Undergraduate Catalog 2013-14

Majors

General Studies (BGS) with a concentration in Urban Studies (GUS)

Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 24.0106

Innovative Education

http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/bachelor-of-general-studies/urban-studies.aspx

Major Description

USF's Bachelor of General Studies Degree (BGS) is a customized, interdisciplinary degree completion that provides students with options to choose an appropriate academic program that fits their educational and professional goals. The BGS program will provide mid-career adult students with the opportunity to integrate completion of the baccalaureate degree into their established lifestyle.

BGS students will take an active role in creating their academic programs. Rather than choosing a traditional major, BGS students can choose from a number of established plans of study or can create their own individualized plan of study. BGS students complete 24-27 credits (core courses and electives) within a selected concentration in addition to their other degree requirements.

Concentration Description

The Urban Studies concentration offers students the opportunity to supplement their education and training with a focus on the problems and potential of the urban world around us. Understanding the economic, social, cultural, political and spatial phenomena of urban areas, and how they came to be, is essential if one is to thrive in today's world.

Total Major Hours: 24 Hours

Major Core Courses - 3 Hours

College EXIT Requirement:

Concentration Core Courses - 6 Hours

Concentration Requirements:
  • URS 3002 Introduction to Urban Studies
  • PAD 3003 Introduction to Public Administration

Concentration Elective Courses - 15 Hours

Choose 6 credits from the following:
  • URP 4050 City Planning and Community Development
  • URP 4052 Urban and Regional Planning
  • URP XXXX Approved course with an URP or URS XXXX Approved course with an URS prefix
Choose 9 credits from the following:

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 or IDS 4914 courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office for Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

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