Urban Studies (URBS)

URBS 1990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

URBS 2357. Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs. 4 Hours.

Introduces students to the field of urban studies. Focuses on these central issues: how cities and suburbs evolve, what makes a city or suburb a good place to live, and how cities and suburbs are (or are not) planned. Students review the ways in which urban scholars and practitioners study cities and suburbs, their research methodologies, definition of issues, and division of labor among different disciplines. Students explore the roles of individuals, communities, the private sector, and government in planning and shaping the city. Prereq. Sophomore standing or above.

URBS 2358. Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs. 4 Hours.

Introduces students to pressing urban issues: urban sprawl, poverty, education, transportation, economic development, and housing, through an intensive analysis of the Boston metropolitan area. The course is cotaught by university faculty and practitioners in government, community, and nonprofit organizations throughout the metropolitan area. Offers students the opportunity to analyze Boston data, go on outings to see development in progress, talk with urban practitioners about what they do, and conduct research on an urban issue of their choice. Prereq. Sophomore standing or above.

URBS 2990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

URBS 3990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.

URBS 4990. Elective. 1-4 Hours.

Offers elective credit for courses taken at other academic institutions.