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Minor in Urban Studies

The Urban Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of varied forces which shape and have shaped the institutions and quality of life in American metropolitan regions. With over 70% of the United States classified as urban, this minor is an important opportunity for students to closely examine relevant economic, sociopolitical and cultural trends, past and present, which affect urban social policy, urban living and urban cultures. Employing several social science and humanities perspectives, the urban studies minor is designed to familiarize students with urban American history, urban social policy and urban co-cultures, and to complement other majors and career goals: pre-law/law enforcement, education, public administration, business, social work, entertainment industry and journalism among others. Students will be encouraged to pursue fieldwork through volunteerism or internships, including intern programs already available, e.g., Albany, Washington programs in government through Political Science or Social Services through Sociology or Women’s Studies intern programs.

Required Courses   Select two of the following:                                                   6 s.h.
ALS 273 Race, Class, Gender & Culture
ALS/PHIL 160 Urban Philosophical Dilemmas
GEOG 233 Urban Geography (SoS or GEOG 100)
SOCL 240 Urban Sociology (3 s.h. SOCL)
SOCL 261 Sociology of Ethnic Relations (3 s.h. SOCL)

Group I: select one of the following:                                                                       3 s.h.
ALS 206 Latino Drama: Teatro Campesino (SoS)
ALS 208 African Americans & Latinos in Film/T.V.
ALS/ALIT 250 African American Literature (COMP 100 or ALS 100)
ALS 278 The African Atlantic: Popular Culture
ALS 279 Hip Hop Culture
ALS/ALIT 286 African American Women Writers (COMP 100 or ALS 100)
ALS/ALIT 351 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance (JrS & COMP 100 or ALS 100)
ALIT 303 Literature of Imprisonment (COMP 200; LITR 150; LITR 250; 6 s.h. 200- level ALIT, ELIT, LITR, or WLIT; or permission of instructor)
WMST 290 Women, Race & Representation

Group II: select two of the following:                                                                       6 s.h.
ANTH 209 Mexican Immigration
ALS 252 Latinos on the Move
ALS 262 Topics in Racism (SoS)
ALS/HIST 264 African American History II (SoS or 3 s.h. 100-level HIST)
ALS 266 African American Experiences
ALS 273 Race, Class, Gender & Culture
ALS/HIST 288 Borderlands: Latinos/as in U.S.
ALS/HIST 292 The City in African History
ALS/FAMS 361 American Families in Poverty (FAMS 160 or PSYC 100 or SOCL 100 or ALS 100 & 9 s.h. of 200- level social science)
GEOG 233 Urban Geography (SoS or GEOG 100)
GEOG 347 Urban Planning (JrS & a 200-level GEOG)
HIST 208 The City in American Culture (SoS or 3 s.h. 100- level HIST)
HIST 283 History of the City of New York (SoS or 3 s.h. 100- level HIST)
HIST 284 American Ethnic History (SoS or 3 s.h. 100- level HIST)
POLS 222 Governing New York (SoS or 3 s.h. POLS)
SOCL 240 Urban Sociology (3 s.h. SOCL)
SOCL 258 Drugs and Society (3 s.h. SOCL or EDUC 213)
SOCL 261 Sociology of Ethnic Relations (3 s.h. SOCL)
SOCL 277 Police and Society (3 s.h. SOCL)
SOCL 279 Race, Crime & Justice (3 s.h. SOCL)
WMST 269 Women of Color in U.S.
ALS 269 Women of Color in U.S.

Group III: Select one of the following                                                                3 s.h.
ALS 299/399 Independent Study
ALS 395 Senior Seminar in ALS (Completion of 15 s.h. in the major and/or consent of department chair)

Students encouraged do an internship, though credits will not count towards minor:.:3 s.h.      
ALS 397 Africana & Latino Studies Internship (JrS, passing grade on the CWE, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0)

Students are encouraged to take the following 1 credit courses, though credits will not count towards minor:
PYC, SOC, POLS 278 Prisons and Prisoners (1 credit)
HIST 259 Slave Rebellions in NYC (1 credit)
       
TOTAL: 18 s.h.

NOTES:
1.      College rules pertaining to curriculum majors also apply to curriculum minors (GPA of at least 2.00 in courses applied toward minor; no Pass/Fail Option grading in courses applied toward minor; residence requirements; etc.)
2.      Check proper course sequence and prerequisites with department advisor.

Approved 3/2011

 
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