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Requirements for a Major in Urban Studies

A total of forty four (44) credits as follows:

  1. Urban Studies 201: Introduction to Urban Studies
  2. Political Science 206: Urban Politics and Policy
  3. One 4 credit course on Race and Ethnicity in the United States
    1. Race and Ethnicity in American Society (Anthropology/Sociology 331)
    2. African American History (History 242)
    3. Black Political Thought (Political Science 230)
    4. Black Theology (Religious Studies topics course)
    5. The Civil Rights Movement (History 243)
    6. Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (Urban Studies 250) 
      (other courses may fulfill this requirement, but will require permission of the Director of Urban Studies)
  4. Urban Studies 385: Research Methods in Urban Studies
  5. One 4 credit course that provides an Urban Field Experience
    1. Urban Studies 362: Urban Field Research
    2. Urban Studies 460 (1): Internship - Urban Studies Concentration
    3. Urban Studies 460 (2): Internship - Urban and Community Health Concentration
    4. Religious Studies 460: Health Equity Internship 
      *Students in the Urban and Community Health Concentration must take Urban Studies 460 (2) or Religious Studies 460.
  6. Urban Studies 485: Senior Seminar
  7. Urban Studies Concentration (typically five, 4 credit courses).
    *In each concentration, one course must address historical and/or comparative perspectives on the urban experience.
      1. Concentration in Urban and Community Health 
        The following two courses are required as part of the concentration:
        1. Medical Sociology (Anthropology/Sociology 347), Introduction to Urban and Community Health (Urban Studies 240), Faith, Health and Justice (Religious Studies 232), Principles of Public Health (Urban Studies 235), or Anthropology of Health (Anthropology/Sociology 265)
        2. Community Psychology (Psychology 250) or Psychology of Health (Psychology 220)
          Three elective courses may be chosen from the following list. Only two of the three electives may come from the same department or program. One of these courses must be must be taken at the 300 or 400 level (Urban Studies 460 and Urban Studies 362 do not satisfy this upper level requirement.)
          1. Anthropology of Health (Anthropology/Sociology 265)
          2. Geographic Information Systems (Interdepartmental 225)
          3. Biology of Medicine (Biology 105)
          4. Embryology (Biology 209)
          5. Parasitology (Biology 220)
          6. Genetics (Biology 304 with lab OR Biology 303 without lab)
          7. Molecular Biology (Biology 325)
          8. Virology/Immunology (Biology 330)
          9. Demography of Health (Anthropology/Sociology 265)
          10. Medical Sociology (Anthropology/Sociology 347)
          11. Music and Healing (Music 105)
          12. Medical Ethics (Philosophy 303)
          13. Statistical Methods (Psychology 211)
          14. Psychology of Health (Psychology 220)
          15. Community Psychology (Psychology 250)
          16. Health Care Policy (Political Science 320)
          17. Pain, Suffering, and Death (Religious Studies 233)
          18. Faith, Health, and Justice (Religious Studies 232)
          19. Narrative Perspectives on Religion and Medicine (Religious Studies 300)
          20. Principles of Public Health (Urban Studies 235)
          21. Introduction to Urban and Community Health (Urban Studies 240)
          22. Urban Geography (Urban Studies 230)
          23. Nonprofits in the City (Urban Studies 340)
          24. Right to the City (Urban Studies 365)
          25. Global Health/Global Health Maymester (Biology 160)
          26. Note: Students who concentrate in Urban and Community Health and wish to pursue graduate study in Public Health or the medical professions should contact the Director of Health Professional Advising, in addition to working closely with an Urban Studies faculty advisor. Graduate study in Public Health, for example, typically requires the Introductory Biology Sequence and Statistics.
      2. Concentration in Urban Studies
        Five courses are selected from the Urban Studies Electives with the support of a faculty advisor in Urban Studies. These courses should support student interests and future goals. 
        *At least one additional methods course is strongly encouraged. Only one additional methods course may count as an elective for the major.
        Additional Research Methods Courses:
        1. Introduction to GIS (Interdepartmental 225)
        2. Statistical Analysis for Economics and Business (Economics 290)
        3. Statistical Methods (Psychology 211)
        4. Urban Field Research (Urban Studies 362)
        5. Research Practicum (Urban Studies 451/452)

*No more than two electives may come from any one academic department.

*Two electives must be taken at the 300 or 400 level (Urban Studies 460 and Urban Studies 362 do not satisfy this upper level requirement)

Urban Studies Electives that are regularly offered are listed below. Urban Studies elective courses may be added during the school year, including topics courses as appropriate. During registration, check Banner Web or the Urban Studies Program office for a complete list of Urban Studies electives. Other courses may be used to fulfill the major requirement provided the courses: 1) contain an urban institutional or urban issues focus, and 2) are approved for major credit by the Director of Urban Studies.

Urban Studies Electives:

  • Race and Ethnicity in American Society (Anthropology/Sociology 331)
  • Medical Sociology (Anthropology/Sociology 347)
  • Sociology of Education (Anthropology/Sociology 341)
  • The City (Anthropology/Sociology 241)
  • Urban Design (Art 265)
  • Environmental Science (Biology 120)
  • Management of Organizations (Business 361)
  • Public Economics (Economics 305)
  • Foundations of Education (Education 201)
  • Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Education (Education 320)
  • Environmental Geology (Geology 214)
  • African American History (History 242)
  • The Civil Rights Movement (History 243)
  • History of Poverty in the United States (History 249)
  • Urban History (History 205)
  • Black Political Thought (Political Science 230)
  • Public Policy Analysis (Political Science 305)
  • Community Psychology (Psychology 250)
  • Infant and Child Development (Psychology 229)
    Community and Program Evaluation (Psychology 350)
  • Health Equity Internship (Religious Studies 460)
  • Introduction to Urban and Community Health (Urban Studies 240)
  • Urban Geography (Urban Studies 230)
  • Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (Urban Studies 250)
  • Music and Community in Memphis (Urban Studies 262)
  • Topics in Urban Studies (Urban Studies 265)
  • Nonprofits in the City (Urban Studies 340)
  • Right to the City (Urban Studies 365)
    Music and Community in Memphis (Urban Studies 382)
  • Internship (Urban Studies 460)