Program goals

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Overall goals

  • Provide students with a broad understanding of the problems and prospects of our metropolitan areas
  • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers related to the multi-faceted nature of urban studies
  • To serve as a resource, through service and research, to communities in the South Sound region

Specific objectives

  • Provide students with an understanding of the form and function of cities
  • Instill an awareness of problems and issues confronting metropolitan areas
  • Create an interdisciplinary curriculum that allows students to understand the complex inter-relationships that make up the urban environment and permits them to approach problems from a variety of perspectives
  • Equip students with the analytical skills needed to undertake research in an urban milieu

Keeping in mind these goals, graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Approach urban issues from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Apply analytic and quantitative skills to assess and develop strategies to resolve urban issues
  • Compare and contrast approaches used in designing and undertaking research in urban studies
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate appreciation for diverse nature of urban populations and social justice issues many of these populations face