University of Pittsburgh

Urban Studies Program

Concentrations

Concentration Descriptions

Each concentration requires completion of 18 credits.

Students are required to complete six courses, chosen in consultation with the major advisor, from one of the following concentrations:

NOTE: Each of the following courses marked with an asterisk* is a non-Arts and Sciences course. The School of Arts and Sciences permits no more than 18 non-Arts and Sciences credits to count toward graduation.

 

Community Organization Concentration

This concentration is designed for the student who is interested in social issues such as poverty, education, housing or other social welfare problems. Students who want to work at the grass-roots or neighborhood level or who want to pursue a career in the non-profit sector often choose this area of study.

Fundamentals Course- Required

 

SOCWRK 1000 Intro to Social Work*

Core and Elective Courses
These courses must be chosen from at least three different disciplines. The actual list of possible elective courses for each term can be found under Urban Studies on the course description Web site.

 

Two (2) of the following courses
AFRCNA 0311 Intro African American Family
ANTH 1755 Urban Anthropology
SOC 0460 Minority Groups
URBNST 1612 Social Justice and the City
PUBSRV 1200 Practices of Non-Profit Management*
PUBSRV 1400 Organizing Community Controlled Development

 

NOTE:  There are many courses from which to choose each semester (see the Urban Studies Program Courses listed under Course Descriptions each semester). Courses should be chosen with the advisor. The following are SOME of the courses that may be applicable.

 

Three (3) of the following courses
AFRCNA 1402 Learning Paradigms of African American Child Development
AFRCNA 1538 History of Black Pittsburgh
ECON 0330 Urban Economics
ENGCOMP Grant and Proposal Writing
ENGLIT 0628 Working Class Literature
HIST 1668 History of Pittsburgh
PUBSRV 1230 Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations*
PSY 1312 Child Development and Social Policy
SOC 0351 Social Change
SOC 0444 Urban Sociology
SOC 1277 Pittsburgh Area Study
URBNST 1200 Urban Field Research Seminar

     

                                            

Comparative International Urbanism Concentration

This concentration is designed for students interested in focusing on urban issues in a much broader context. Some students choose to have a geographic focus while others take a more thematic approach.

Fundamentals Course- Required

 

URBNST 1700 International Urbanism Seminar

Elective Courses
These courses must be chosen from at least three different disciplines. The actual list of possible elective courses for each term can be found under Urban Studies on the course description Web site.

NOTE:  There are many courses from which to choose each semester (see the Urban Studies Program Courses listed under Course Descriptions each semester). Courses should be chosen with the advisor. The following are SOME of the courses that may be applicable.

 

Five (5) of the following courses
ANTH 1530 Origins of Cities
ECON 0530 Intro to Development Economics
GERM 1528 Vienna
HAA 1880 World Cities
HIST 0756 Intro to Islamic Civilization
HIST 1019 Cities in Historical Perspective
HIST 1123 Modern Britain
HIST 1772 Race, Caste, and Ethnicity
LING 1951 Languages of the World
PS 1315 Italian Government and Politics
PS 1385 Politics of Contemporary Middle East
SPAN 0082 Latin America Today

 

Urban Policy and Administration Concentration

This concentration is designed for students interested in policy development as it pertains to a variety of urban issues. This is also the appropriate concentration for those who want to pursue careers in politics or administration in the public sector.

Fundamentals Course- Required

 

PUBSRV 1100 Practices in Public Administration*

Core and Elective Courses
These courses must be chosen from at least three different disciplines. The actual list of possible elective courses for each term can be found under Urban Studies on the course description Web site.

 

Two of the following courses
ECON 0230 Public Finance 1
PS 1241 Public Administration and Political Systems
PS 1251 Urban Government and Politics
PS 1261 American Public Policy
URBNST 1610 Urban Politics and Regional Governance
PUBSRV 1110 Financial Management in the Public Sector*

 

NOTE:  There are many courses from which to choose each semester (see the Urban Studies Program Courses listed under Course Descriptions each semester). Courses should be chosen with the advisor. The following are SOME of the courses that may be applicable.


Three of the following courses
ECON 0330 Urban Economics
ECON 0280 Introduction to Money and Banking
HIST 1695 Environmental Politics
GEOL 1055 Environmental Ethics, Science, Public Policy
PSY 1312 Child Development and Social Policy
PS 1252 State Government
LEGLST 1152 Legal Issues in Public Service*
LEGLST 1355 Emerging Issues in Legal and Social Policy*
PUBSRV 0030 Public Policy Process*
PUBSRV 0050 Ethics and Accountability*
PUBSRV 1455 Law, Ethics, Public Policy, and Mass Media*
SOC 1476 Urban Policy and Planning

 

Urban Planning Concentration

This concentration is designed for those who have an interest in the built environment, and who may be considering a career in urban planning. It is appropriate, more generally, for those interested in the use, design and allocation of space in the urban environment.

Fundamentals Course

 

PUBSRV 1130 Planning in the Public Sector*

Core and Elective Courses
These courses must be chosen from at least three different disciplines. The actual list of possible elective courses for each term can be found under Urban Studies on the course description Web site.

 

Two of the following courses
ECON 0330 Urban Economics
GEOL 1445 GIS, GPS, and Computer Methods
HIST 1665 History of the American City
PS 1251 Urban Government and Politics
SOC 1476 Urban Policy and Planning
URBNST 1608 Urban Economic Geography

 

NOTE:  There are many courses from which to choose each semester (see the Urban Studies Program Courses listed under Course Descriptions each semester). Courses should be chosen with the advisor. The following are SOME of the courses that may be applicable.


Three of the following courses
ANTH 1541 Cultural Resource Management
ECON 0230 Public Finance 1
GEOL 1055 Environmental Ethics, Science, Public Policy
HAA 0940 Approaches to the Built Environment
HAA 1510 Pittsburgh Architecture / Urbanism
HAA 1531 Modern American Architecture
HAA 1920 Introduction to Historical Preservation
HAA 1922 Preservation- Texts and Theory
HIST 1019 Cities in Historical Perspective
HIST 1695 Environmental Politics
URBNST 1200 Urban Field Research Seminar
URBNST 1700 International Urbanism Seminar

An Urban Studies major

Helps address problems like urban poverty, homelessness, and troubled schools.

Contact Us:

Coordinator:
Dr. Carolyn J. L. Carson
E-mail: cjlc@pitt.edu

Director:
Professor William Chase

Urban Studies Program
University of Pittsburgh
3500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Tel: 412-648-7489