Urban and Regional Studies (UR RE ST)

Courses

UR RE ST 100. Introduction to Urban Studies. 3 Credits.

Examines the richness and complexity of the human experience in modern cities and their broader regional context. The city is seen as an arena in which interrelationships between enduring human concerns and social institutions are expressed and asks how the city influences these interrelationships. Likewise, in what manner do established institutions and concerns influence the city and the metropolitan region of which they are a part? This course is an exploration of cities and how their broader institutional contexts evolve over time.
Fall and Spring.

UR RE ST 102. World Regions and Concepts: A Geographic Analysis. 3 Credits.

Contemporary geography, its viewpoints and methodology; geographic reality of the present-day world is analyzed through case studies using both the regional approach and systematic analysis.
Fall Only.

UR RE ST 198. First Year Seminar. 3 Credits.

Reserved for New Incoming Freshman
Fall Only.

UR RE ST 201. City Life and Globalization. 3 Credits.

The course explores the effect of globalization on people, specifically on urban processes worldwide. This course is comparative in nature and will explore global processes as they challenge people living in urban areas worldwide. The course explores different survival strategies on how to make cities better for a majority of the people.
Spring.

UR RE ST 205. Urban Social Problems. 3 Credits.

The course offers a basic introduction to the history, sociology, geography, economics, and politics of U.S. urban problems; examines specific problems such as jobs, housing, and public finance; and considers future prospects.
Fall and Spring.

UR RE ST 210. Drawing Systems for the Designer. 3 Credits.

The theory and practical application of various drawing systems, including orthographic, axiometrics, and perspectives, and their use as aids in the design process.
P: none; REC: ART 106.

UR RE ST 216. Native American Landscapes:Imagined and Lived Spaces. 3 Credits.

The course will explore the relationship between time and space within Native American cultures. The course will compare North American indigenous landscapes and Andean indigenous landscapes.

UR RE ST 299. Travel Course. 1-4 Credits.

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.

UR RE ST 305. Urban Politics and Policy. 3 Credits.

Structures and operations of city governments and their responses to policy issues such as education, employment, social welfare, housing, transportation, migration, racial discrimination, urban sprawl and social inequality. Course examines the role of race and ethnicity in each policy issue.
P: jr st; and POL SCI 101 or UR RE ST 100.
Fall Only.

UR RE ST 309. Urban and Regional Economics. 3 Credits.

Basic concepts in the economics of regions and urban areas, such as industrial location theory, central place theory, land rent theory, economic base theory, and input-output analysis; applications to problems of economic development, urbanization and place prosperity.
P: ECON 203 and jr st; REC: ECON 202.
Spring.

UR RE ST 310. Urban Sociology. 3 Credits.

The study of social life and population groups in the urban environment. Our concern is with the social and psychological consequences of city life and the political and economic forces which have produced the industrial and corporate cities of the present day. Other topics include theories of "community," the location of industrial and commercial areas, the distribution of racial and ethnic groups, and urban problems such as poverty, housing, and public services.
P: jr st; and UR RE ST 100 or PU EN AF 202 or POL SCI 202 or SOCIOL 202.
Fall Only.

UR RE ST 312. Community Politics. 3 Credits.

This course emphasizes the historical dimensions of community politics in the U.S. It also explores the role of grass roots social movements in shaping local politics.
P: none; REC: POL SCI 101.
Spring.

UR RE ST 313. The City Through Time and Space. 3 Credits.

Analysis of human settlement and the influence of social, economic and technological change on urban structure and the aesthetic qualities of city scapes in historical and cross-cultural settings.
P: jr st; and UR RE ST 100 or 341 or GEOG 341.
Spring.

UR RE ST 314. Suburbs. 3 Credits.

The study of suburbanization and suburban lifestyles has long been secondary to general focus on the central city and urban neighborhoods in the urban disciplines (urban geography, urban sociology). In this recentering of urban study on suburban communities, we look at the development of suburbs in the early modern period, the expansion of suburbs in the post-WWII era, and the emergence of a new suburban way of life in the 21st Century.
P: UR RE ST 100
Spring.

UR RE ST 323. Asian American Communities in the United States. 3 Credits.

