Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 


Major/Minor Requirements 

Major
Students majoring in Urban Studies are required to complete ten courses (eight courses if the student was enrolled at Fordham prior to Fall 2010). A maximum of two courses may be double-counted from another major or a minor. The following five categories of courses are required. 

Introduction to Urban Studies
Complete one of the following: VART 1101 Urbanism (R, L); HIST 1950 Historical Change: Urban Perspective (L); POSC 2102 Urban Politics (R); or SOCI 3602 Urban Sociology (R, L).

Research Methods
Complete one of the following: SOCI 2690 Urban Research Methods (R), SOCI 2850 Methods of Social Research I (R), SOCI 2650 Basic Research Methods (L). The following courses may also be used in substitution: CISC 2500 Information & Data Management (R), SOCI 2606 Social Science Statistics (L), SOCI 2851 Methods of Social Reseach II (R).

Electives
Students choose six electives according to their interests and career goals (four electives if the student was enrolled at Fordham prior to Fall 2010). Students should take courses from a number of the following elective areas and then use their internship, senior thesis, and minor or second major to focus on one particular area: urban history; the city in literature, music and the media; urban sociology; urban economics, politics and globalization; immigration, race and class relations; the built environment (architecture, urban planning and sustainable cities); New York City. Only 2 courses from any 1 academic department (e.g., sociology) can be used for these electives, with the exception of students enrolled in the architecture program, who may use more than 2 courses from the Visual Arts department.

Internship
Complete SOCI 4902 Internship: Community Organizations (R), which is offered each fall semester at the Rose Hill campus. If a student is not able to take this course, an equivalent internship course maybe substituted with the permission of the program director. Lincoln Center students may complete URST 4800 (L) for internship credit. Students may chose to work as tutors, youth leaders, specialists in housing, urban and economic development, as well as counselors and advocates or they may work in architecture and planning firms. Internship experience and research may be coordinated with, and used as a case study in, the student's senior thesis.

Senior Thesis Seminar
URST 4890 Research Seminar (R), required in the spring semester of the senior year, allows students to complete the senior thesis in their area of interest or concentration. With the permission of the program director, the senior thesis may also be completed as a tutorial (URST 4999) with any of the participating faculty in Urban Studies.The research project is designed in conjunction with the instructor and may be an individual effort or a group endeavor. Formal presentation of the research findings is required for completion of the research seminar. 



Minor
Students are required to complete six courses in the following four categories. A maximum of two courses may be double-counted from the student's major or other minor. 

Introduction to Urban Studies

Complete one of the following: VART 1101 Urbanism (R, L); HIST 1950 Historical Change: Urban Perspective (L); POSC 2102 Urban Politics (R); or SOCI 3602 Urban Sociology (R, L).

Research Methods
Complete one of the following: SOCI 2690 Urban Research Methods (R), SOCI 2850 Methods of Social Research I (R), SOCI 2650 Basic Research Methods (L). The following courses may also be used: SOCI 2606 Social Science Statistics (L), SOCI 2851 Methods of Social Reseach II (R).

Electives
Students choose three electives according to their interests and career goals. See the link in the left margin to the list of elective courses. Students are encouraged to take courses from a number of the following electives areas and then use their internship to focus on a particuar area: urban history; the city in literature, musicand the media; urban sociology; urban economics, politics and globalization; immigration, race and class relations; the built environment (architecture, urban planning and sustainable cities); New York City. Only TWO courses from any ONE academic department (e.g., sociology) can be used for these electives, with the exception of students enrolled in the architecture program, who may use more than two courses from the Visual Arts department.

Internship
Complete SOCI 4902 Internship: Community Organizations (R), which is offered each fall semester at the Rose Hill campus. If a student is not able to take this course, an equivalent internship course may be substituted with the permission of the program director. Lincoln Center students can complete URST 4800 (L) for internship credit. Students may chose to work as tutors, youth leaders, specialists in housing, urban and economic development, as well as counselors and advocates or they may work in architecture and planning firms. 
 

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