Certificate Requirements


  1. Completion of 18 credits in approved urban studies courses with a minimum GPA of 2.500.
  2. Completion of URB STD 250 (Exploring the Urban Environment), URB STD 193 (First-Year Seminar), or URB STD 360 (Perspectives on the Urban Scene).
  3. Of the 18 credits:
    1. 6 must be in the humanities;
    2. 6 in the social sciences; and
    3. 9 must be at the 300 level or above taken in residence at UWM. It is recommended that the student also complete one course in the natural sciences.
  4. No more than 9 credits from any one department outside Urban Studies may count toward the certificate.
  5. A maximum of 6 credits in independent study may be taken. In the senior year, a student may plan an independent study course to synthesize previous work in urban studies.
  6. An internship in URB STD 289 or URB STD 489 is recommended highly.
  7. While students may elect courses outside the College of Letters and Science to count toward the certificate, at least 12 credits must be completed in L&S courses, at least 6 of these at the 300 level or above.
  8. Credits earned at other institutions in equivalent urban studies programs and accepted by UWM as transfer credits may count in partial fulfillment of the certificate requirements.

Urban Studies Approved Courses

The following courses in the College of Letters and Science are approved to count toward the Urban Studies Certificate. Each semester, the Advisory Committee will review and approve variable content course sections for the Certificate. Contact the Urban Studies Program for the most current list of approved courses.

AFRIC 300Urban Violence3
AFRIC 319African American Urban History3
AFRIC 341Black Politics and City Government3
AFRIC 372African-American Literary Movements: The Harlem Renaissance3
ANTHRO 431Cities and Culture3
ARCH 584Urban Landscape Architecture3
ARTHIST 360Modern Architecture II: The Rise of Modern Architecture3
ARTHIST 361Modern Architecture III: Contemporary Architecture3
ARTHIST 412Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece3
ARTHIST 425The Age of Pilgrimage and Crusade: Romanesque Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 426The Age of the Great Cathedrals: Gothic Art and Architecture3
ARTHIST 431Renaissance Architecture in Italy3
ARTHIST 458A Comparative History of Architecture and Urbanism:3
ARTHIST 459American Architecture3
ARTHIST 462Frank Lloyd Wright3
COMPLIT 230Literature and Society:3
COMPLIT 232Literature and Politics:3
CRM JST 370Criminal Justice Administration3
DANCE 370World Movement Traditions: (Hip Hop)2-3
ED POL 113The Milwaukee Community3
ED POL 114Community Problems3
ED POL 203Communities and Neighborhoods in America3
ED POL 500Sociology and Policy of Urban Communities and Schools3
ED POL 507Action Research on Milwaukee Institutions3
ENGLISH 248Literature and Contemporary Life: (Mapping the City)3
ENGLISH 394Theories of Mass Culture:3
GEOG 114Geography of Race in the United States3
GEOG 140Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography3
GEOG 297Study Abroad: (Urban Environmental Changes in Guatemala)1-12
GEOG 443Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography3
GEOG 497Study Abroad: (Urban Environmental Changes in Guatemala)1-12
GEOG 520Physical Geography of the City3
GEOG 540Globalization and the City3
GEOG 564Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice3
GERMAN 484Seminar on Themes and Motifs in German Literature: (Cities of the German-Speaking World or Stories from Urban Landscapes of Ireland and Germany)3
GLOBAL 321The Global City in History3
GLOBAL 421Cities in the Global Economy3
HIST 192First-Year Seminar: (Living in Ancient Rome or The Burbs: History of American Suburbs)3
HIST 200Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: (Making of the American Ghetto)3
HIST 303A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State3
HIST 307A History of Rome: The Republic3
HIST 308A History of Rome: The Empire3
HIST 371Topics in European History: (Rome in the Age of Constantine – Society and Culture)3
HIST 404Topics in American History: (Big City Life Viewed Through HBO’s 'The Wire')3
HIST 436Immigrant America Since 18803
HIST 440History of the American Working Classes3
HIST 450Growth of Metropolitan Milwaukee3
HIST 460The History of Poverty in America3
HIST 463History of the American City3
HIST 595The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data3
HIST 600Seminar in History: (American Suburban History or Milwaukee and the World)3
LINGUIS 432Urban Dialects3
PHILOS 237Technology, Values, and Society3
PHILOS 355Political Philosophy3
POL SCI 213Urban Government and Politics3
POL SCI 387Topics in American Politics: (Municipal Finance)3
POL SCI 450Urban Political Problems3
POL SCI 452Administrative Law3
SOC WRK 306Introduction to Social Welfare Policy3
SOC WRK 630Families and Poverty2-3
SOCIOL 224Race and Ethnicity in the United States3
SOCIOL 323Perspectives on Latino Communities3
SOCIOL 324Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts3
SOCIOL 325Social Change3
SOCIOL 330Economy and Society3
SOCIOL 350Environmental Sociology3
SOCIOL 377Urbanism and Urbanization3
SOCIOL 495Seminar in Sociology: (International Urban Sociology)3
SOCIOL 610Reproduction of Minority Communities3
THEATRE 305The Theatrical Experience: (Out and About in Milwaukee)3
URBPLANAll U and U/G courses
URB STDAll U and U/G courses
WGS 489Internship in Women's and Gender Studies1-3