “Global Cities” and their relation to the legacy of great cities throughout history. Urban Studies complements many existing majors and can also lead to graduate study in a range of related fields.

The Urban Studies Minor

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URBN100Introduction to Urban Studies 
URBN400Urban Studies Colloquium 


Four courses from the following list that meet the following requirements: 1) none of the courses may be from the departmental designation (prefix) of the student’s major; and 2) at least one course must be at the 300-level or above that does not count toward the student’s major or any other minor. This is intended to encourage students to take electives in multiple areas that balance their major course of study.

AMST100Approaches to the Study of American Society & Culture 
ANTH100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 
BIO104Biology II 
SOC100Introduction to Sociology 
POLSC100American Government and Politics 
AAH122History of Art and Architecture II 
HIST102History of Western Civilization II 
HIST152United States History II 
SUST101Introduction to Sustainability Studies 
AMST201American Studies Research Methods* 
ANTH222Environmental Anthropology* 
ANTH230Political Anthropology* 
NATSC203Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability* 
PA220Elements and Issues in Community Development 
POLSC/PA260/201Public Administration* 
PH201Public Health Essentials* 
SOC201Social Stratification* 
SOC220Sociological Perspectives on Race* 
URBN299Special Topics in Urban Studies 

* courses w/ pre-requisites or that require consent and at least one of the following:

AMST370Topics in Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality in America* 
AMST371Topics in Ethnicity Class and Region in America* 
ANTH310Applied Anthropology* 
ANTH380Culture, Change and Development* 
ARCH324Evolution of Urban Form 
ARCH325History of Modern Architecture 
BIO376Urban Ecosystems 
CIS350Geographic Analysis of Data: An Introduction to GIS 
ENG360Studies in Ethnic American Literature* 
HIST390Great Cities in History 
HP302/502Principles of Preservation Planning 
HP342Industrial America 
HP384/582LPreservation Planning Lab 
PA306City Management* 
PA351Sustainable Economic and Community Development 
POLSC362Urban Politics 
SOC330Globalization and Identity* 
SOC348Urban Sociology 
WTNG305Writing the City 
CJS428Crime Prevention 
URBN430Advanced Special Topics in Urban Studies 
ARCH572Urban Design Theory** 
ARCH575Contemporary Asian Architecture & Urbanism** 
ARCH593Sustainable Paradigms** 
ARCH594Urban Ecology** 
ARCH577American Skyscraper** 

*Courses w/ at least one prerequisite other than URBN 100

**Courses at the 500 level require senior standing.