Urban Studies

The Urban Studies minor offers students a concentration in social sciences applied to urban issues. It can be used for preparation for employment in social service administration, service planning, policy development, or local government administration. It can also be used for preparation for graduate studies in planning, urban studies, urban geography, urban politics, or urban sociology.


Course Descriptions

Urban Studies Minor Requirements

Total Required: 21-24 Credits

Basic requirements (6 cr)
GEOG 201   Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning
GEOG 377   Urban Geography

One course chosen from the following (3 cr)
SOCL 217  S/U/Urban Sociology
SOCL 220  U/Inequality, Class, and Poverty
SOCL 230  S/U/Race and Ethnicity
SOCL 241  S/The Individual and Society

One course chosen from the following (3 cr)
PLSC 372   Community, State, and Regional Politics
PLSC 374   Public Administration
PLSC 416   Political Power in American Cities

At least three electives chosen from the following, from at least two different prefixes (9-12 cr)
* Includes PLSC and SOCL courses listed above
ANTH 216   S/M/ Race, Racism and the Black Experience in the Americas
COMN 317   Intercultural Communication
ECON 376   Labor Economics
ENGL 432   Metropolis
ENVR 350   Urban Environmental Issues in Latin America
GEOG 286   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 350   Urban Historical Geography
GEOG 487   Urban Issues Senior Seminar
HIST 250   S/U/Work and Workers in America
HIST 264   S/U/United States Immigration History
HIST 410   The Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 1877-1918
HIST 413   Black Power and Structural Inequality in Post-1945
PLSC 412   American Social Welfare Policy
PLSC 414   American Public Policy
PSYC 275   S/Environmental Psychology
SOCL 347   Criminology & Juvenile Delinquency
WGST 310   Race, Class, and Gender
Note: Urban Studies Internships may be used to satisfy the requirements of one elective course (up to 3 credits).

Recent Directed Studies

  • GIS Analysis of Redevelopment and Gentrification in Red Hook, Brooklyn
  • Government Subsidized Housing Assistance and Benefits to Social and Community Growth
  • Patterns of and Motivations for Student Participation in Planning a College Town: Geneseo, NY
  • Solar Energy in Rochester’s Crescent of Poverty: A GIS Analysis of Public Housing Potential
  • Urban School Choice: Problems & Prospects
  • Urban Transit & Development in Minneapolis/St. Paul

For further information and/or to enroll in the Urban Studies minor, contact:
Jennifer Rogalsky
Bailey Hall 227
E-Mail: rogalsky@geneseo.edu
Phone: (585) 245-6197