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Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
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Urban Affairs Minor

The university offers a multidisciplinary minor in urban affairs under the auspices of the anthropology, geography, economics, history, political science, psychology, sociology and criminal justice departments. The primary purpose of this minor is to provide students with a broader understanding of and sensitivity to the complex problems facing the urban environment through the combined efforts of different disciplines at the university. The minor, through its internship program, is designed to provide students with an opportunity for direct contact and work in fields such as urban planning, urban government, social welfare, social psychology and urban education.

Some examples of internships, which are assigned according to the abilities, interests and background of the student and the current needs of the cooperating communities or agencies, are:

  • Department of Geography

City and regional planning; economic development, land use, environmental protection, transportation studies, cartography/drafting, business/bank locations and market studies.

  • Department of History

Working with historical affairs commissions, assisting community organizations in oral history projects and writing about local history.

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Working in human services agencies, survey research in public institutions, work in community organizations and voluntary agencies.

For additional information concerning the Urban Affairs Minor, contact Dr. Sandra Clark, Department of Geography.

Course Requirements

Courses taken to satisfy requirements of a major may not be counted in the minor. Students interested in this program are encouraged to take their general education electives in the area of minority studies.

Applied study (6 credits)

Complete a six-credit internship (eight weeks, full-time; or 16 weeks, half-time)


Complete two courses, selected from the following:

Total minimum credits: 18