Major Requirements

Listed below are the requirements for the Urban Studies Programs major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both the anthropology advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web page.

Urban Studies Major Requirements

Four required urban studies courses form the foundation of the major: URB STD 150, a core course in which students conduct service learning by working in an urban organization or agency; one of two urban studies survey courses; a theory course on urbanism and urbanization; and a capstone course (URB STD 600) taken in the senior year. Students also take a statistics course, which is a standard requirement for social science majors. In addition, students complete five elective courses selected from urban studies and approved courses in the affiliated areas. Student internships (URB STD 289 or URB STD 489) are encouraged strongly. Students also are encouraged to participate in and present at various urban studies-sponsored events, such as the annual Urban Studies Student Research Forum conference and the Urban Studies State of Milwaukee Summit, and to contribute to the epolis ejournal (currently, each issue includes one paper from an undergraduate).

To declare a major in Urban Studies, students can complete the declaration form on the Urban Studies website which will be followed by an appointment with the Urban Studies Associate Director to review needed courses and plan upcoming semesters.

Course of Study

The Urban Studies major requires a minimum of 30-31 credits, including at least 18 credits in the College of Letters and Science with coursework from at least two L&S departments. No more than 9 credits in a single curricular area outside of urban studies may count toward the major. SOCIOL 377, which is jointly offered in the Urb Std curricular area, will count as an Urb Std course for this purpose. Students must complete at least 15 credits in upper-division (numbered 300 and above) L&S courses for the major in residence at UWM. In addition, students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all UWM credits attempted for the major. The College of Letters and Science also requires that students attain a 2.0 GPA in all major credits attempted, including any transfer work. The following are required:

URB STD 150Multicultural America3
URB STD 360Perspectives on the Urban Scene:3
or URB STD 250 Exploring the Urban Environment
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Analysis in Geography
The Quantitative Analysis of Historical Data
Political Data Analysis
Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology
Or equivalent course approved by the program director
SOCIOL/URB STD 377Urbanism and Urbanization3
URB STD 600Capstone Seminar in Urban Studies (satisfies L&S research requirement)3
Select 15 credits (see below)15
Total Credits30-31


15 credits selected from the following courses or other appropriate courses approved by the program director. (No more than nine credits from the same department outside of urban studies may apply to the 30- or 31-credit minimum in the major.)

URB STDAll U and U/G courses
URBPLANAll U and U/G courses
AFRIC 125Economics of the Black Community3
AFRIC 300Urban Violence3
AFRIC 319African American Urban History3
AFRIC 341Black Politics and City Government3
AFRIC 416Race and Social Justice in the United States3
ANTHRO 431Cities and Culture3
ARCH 190Special Topics: (only with topic "Field School")1-3
ARCH 302Architecture and Human Behavior3
ARCH 304Contemporary Criticism and Urbanism3
ARTHIST 356American Architecture3
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 462Frank Lloyd Wright3
BUS ADM 441Diversity in Organizations3
CRM JST 291Current Issues in Criminal Justice:1-3
CRM JST 310Race, Crime, and Criminal Justice3
ED POL 111Introduction to Community Action and Change3
ED POL 113The Milwaukee Community3
ED POL 114Community Issues, Policies, and Solutions3
ED POL 203Communities and Neighborhoods in America3
ED POL 630Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy in Urban America3
GEOG 114Geography of Race in the United States3
GEOG 140Our Urban Environment: Introduction to Urban Geography3
GEOG 215Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GEOG 441Geography of Cities and Metropolitan Areas3
GEOG 443Cities of the World: Comparative Urban Geography3
GEOG 464Environmental Problems3
GEOG 520Physical Geography of the City3
GEOG 525Geographic Information Science4
GEOG 540Globalization and the City3
GEOG 564Urban Environmental Change and Social Justice3
GEOG 625Intermediate Geographic Information Science4
HIST 192First-Year Seminar: (Living in Ancient Rome or The Burbs: History of American Suburbs)3
HIST 200Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues: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 404Topics in American History: (Big City Life Viewed Through HBO’s 'The Wire' or A Tale of Two Cities: Milwaukee and Los Angeles)3
HIST 436Immigrant America Since 18803
HIST 440History of the American Working Classes3
HIST 446African Americans Since the Civil War3
HIST 450The History of Milwaukee3
HIST 460The History of Poverty in America3
HIST 463History of the American City3
POL SCI 213Urban Government and Politics3
POL SCI 243Public Administration3
POL SCI 450Urban Political Problems3
POL SCI 452Administrative Law3
PUB ADM 243Public Administration3
PUB ADM 452Administrative Law3
SOC WRK 306Introduction to Social Welfare Policy3
SOC WRK 630Families and Poverty3
SOCIOL 224Race and Ethnicity in the United States3
SOCIOL 235Social Change in the Global Economy3
SOCIOL 323Perspectives on Latino Communities3
SOCIOL 324Race and Ethnicity in Global Contexts3
SOCIOL 325Social Change3
SOCIOL 330Economy and Society3
SOCIOL 350Environmental Sociology3
THEATRE 305The Theatrical Experience: (With topic: Out and About in Milwaukee)3