Urban Studies, Minor

The urban studies minor offers students interested in cities an opportunity to take advantage of the resources of an urban university situated in a major metropolitan area. The minor seeks to equip students with an understanding of the dynamics of urban growth and development and includes the study of urban social and political institutions. Many courses cover climate change, sustainability, housing, and the urban economy. The minor complements many social science majors as well as architecture, business, and engineering. The minor is designed to provide a solid background for graduate study and professional careers in urban planning and policy, social work, and related fields.

For more information, contact the program director, Professor Gavin Shatkin, 310 Renaissance Park, 617.373.3074, g.shatkin@northeastern.edu.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

POLS 2357Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs4
SOCL 2358Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs4

Elective Courses

Complete two of the following:8
Black History of Boston
Black Community and Social Change
Global Markets and Local Culture
Urban Anthropology
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910
Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980
Real Estate Development and Design
Economics of Crime
Urban Economic Issues
Economics of Transportation
History of Boston
U.S. Urban History
Central European Capitals on the Eve of World War I
Law and the City
Urban Policies and Politics
State and Local Politics
Intergovernmental Relations
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
Politics of Poverty
Latino Politics in the United States
Public Policy and Administration
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Sociology of Boston
Urban Social Problems
Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs
Greater Boston Urban Policy Seminar
Seminar in Urban Sociology
“The Wire” and the Study of Urban Inequalities

GPA Requirement

3.000 GPA required in the minor