Undergraduate Certificate

The Urban Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program provides the undergraduate student with a coordinated set of courses which 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 particular interest to those students considering careers or graduate work in urban areas and as a supplement to majors in the arts and sciences or professions.

Eligibility for the Program

The Certificate Program in Urban Studies is open to all students seeking a bachelor's degree from UWM and to students who previously have received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university.

To declare the certificate in Urban Studies, make an appointment with the Urban Studies Associate Director, Dr. Jamie Harris (jmh@uwm.edu) at 229-4629. Students may print out the certificate declaration form and complete the top portion to bring with them to their meeting along with a current transcript.

Requirements

  • At least 18 credits in approved Urban Studies courses with a minimum grade point average of 2.5.
  • Completion of Urban Studies 250 (Exploring the Urban Environment), Urban Studies 193 (Freshman Seminar) or Urban Studies 360 (Perspectives on the Urban Scene).
  • Completion of 6 credits in the humanities and 6 in the social sciences from approved Urban Studies related courses.
  • One course is recommended in the natural sciences.
  • No more than 9 credits from any one department outside Urban Studies and a maximum of 6 credits in independent study courses may be applied to the certificate requirements.
  • In the senior year, a student may plan an independent study course to synthesize previous work in Urban Studies.
  • An internship in Urban Studies 289 or 489 is recommended highly.
  • 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 and at least 6 of these must be at the 300 level or above. A total of 9 credits at the 300 level or above must be taken in residence at UWM. 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 Certificate Courses

The following courses in the College of Letters and Science are approved to count toward the Urban Studies Certificate. Additional classes may be found each semester in the schedule of classes and on the list in the USP office.

Africology
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
Anthopology
Anthro 431: Urban Anthropology
Anthro 022: Ancient Cities of the Americas
Art History
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
ArtHist 459: American Architecture
ArtHist 461: Early Modern American Architecture in Midwest
ArtHist 462: Frank Lloyd Wright
Biological Sciences
BioSci 204: Urban Horticulture
Comparative Literature
CompLit 230: Literature and Society
CompLit 232: Literature and Politics
Criminal Justice
CrmJst 370: Criminal Justice Administration
CrmJst 372: Criminal Justice Policy and Community
CrmJst 674: History of Criminal Justice
Economics
Econ 323: Urban Economics
Education Policy and Community Studies
EdPol 113: The Milwaukee Community
EdPol 114: Community Problems
EdPol 203: Communities and Neighborhoods in America
EdPol 500: Sociology and the Policy of Urban Communities and Schools
EdPol 503: Foundations of Community-Based Organizations
EdPol 507: Action Research on Milwaukee Institutions
English
English 248: Literature and Contemporary Life "Mapping the City"
English 394: Theories of Mass Culture
Geography
Geog 140: Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography
Geog 440: Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas: External
Geog 441: Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas: Internal
Geog 443: Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography
Geog 520: Physical Geography of the City
Geog 540: Globalization and the City
Geog 564: Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice
Geosciences
GeoSci 140: Water, Man and the Urban Environment
GeoSci 465: Advanced Environmental Geology
GeoSci 466: Advanced Environmental Geology Laboratory
History
Hist 192: Freshman Seminar: "Living in Ancient Rome"; or "The Burbs: History of American Suburbs"
Hist 200: Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues
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 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: "Milwaukee and the World"
Political Science
PolSci 213: Urban Government and Politics
PolSci 387: Seminar in American Politics: Intensive in American Politics
PolSci 413: Governing Metropolitan Areas
PolSci 450: Urban Political Problems
PolSci 452: Administrative Law
Social Work
SocWrk 205: Social Welfare: A Societal Imperative
SocWrk 206: Society, Poverty, and Welfare Programs
SocWrk 630: Women, Poverty, and Welfare Reforms
Sociology
Sociol 193: Freshman Seminar: College in the City
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 610: Reproduction of Minority Communities
Urban Planning
All Available Courses
Urban Studies
All Available Courses
Women's Studies
Wmns 489: Feminism in City: "Internship in Women's Studies"