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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014


College of Letters and Science


Urban Studies Certificate

James Harris, Associate Director, Urban Studies Programs, Coordinator, NWQ B, Room 5482., (414) 229-4629, jmh@uwm.edu

The Certificate in Urban Studies provides the undergraduate student with a coordinated core of courses that focus on urban issues and policy alternatives examined from a variety of humanistic, social scientific, and professional perspectives. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of gender, racial, and ethnic diversity within the context of urban policy choices and delivery. This certificate will be of interest especially to those students considering careers in urban areas and as a supplement to majors in the arts and sciences or professions.

The urban studies certificate program is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM, to students who previously have received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university, and to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this subject. To be admitted to the university as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements.

Program Requirements

  1. Completion of 18 credits in approved urban studies courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  2. Completion of Urb Std 250 (Exploring the Urban Environment), Urb Std 193 (First-Year Seminar), or Urb Std 360 (Perspectives on the Urban Scene).
  3. Of the 18 credits, 6 must be in the humanities and 6 in the social sciences, and 9 must be at the 300 level or above taken in residence at UWM. It is recommended that the student also complete one course in the natural sciences.
  4. No more than 9 credits from any one department outside Urban Studies may count toward the certificate.
  5. A maximum of 6 credits in independent study may be taken. In the senior year, a student may plan an independent study course to synthesize previous work in urban studies.
  6. An internship in Urb Std 289 or 489 is recommended highly.
  7. While students may elect courses outside the College of Letters and Science to count toward the certificate, at least 12 credits must be completed in L&S courses, at least 6 of these at the 300 level or above.
  8. Credits earned at other institutions in equivalent urban studies programs and accepted by UWM as transfer credits may count in partial fulfillment of the certificate requirements.

Urban Studies Approved Courses

The following courses in the College of Letters and Science are approved to count toward the Urban Studies Certificate. Each semester, the Advisory Committee will review and approve variable content course sections for the Certificate. Contact the Urban Studies Program for the most current list of approved courses.

Africol 300 Urban Violence

Africol 319 History of Blacks in the American City

Africol 341 Black Politics and City Government

Africol 372 African American Literary Movements: Harlem Renaissance

Anthro 022 Ancient Cities of the Americas

Anthro 431 Urban Anthropology

Arch 584 Urban Landscape Architecture

ArtHist 106 Art Cities of Europe

ArtHist 360 Modern Architecture II: The Rise of Modern Architecture

ArtHist 361 Modern Architecture III: Contemporary Architecture

ArtHist 412 Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece

ArtHist 425 Romanesque Architecture

ArtHist 426 French Gothic Architecture

ArtHist 429 English Medieval Architecture

ArtHist 431 Renaissance Architecture in Italy

ArtHist 458 A Comparative History of Architecture and Urbanism: (Subtitle)

ArtHist 459 American Architecture

ArtHist 461 Early Modern Architecture in the Midwest

ArtHist 462 Frank Lloyd Wright

CompLit 230 Literature and Society: (Subtitle)

CompLit 232 Literature and Politics: (Subtitle)

Crm Jst 370 Criminal Justice Administration

Crm Just 372 Criminal Justice Policy and Community

Dance 370 World Movement Traditions: "Hip Hop" subtitle

Econ 323 Urban Economics

Ed Pol 113 The Milwaukee Community

Ed Pol 114 Community Problems

Ed Pol 203 Communities and Neighborhoods in America

Ed Pol 401 Foundations of Community-Based Organizations

Ed Pol 500 Sociology and the Policy of Urban Communities and Schools

Ed Pol 503 Foundations of Community-Based Organizations

Ed Pol 507 Action Research on Milwaukee Institutions

English 248 Literature and Contemporary Life: "Mapping the City" subtitle

English 394 Theories of Mass Culture

Geog 114 Geography of Race

Geog 140 Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography

Geog 297 Study Abroad: "Urban Environmental Changes in Guatemala" subtitle

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 497 Study Abroad: "Urban Environmental Changes in Guatemala" subtitle

Geog 520 Physical Geography of the City

Geog 540 Globalization and the City

Geog 564 Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice

Geo Sci 465 Advanced Environmental Geology

Geo Sci 466 Advanced Environmental Geology Laboratory

German 647 Seminar on Themes and Motifs in German Literature: "Cities of the German-Speaking World" and "Stories from Urban Landscapes of Ireland and Germany" subtitles

Global 321 The Global City in History

Global 421 Cities in the Global Economy

Hist 192 Freshman Seminar: "Living in Ancient Rome"; "The Burbs: History of American Suburbs" subtitles

Hist 200 Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: "Making of the American Ghetto" subtitle

Hist 303 A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State

Hist 307 A History of Rome: The Republic

Hist 308 A History of Rome: The Empire

Hist 371 Topics in European History: Rome in the Age of Constantine - Society and Culture" subtitle

Hist 404 Topics in American History: "The Wire" subtitle+

Hist 436 Immigrant America Since 1880

Hist 440 History of the American Working Classes

Hist 450 Growth of Metropolitan Milwaukee

Hist 460 History of Poverty

Hist 463 History of the American City

Hist 595 The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data

Hist 600 Seminar in History: "American Suburban History" and "Milwaukee and the World" subtitles

Linguis 432 Urban Dialects

Philos 237 Technology, Values and Society

Philos 355 Political Philosophy

Pol Sci 213 Urban Government and Politics

Pol Sci 387 Seminar in American Politics: "Municipal Finance" subtitle

Pol Sci 413 Governing Metropolitan Areas

Pol Sci 450 Urban Political Problems

Pol Sci 452 Administrative Law

Soc Wrk 205 Social Welfare: A Societal Imperative

Soc Wrk 206 Society, Poverty and Welfare Programs

Soc Wrk 630 Women, Poverty and Welfare Reform

Sociol 193 Freshman Seminar: "College in the City" subtitle

Sociol 224 American Minority Groups

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 377 Urbanism and Urbanization

Sociol 450 Environmental Sociology

Sociol 472 Population and Society

Sociol 495 Seminar in Sociology: "International Urban Sociology" subtitle

Sociol 603 Urban Minority Communities

Sociol 604 Research in Urban Minority Communities: (Subtitle)

Sociol 610 Reproduction of Minority Communities

Theatre 305 The Theatre Experience: "Out and About in Milwaukee" Subtitle

UrbPlan All U and U/G courses

Urb Std All U and U/G courses

Wmns 489 Feminism in the City: Internship in Women's Studies

Awarding of Certificate

Students currently involved in baccalaureate studies who complete the requirements of the program successfully will be awarded the certificate at the time of graduation. Post-baccalaureate and non-degree students will receive the certificate upon successful completion of the program requirements.


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