Urban Studies Minor


Summer and Fall 2022 Urban Studies Course Offerings

What is the Urban Studies Minor?

Urban Studies is an 18 credit hour interdisciplinary minor program that facilitates the exploration of cities and urban processes through an array of disciplinary lenses. The program prepares students to better understand, and be able to effectively address as professionals and citizens, the complex challenges presented by urbanization and the rapid pace of change in 21st century cities.

A minor in Urban Studies requires completion of 18 credit hours from the following elective courses: ANTH 2125 Urban Anthropology (3), GEOG 2165 Patterns of World Urbanization (3), GEOG 3100 The City and Its Region (3), GEOG 3205 Internal Structure of the City (3), HIST 3280 Blacks in Urban America (3), HIST 3281 American Cities (3), POLS 3121 Urban Politics and Policy (3) or GEOG 3110 Urban Political Geography (3), SOCY 4125 Urban Sociology (3), URBS 2200 Introduction to Urban Studies (3)* or GEOG 2200 Introduction to Urban Studies (3)*, URBS 3050 Topics in Urban Studies (3). *May count toward LBST 2101 credit

  • Students may also count up to 9 hours of other courses that have a significant urban focus with the prior permission of the Director of the Minor in Urban the Fall 2018 semester.
  • With prior permission from the Urban Studies director, students may also select from: URBS 3801 Independent Study in Urban Studies (1-3) and/or URBS 4401 Internship in Urban Studies (3).
  • Of their total 18 hours, students should take no more than 6 hours of coursework in any one disciplinary area.

What Can an Urban Studies Minor Do For You?

  • Prepares students for careers in the Public, Private and Non-profit sectors.
    A minor in urban studies provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing careers such as architecture, land-use or community planning, law, public policy and administration, education, law enforcement, community organizing, transportation, housing and commercial development, real estate, political service, social work, journalism and research.
  • Broadens students’ range of analytical tools. 
    Students who minor in urban studies will have the opportunity to explore cities through multiple lenses of analysis. A course in architecture exposes students to an urban design perspective; a course in urban politics engages the student in questions of public policy and public service provision and courses in geography address issues of urban planning and spatial analysis. Courses in history provide temporal context and historical insight while courses in sociology and anthropology introduce students to the social dynamics and cultural complexity of urban life.
  • Facilitates exposure to both traditional academic and applied analysis. 
    Course work in urban history, sociology and anthropology introduces students to theory development and evaluation and builds skills of critical thinking and analysis. Course work in architecture, politics and geography additionally emphasizes the ways in which urban practitioners identify and work to solve urban problems and challenges.
  • Allows students to become both generalists and specialists.
    A major in history or anthropology or sociology, for example, provides students’ with a broad based social science liberal arts degree, while a minor in urban studies allows further specialization in cities.
  • Deepens students’ appreciation and understanding of urban problems and promise.
    Housing, homelessness, sustainable development, urban design, architecture, transportation, poverty, urban health, crime, local government, architectural history, urban sprawl, race relations, urban history, economic restructuring, urban revitalization and growth management are examples of issues explored in the courses offered within the urban studies minor.
  • Prepares students for both professional and civic roles in the improvement of the quality of urban life. 
    The interdisciplinary focus of the urban studies minor prepares students to better understand and be able to effectively address, as both professionals and citizens, the many challenges presented by the rapid pace of urban change in the 21st Century.


Should you have any questions, or wish to enroll in the Urban Studies Minor contact:
Dr. Heather Smith, Director Urban Studies Minor
Email: heatsmit@uncc.edu  
For AY 20/21 Office: Levine Hall 288 
For AY 20/21 Phone: 704‑687‑8051