Urban Studies (BS)

Urban

This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2020–Spring 2021 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Urban and Public Affairs
Academic Plan Code(s): US_ _BS

Program Information

Urban Studies explores the social, economic, political, and spatial structures of cities through multiple disciplinary lenses, focusing on issues, problems, and solutions for urban areas through planning, policy, and administration.  The BS in Urban Studies is housed within the Department of Urban and Public Affairs in partnership with the Department of Geography and Geosciences and the Department of Sociology.

The undergraduate degree program in Urban Studies is designed to educate, train, and prepare students for future careers in municipal and metropolitan‐related occupations, such as public administrators, policy analysts, community development specialists, or planning technicians.  The program will also give students a strong foundation for future graduate training in affiliated disciplines, including urban planning, public administration, geography, or sociology.

The Department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in four different tracks:

  • Urban Administration: designed for students with interests in management, human resources, budgeting, and governance.
  • Urban Geography: designed for students with interests in place dynamics, human-spatial interactions, and GIS.
  • Urban Planning: designed for students with interests in land development and related topics, such as housing, design, and real estate.
  • Urban Sociology: designed for students with interests in human and group interactions within an urban or metropolitan context.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13
Program/Major Requirements29
Supporting Courses33
Track Requirements15
Minimum Total Hours121

Admission Requirements

Students will be selected through the standard University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences admissions process. 

The application for major form can be found on the Arts and Sciences Advising Center website

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements 131

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree. 

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Foreign Language 26-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above 36
WR-two approved courses at the 300 level or above 4
Minimum Total Hours13-15

Program/Major Requirements

Department of Urban & Public Affairs - Required Core Courses
URBS 201The Making of Urban Places3
URBS 202Discover Louisville3
URBS 301Principles of Urban Planning3
URBS 302Foundations of Urban Administration3
SOC 305Urban Sociology3
GEOG 328Urban Geography3
URBS 504Urban Data Analysis3
URBS 518Urban Demography and GIS3
URBS 404Community Engagement - CUE5
Minimum Total Hours29
Supporting Courses
Electives in Social Sciences at the 300 level or above 521
Additional Electives12
Minimum Total Hours33
Track Requirements (see Track Requirements tab)15
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Community Engagement - CUE

Track Requirements 

Track in Urban Administration

Academic Plan Code(s): US_BS_ADM

Select five courses from the following:15
Globalization and Diversity - D2, SB
Economic Development
Peace, Justice & Conflict Transformation
Mediation & Conflict Transformation
State Government
Public Policy
Social Theory - WR
Diversity and Inequality
Environmental Management
Behavioral Dimensions of Environmental Decision-Making
Policy and Governance in Sustainability - WR

Track in Urban Geography

Academic Plan Code(s): US_BS_GEO

Select five courses from the following:15
Human Geography in a Changing World - D2, SB
Globalization and Diversity - D2, SB
Race and Place
Economic Geography
Population Geography
Environmental Conflict in the United States: Historical Foundations & Contemporary Problems - D1, SBH
Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Qualitative Methods for Undergraduates

Track in Urban Planning

Academic Plan Code(s): US_BS_PLA

Select five courses from the following:15
Race and Place
Economic Geography
Population Geography
Introduction to Spatial Statistics
Qualitative Methods for Undergraduates
Mediation & Conflict Transformation
Urban Economics
Diversity and Inequality
Environmental Sociology
Sustainable Built Environment
Sustainable Societal Systems

Track in Urban Sociology

Academic Plan Code(s): US_BS_SOC

Select five courses from the following:15
Introduction to Sociology - SB
Environmental Sociology
Social Theory - WR
Diversity and Inequality
Sociology of Gender
Sociology of Families
Sociology of Deviant Behavior
Medical Sociology
Faces of Global Poverty - WR
Race and Ethnicity - CUE, WR
Sociology of Education - CUE, WR

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
Foreign Language 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - B 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Spring
Foreign Language 3-4
ENGL 102 Intermediate College Writing - WC 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall
URBS 201 The Making of Urban Places 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences - SB 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Oral Communication - OC 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
URBS 202 Discover Louisville 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Historical Perspectives - SBH 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Natural Science/Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
URBS 301 Principles of Urban Planning 3
URBS 504 Urban Data Analysis 3
SOC 305 Urban Sociology 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Natural Science/Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Spring
URBS 302 Foundations of Urban Administration 3
URBS 518 Urban Demography and GIS 3
GEOG 328 Urban Geography 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Natural Science/Humanities Elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
URBS: Concentration 3
URBS: Concentratation 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
URBS 404 Community Engagement - CUE 5
 Hours14
Spring
URBS: Concentration 3
URBS: Concentration 3
URBS: Concentration 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
Social Sciences Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121