Urban Studies

https://www.uwgb.edu/urban-and-regional-studies/

(Bachelor of Arts)

Urban Studies develops individuals who want to make a difference in their community: a difference in what happens to older neighborhoods in transition, a difference in what happens as new suburban communities are planned and built, a difference in the lives and well-being of persons across metropolitan and rural regions. It offers undergraduates an opportunity to become familiar with concepts that will be useful whether they become community organizers, lawyers, city or regional planners, architects, teachers, economic development specialists, journalists, city managers, or enter careers in business and real estate.

Urban Studies offers students an opportunity to develop the insight, knowledge, and technical skills needed to deal effectively with the far-reaching challenges of contemporary urban society. It prepares students to become educated world citizens through a solid foundation of core courses emphasizing skills and tool subjects, broad introductory courses at the freshman and sophomore level, and more demanding courses at the junior and senior level which explores topics at a greater depth.

Faculty bring together urban and regional perspectives from a variety of disciplines, including economics, ethnic studies, physical and human geography, political science, and sociology. Urban Studies faculty have traveled widely and have lived and conducted research in many countries outside of the United States. In addition to teaching in the program, faculty are active in applied work in Northeast Wisconsin, working with community and grass-roots organizations, participating in city and county task forces and planning committees, and consulting for government and international agencies.

Students should meet with the faculty adviser in Urban Studies to discuss their academic and career interests. Students are encouraged to select courses which emphasize particular areas within the program, including community economic development, ethnic studies, and urban and regional planning. Internships in this program are especially encouraged, as are applied research projects in the Urban Studies laboratory and in independent study courses, as well. Internship experiences have proven to be an important enhancement to graduate school applications, and they also increase opportunities for employment after graduation.

This major also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in master’s and doctoral programs such as architecture, geography, political science, public administration, public policy, sociology, urban and regional planning, urban studies, economic development and related fields.

Urban Studies majors are encouraged to enroll in travel and study abroad programs. The department offers travel courses to Italy, the Ecuadorean Andes and Amazon, and the Galapagos Islands. These travel courses are developed with Urban and Regional Studies students in mind. For more information, please contact Urban and Regional Studies faculty directly, and or see the Urban and Regional Studies website. Students may study abroad (for semester or year long) or at other campuses in the United States through UW-Green Bay’s participation in international exchange programs and the National Student Exchange. For more information on these programs contact the Office of International Education at (920) 465-2190 or see http://www.uwgb.edu/international/.

Major

Supporting Courses7
Introduction to Urban Studies
Social Science Statistics
Business Statistics
Introductory Statistics
Upper-Level Core Courses12
Urban Politics and Policy
Urban Sociology
The City Through Time and Space
Urban Geography
Upper Level Electives12
Complete four of the following courses:
Community Politics
Transitioning to Sustainable Communities
Immigration and Immigration Policy
State and Local Government
Public Policy Analysis
Street Gangs in America
Urban and Regional Economics
Suburbs
Asian American Communities in the United States
Latino Communities in the United States
Transportation and the City
Urban Planning
Special Topics in Urban and Regional Studies
Senior Honors Project
Internship
Independent Study
Travel Course
Total Credits31

Minor

Supporting Courses7
Introduction to Urban Studies
Introductory Statistics
Upper-Level Courses15
Choose two of the following core courses:
Urban Sociology
Community Politics
The City Through Time and Space
Urban Geography
Choose three of the following electives:
Street Gangs in America
Urban Politics and Policy
Urban and Regional Economics
The City Through Time and Space
Asian American Communities in the United States
Latino Communities in the United States
Economics of Land Use
Community Economic Development
Transportation and the City
Urban Planning
Total Credits22

Curriculum Guide 

An example: Four year plan for Urban Studies Major
120 credits necessary to graduate.
Plan is a representation and categories of classes can be switched. Check with your advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
FallCredits
COMM 133 Fundamentals of Public Address 3
UR RE ST 100 Introduction to Urban Studies 3
WF 105 Research and Rhetoric 3
First Year Seminar 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Spring
POL SCI 312 Community Politics 3
MATH 260
Introductory Statistics
or Social Science Statistics
or Business Statistics
3-4
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
 Credits15-16
Sophomore
Fall
GEOG 250 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 2
SOCIOL 310 Urban Sociology 3
General Ed 3
UR RE ST Upper Level Elective 3
General Ed 3
 Credits14
Spring
UR RE ST 341 Urban Geography 3
UR RE ST Upper Level Elective 3
UR RE ST Upper Level Elective 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
 Credits15
Junior
Fall
UR RE ST Upper Level Elective 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
UR RE ST Upper Level Elective 3
Elective 3
General Ed 3
General Ed 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Senior
Fall
UR RE ST 431 Seminar in Urban and Regional Studies 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Spring
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits119-120

Ray Hutchison; Professor; Ph.D., University of Chicago, chair

Aaron C Weinschenk; Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee*

Marcelo P Cruz; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles

David J Helpap; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee*

Thomas S Nesslein; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington - Seattle