This track offers in-depth understanding of the forces shaping urban environments. Students explore: city landscapes, urban growth and decline, urban cultures, the political dynamics of neighborhoods, urban poverty, ethnic segregation, migration, transportation, housing, and the fiscal dilemmas of 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 private sector.
Students selecting this track must take the following course:
GRG 307c Intro into Urban Studies
Students must also take any 3 of the following courses:
GRG 309 (when topic is appropriate)
GRG 337 The Modern American City
GRG 356T Topics (when the topic is urban, eg Culture of Cities)
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 (when appropriate)
Students may use the honors thesis sequence (GRG 679HA/HB) to meet one or more track requirements.
Note: In addition to the above, all geography majors must also complete the core requirements in Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Techniques.
Minors for The City
Urban geographers and regional analysts should consider minoring in economics, government or sociology.