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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

College of Letters and Science

Urban Studies

Jasmine A. Alinder, Associate Professor of History, Program Director
James Harris, Ph.D., Associate Director
NWQ B, Room 5482
Phone: (414) 229-4751
Fax: (414) 229-5942

The urban studies program offers both an undergraduate major through the Committee Interdisciplinary Major and an undergraduate certificate in urban studies. For information on the Urban Studies Certificate, see the L&S Certificate Programs section of this catalog.

Urban Studies Major

The urban studies major provides the opportunity for students to explore scholarship on cities, suburban communities, and metropolitan regions with an interdisciplinary lens. Coursework in the major is drawn from the affiliated areas of geography, history, political science (and courses that formerly were part of political science that now are offered in public administration), sociology, and urban planning, in addition to urban studies. Although interdisciplinary, the field of urban studies encompasses a distinct body of knowledge, one that combines both theoretical and applied approaches to understanding urban processes. The major is designed to be flexible in order to allow the student to develop a strong foundation from the core courses and then build a set of elective courses that address particular urban histories and problems from different disciplines, depending on student interest and future goals.

Four required urban studies courses form the foundation of the major: Urb Std 150 Multicultural America, a core course in which students conduct service learning by working in an urban organization or agency; one of two urban studies survey courses; a theory course on urbanism and urbanization; and a capstone course (Urb Std 600) taken in the senior year. Students also take a statistics courses, which is a standard requirement for social science majors. In addition, students complete five elective courses selected from urban studies and approved courses in the affiliated areas. Student internships (Urb Std 289 or 489) are encouraged strongly. Students also are encouraged to participate in and present at various urban studies-sponsored events, such as the annual Urban Studies Student Forum conference and the Henry W. Maier State of Milwaukee Summit, and to contribute to the epolis ejournal (currently, each issue includes one paper from an undergraduate).

Urban Studies prepares students for careers in nonprofit organizations, government, business, education, law, and social work. Students who major in Urban Studies are equipped for graduate study in many fields, including the social sciences and the professional fields of urban planning and law.

To declare a major in Urban Studies, students make an appointment with the Urban Studies Associate Director in order to complete the “declaration of major” form.

Course of Study
The Urban Studies major requires a minimum of 30-31 credits, including at least 18 credits in the College of Letters and Science with coursework from at least two L&S departments. No more than 9 credits in a single curricular area outside of urban studies may count toward the major. Sociol 377, which is jointly offered in the Urb Std curricular area, will count as an Urb Std course for this purpose. Students must complete at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 and above) L&S courses for the major in residence at UWM. In addition, students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all UWM credits attempted for the major. The College also requires that students attain a 2.5 GPA in all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. The following are required.


Urb Std 150

Multicultural America, which includes conducting service learning at an urban organization


SURVEY COURSE: 3 cr. (one of the following)

Urb Std 250

Exploring the Urban Environment


Urb Std 360 Perspectives on the Urban Scene (any topic) 3

STATISTICS: 3-4 cr. (one of the following)

Geog 247

Quantitative Analysis in Geography


Hist 595 The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data 3

Pol Sci 390

Political Data Analysis


Sociol 261 Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology 3
Or equivalent course approved by the program director.

THEORY, 3 cr.

Sociol/Urb Std 377 Urbanism and Urbanization 3


Urb Std 600 Capstone Seminar in Urban Studies (satisfies L&S research requirement) 3
Or equivalent course approved by the program director.

ELECTIVES, 15 cr: Selected from the following courses or other appropriate courses approved by the program director. (No more than nine credits from the same department outside of urban studies may apply to the 30-31-credit minimum in the major.)

Urb Std All courses
UrbPlan All courses
Geog 114 Geography of Race in the United States
Geog 140    Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography
Geog 215 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
Geog 440 City Systems and Metropolitan Development
Geog 441  Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas
Geog 443    Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
Geog 464 Environmental Problems
Geog 520

Physical Geography of the City

Geog 525 Geographic Information Science
Geog 540 Globalization and the City
Geog 564 Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Geog 625   Intermediate Geographic Information Science
Hist 192 Freshman Seminar: "The 'Burbs': History of the American Suburbs" subtitle
Hist 404 Topics in American History: "Big City Life Viewed Through HBO's The Wire subtitle
Hist 436    Immigrant America Since 1880
Hist 440 History of the American Working Class
Hist 446 African Americans Since the Civil War
Hist 450 Growth of Metropolitan Milwaukee
Hist 460

The History of Poverty in America

Hist 463 History of the American City
Pol Sci 213 Urban Government and Politics
Pol Sci 387 Seminar in American Politics: "Urban Politics" subtitle
Pol Sci 413 Governing Metropolitan Areas
Pol Sci 444 Politics and Bureaucracy
Pol Sci 450 Urban Political Problems
Pol Sci 452 Administrative Law
Pub Adm (Pol Sci) 243 Public Administration
Sociol 193 Freshman Seminar: "College in the City" subtitle
Sociol 224 American Minority Groups
Sociol 235 Social Change in the Global Economy
Sociol 307 Industrial Sociology
Sociol 323 Perspectives on Latino Communities
Sociol 324 Comparative Race Relations
Sociol 325

Social Change

Sociol 330 Economy and Society
Sociol 423 Immigration and Incorporation: (all topics)
Sociol 450 Environmental Sociology
Sociol 472 Population and Society
Sociol 610

Reproduction of Minority Communities

Courses (URB STD)


Jasmine Alinder, Assoc. Prof. Ph.D., History

Margo J. Anderson, Prof. Ph.D., History
Rutgers University

A. Aneesh, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
Rutgers University

Anne Bonds, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Geography
University of Washington

Marcus Britton, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
Northwestern University

Rina Ghose, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Geography
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Donald E. Green, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of Minnesota

James Harris, Sr. Lect., Ph.D., Urban Studies
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Ryan Holifield, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Geography
University of Minnesota

Douglas M. Ihrke, Prof., Ph.D., Public and Nonprofit Administration
Northern Illinois University

Jennifer R. Jordan, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of California, San Diego

Judith T. Kenny, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Geography
Syracuse University

Marc V. Levine, Prof., Ph.D., History
University of Pennsylvania

Nancy Mathiowetz, Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of Michigan

Genevieve McBride, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., History
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Linda McCarthy, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Geography
University of Minnesota

Rhonda Montgomery, Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of Minnesota

Stacey J. Oliker, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of California, Berkeley

Joel Rast, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Political Science
University of Oregon

Kent Redding, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Lex Renda, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., History
University of Virginia

Joseph A. Rodríguez, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., History
University of California, Berkeley

Amanda Seligman, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., History
Northwestern University

Paru R. Shah, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Political Science
Rice University

Heeju Shin, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of Texas at Austin

Robert Smith, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., History
Bowling Green State University

Kristin Sziarto, Asst. Prof., Ph.D., Geography
University of Minnesota

William Vélez, Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
Yale University

Frank H. Wilson, Prof., Ph.D., Sociology
University of Michigan

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