ALMOST 80 PERCENT of Americans live in cities, 30 percent in the 20 largest urban regions. The Urban Studies major is a multidisciplinary program dealing with the character and evolution of complex urban systems, especially the city system of the United States. It is designed to stimulate insights and to introduce students to urban problem-solving, urban planning, and public policy formation. The major integrates urban-oriented materials from the major divisions of knowledge: social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, and the arts. It is a flexible program: students develop a specific pattern of courses in consultation with the program advisor. The program helps students to be better urban citizens and prepares them for graduate study or employment. Students majoring in urban studies must complete a second major in a traditional course of study (e.g., geography, sociology, politics and government, economics, etc.).
Urban Studies Major
David Walker (Department of Geology and Geography) is the Urban Studies advisor and Urban Studies Advisory Board Chair.
The Urban Studies major is comprised of 12-14 courses, including seven courses from the urban core (Category I below), one of which must be senior seminar/research URB 499: Human Values and the Urban Process; GEOG 380: Contemporary American Landscape Problems may substitute for this course; four from Categories I or II (below); and 1-3 units of off-campus study or work experience as approved by the urban studies advisor. The Urban Studies Advisory Committee is continuously developing apprenticeship programs in Central Ohio and various other settings. The following offer opportunities: Comparative European Urban Semester, and the GLCA Philadelphia Urban Semester (see Off-Campus Study Programs in the Ohio Wesleyan University Catalog).
Category I (Core Courses):
Urban Studies Courses
URB 250. Human Values and the Urban Process (Fusch)
URB 490. Independent Study (Staff)
URB 491. Directed Readings (Staff)
URB 495. Apprenticeship (Staff)
499. Seminar (Staff)
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