Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Urban Studies

24-26 Credit Hours

College of Arts & Sciences


Certificate Description

The Urban Studies Certificate offers students the opportunity to supplement their education and training with a focus on the problems and potentials of the urban world around us. Eighty percent of Americans live in one of the country's nearly 400 major metropolitan areas. 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. The Urban Studies curriculum begins with an interdisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies and then weaves the multidisciplinary urban offerings into a coherent understanding of urban life. The Urban Studies Coordinator helps each student fashion a curriculum that meets his/her unique intellectual and career needs. The curriculum, through its courses and internship possibilities, focuses on the "real world," thus providing students with a valuable foundation for their career planning and advancement. With the help of the Urban Studies Coordinator, students can design concentrations in urban planning, urban management, community development, community organizing, etc.

Total Certificate Hours - 24-26 Hours

Core Courses - 12-14 Hours

Core Courses (9-10 credit hours):

Courses may have prerequisites within the discipline.

Methods Courses (select one of the following (3-4 credits hours):

Courses may have prerequisites within the discipline.

Elective Courses - 12 Hours

Select four from the following list or from the core courses not counted above:

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication
    • SPC 3710 Communication and Cultural Diversity
    • SPC 4714 Communication, Culture and Community
  • Criminology
    • CCJ 3014 Crime and Justice in America
    • CCJ 3024 Survey of the Criminal Justice System
    • CCJ 3117 Theories of Criminal Behavior
    • CCJ 3621 Patterns of Criminal Behavior
    • CCJ 4450 Criminal Justice Administration
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
    • POS 2112 State and Local Government and Politics
    • POS 3182 Florida Politics and Government
  • Public Administration
    • PAD 3003 Introduction to Public Administration
    • PAD 4144 Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy
    • PAD 4204 Public Financial Administration
    • PAD 5807 Urban and Local Government Administration
  • Social Work
    • SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System
  • Sociology
  • Internships (one of the following can be substituted as an ELECTIVE)