Urban Studies Degree Plan (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Degree planning worksheet     2015-17 Course Offerings   

The Urban Studies curriculum consists of 68 credits of required courses:

  • Introductory courses (13 credits)
  • Core courses (30 credits)
  • Formal option (18-20 credits, depending on option)

In addition to the courses required by the major, you are required to complete general education requirements and electives for a total of 180 credits. Transfer students can bring up to 105 lower-division credits into the program. Students admitted to URB prior to Autumn 2015 can continue under the current plan (below) or the previous plan under which you were admitted.

Introductory Courses

Core Courses (30 credits)

Foundational Courses (20 credits, all required)

  • T URB 220 Introduction to Urban Planning (5)
  • T URB 316 Cities and Citizenship (5)
  • T URB 345 Urban Governance (5)
  • T URB 432 Understanding Metropolitan Regions (5) or T URB 324 Regional Economics (5) - Spring 2016 & 2017 only

Methods Requirement

  • T URB 225 Statistics for Urban Analysis (5) or T GIS 311 Maps & GIS (6)
  • T URB 350 Introduction to Urban Research (5) (Prerequisite: T URB 101)

Formal Options

Students need to declare one of the following two formal options.  To delcare your option, contact an academic advisor.

Global Urbanism
(select 4 courses)

Community Development and Planning
(select 4 courses)

T URB 210 Urban Society and Culture (5)

T URB 235 Community Development (5)  

T URB 250 Immigration, Race, American Cities (5)

T URB 312 Race/Poverty in Urban America (5) 

T URB 305 Data and the City (3)        

T URB 340 Urban Social Change (5)

T SUD 444 Green Internationalism (5)

T URB 480, Housing in America (5)

T URB 430 Pacific Rim Cities (5)

T SUD 475 Community and Economy (5)

With permission from the program, honor students may take the Urban Studies capstone course T URB 492 Urban Studies Seminar.  Contact advisor for details.

General Electives

You may use your general electives to focus on an in-depth area of study (i.e. minor or certificate) or to explore the liberal arts, business, social work or health-related fields. Upper-division transfer credits from other four-year institutions may apply to the elective category. Your academic advisor can evaluate transcripts upon request.

Below is a list of electives offered by Urban Studies, but not required as part of the major.

Course descriptions

T URB 110 Intro to Digital Urban Data Analysis (5)
T URB 201 Urban Change and Development (5)
T URB 211 Smart Cities (5)
T URB 260 Urban Design Studio (5)
T URB 314 Gender and the Urban Landscape (5)
T URB 315 Homes, Housing and Homelessness (3)
T URB 318 Organizing Communities (3)
T URB 325 Urban Transportation: Problems and Prospects (3)
T URB 360 The African American Urban Experience (5)
T URB 470* Creating the Urban Narrative (5) *(formerly T URB 370)
T URB 379 Urban Field Experience (3)
T URB 410 Environmental Equity (5)
T URB 425 Spatial Statistics (5)
T URB 479 Planning and Development in the Puget Sound Region (3)
T URB 490 Special Topics in Urban Studies (5, max. 15)
T URB 494 Urban Research (1-15, max. 15)
T URB 496 Community Service Project (3-15, max. 15)
T URB 498 Urban Studies Internship (3-15, max. 15)