This track offers in-depth understanding of urban socio-spatial conditions and the forces shaping urban environments. Students explore urban growth and decline in developed countries and in the global south with attention to urban landscapes, urban cultures, political dynamics of urban communities, urban poverty, ethnic segregation, migration, transportation, housing, and the fiscal dilemmas faced by cities. This track prepares students for careers with state and metropolitan governments in public policy, city planning, regional development, and transportation planning, as well as diverse positions in the non-profit and private sectors.
Students selecting this track must take the following course:
GRG 307c Intro to Urban StudiesStudents must also take any 3 of the following courses:
GRG 309 (when topic is appropriate)
GRG 336 Contemporary Cultural Geography
GRG 337 The Modern American City
GRG 356T Topics (when the topic is urban, e.g. Urban Publics)
GRG 358 Cities in Developing Countries
GRG 360L Spatial Analysis (may not be used to both meet track requirement and techniques core requirement)
GRG 379L Practicum: Internships in Applied Geography (with appropriate focus)
Students may use the honors thesis sequence (GRG 679HA/HB) to meet one of the track requirements, again with an appropriate topic.
Note: In addition to the above, all geography majors must also complete the core requirements in Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Techniques.
Minors for Urban Geography
Urban geographers and regional analysts should consider minoring in economics, government or sociology.