Minor in Urban Studies

About the Program

The Urban Studies Institute focuses on research and teaching in urban studies locally and globally. The emphasis is on cities as economic growth engines, on inclusive urban development, and on urban sustainability.

The world is becoming a smaller place and metropolitan areas dominate the global human landscape. It is where most people live (especially the young), where almost all new jobs are created, where affluence and deprivation coexist, and where innovation, planning, and politics are unavoidable parts of the dynamic scene.

The minor is open to all Georgia State University students. Students who wish to minor in urban studies must take 15 hours of courses. This will include two required courses offered within the Urban Studies Institute and three courses chosen from a list of possible electives.

Learning Objectives

- Be introduced to foundational urban studies theories and a multi-disciplinary approach;
- Be able to identify critical trends and problems within urban environments;
- Develop analytical tools to deconstruct contemporary debates and research;
- Discuss urban solutions and historical contexts from a multi-lenses perspective.

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Total of 15 credit hours :

(1). 6 credits in required core courses:

  • URB 3010, Contemporary U.S. Cities:

This course will introduce students to the study of U.S. cities; by discussing the historical growth and development of U.S. cities and metropolitan areas from the pre-industrial era through to the twenty-first century. Exploring a set of key, contemporary debates – all in the context of cities and the urban -- in the realm of social and economic justice, environmental sustainability, and closely related topics.

  • URB 3020, The Global Evolution of Cities:

The purpose of this course is to give students a global perspective on cities in different historical and geographical contexts and a sense of the evolution of cities. It focuses on themes such as the historical origins of urbanization; the political and ideological functions of cities; the city as creative milieu; the economic significance of cities, relations between cities and states, urban evolution trajectories, and the globalization of cities.

(2). 9 credits in electives- Elective Course Descriptions

  • ANTH 4200: Urban Anthropology (spring)
  • ANTH 4470: Visual Culture (fall)
  • CRJU 4720 Law, Justice, and Social Change
  • ECON 4300: Economics of Cities
  • ECON 4350: Economics of Poverty and Public Policy
  • HIST 4220: The American City
  • GEOG 4020: Urban Environments (spring)
  • GEOG 4518: Digital Cartography (fall)
  • GEOG 4768/ SOCI 4279/HIST 4320: Metropolitan Atlanta (spring)
  • GEOG 4764: Urban Geography (fall)
  • GEOG 4774: Contemporary Urban Theory & Issues (spring)
  • PH 4030: Social & Behavioral Dimensions of PH
  • PH 4050: Health Equity and Disparities: Urban and Global Health Challenges (fall)
  • PMAP 3011: Policy and Politics in the American City
  • PMAP 3111: Urban Political Economy (spring)
  • PMAP 3411: Contemporary Planning
  • PMAP 4401: Urban Demography and Analysis (spring)
  • PMAP 4421: GIS Application to Planning and Policy Analysis (fall)
  • PMAP 4451: Economic Development Policy
  • RE 3010: Real Estate Principles
  • RE 4050: Real Estate Development
  • SOCI 3201: Wealth, Power, and Inequality
  • SOCI 3212: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOCI 4226: Urban Sociology (fall)
  • SOCI 4380: Educational Sociology
  • SOCI 3390: Special Topics (Housing & Inequality)
  • SW 4350 Economics of Poverty
  • WGSS 3040: Globalization & Gender

* Other electives possible, in consultation with department- urban@gsu.edu

To register students should:

  • Contact their academic advisor in their major/college and talk to them about how these 15 credits can be incorporated into their major program of study. If your degree does not allow minors to be attached to your major, we still welcome you to take the courses in these minor areas to further enhance and supplement your portfolio of skills and resume.

If you would like to meet with an advisor to discuss this minor, please contact our Office of Academic Assistance.

Registration is open for fall for the first required minor course- URB 3010- via on Go Solar .