Review of Asian immigration to the United States; formation of ethnic communities; prejudice and discrimination against Asian groups; and current issues affecting Asian Americans.
P: jr st; and ANTHRO 100 or Hum Stud 211 or SOCIOL 202 or 203 or UR RE ST 100.
Spring Odd.

UR RE ST 324. Latino Communities in the United States. 3 Credits.

Survey of Latino communities in the United States, taking an interdisciplinary approach exploring Latino voices from the Humanities and Social Sciences. The course will explore issues of formation of ethnic communities, the diversity among Latino communities and current issues affection Latinos in the U.S. such as immigration policy, bilingual education, and urban issues impacting Latino communities.
P: None
Spring Odd.

UR RE ST 341. Urban Geography. 3 Credits.

The course will focus on the different perspectives within contemporary urban geography and introduce student to social constructions of urban morphology and the interaction between social forces and spatial organization.
Spring.

UR RE ST 342. Community Economic Development. 3 Credits.

Various forces involved in community economic development, including the human and non human resource potentials, motivation, values and attitudes. Examines social and economic structures such as transportation, communication, and community services from the point of view of community development.
P: jr st; and ECON 202 or 203.
Spring Odd.

UR RE ST 351. Transportation and the City. 3 Credits.

The impact of the transportation subsystem of the city upon other urban subsystems (residential, commercial) and upon urban dwellers.
P: jr st; and POL SCI 101 or 202 or PU EN AF 202 or UR RE ST 100.
Fall Odd.

UR RE ST 360. GIS and the Urban World. 3 Credits.

This course applies geographic information systems (GIS) techniques to real-world urban problems in the context of pertinent theoretical foundations. It is designed to provide a background in GIS-based spatial analysis approaches and develop an understanding of the operational basis of GIS technology while furthering the comprehension of the urban problems themselves.
P: GEOG 250 or PU EN AF 250
Spring.

UR RE ST 370. Geography of South America. 3 Credits.

A survey course which will explore the physical features, resources, people, and the political economy of the American southern hemisphere.
P: None
Fall Even.

UR RE ST 412. Urban Planning. 3 Credits.

Examines current trends in Planning theory, focusing on City Planning, Urban Design, and Regional Planning.
P: jr st REC: POL SCI 101.
Fall Only.

UR RE ST 431. Seminar in Urban and Regional Studies. 3 Credits.

A capstone course intended to promote understanding of ethics in urban and regional planning, community politics, economic development, and other areas of urban and regional studies. Scholarly and intellectual discussion of community career and volunteer opportunities. Guidance provided for preparing professional resume documentation and engaging in job search activities.
P: Ur Re St major/minor; min 100 completed credits
Fall Only.

UR RE ST 452. Planning Methods. 3 Credits.

The course will focus on planning methods for public and private sector agencies and businesses in the design and planning fields. Spatial analysis, Creating Comprehensive Plans, Neighborhood community development plans, and strategic planning methods will be discussed. How to conduct Charrettes and writing staff reports within the context of public participation will be explored.
P: Jr Standing
Fall Even.

UR RE ST 454. Designing Communities and Neighborhoods. 3 Credits.

The main objective of the course is to allow students to engage and critically assess design elements that create places that foster community identity addressing the vexing problems in residential, commercial, office, recreational and public areas in small cities.
P: UR RE ST 100; REC: UR RE ST 341.
Spring.

UR RE ST 461. Special Topics in Urban and Regional Studies. 3 Credits.

A multi-disciplinary investigation into a special topic within urban and regional studies. Includes topics such as education, employment, housing and transportation, and urban and regional policy.
P: written cons of inst.

UR RE ST 478. Honors in the Major. 3 Credits.

Honors in the Major is designed to recognize student excellence within interdisciplinary and disciplinary academic programs.
P: min 3.50 all cses req for major and min gpa 3.75 all UL cses req for major.
Fall and Spring.

UR RE ST 497. Internship. 1-12 Credits.

Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings.
P: jr st.
Fall and Spring.

UR RE ST 498. Independent Study. 1-4 Credits.

Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's advisor can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early inthe semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript.
P: fr or so st with cum gpa > or = 2.50; or jr or sr st with cum gpa > or = 2.00.
Fall and Spring.

UR RE ST 499. Travel Course. 1-6 Credits.

Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations.
P: cons of instr & prior trip arr & financial deposit.