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:

  • Community Organization
  • Comparative International Urbanism
  • Urban Policy and Administration
  • Urban Planning

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