Degree Requirements

Metro-Urban Studies Major

A total of 11 courses, with the following required courses. A minimum GPA of 2.0 in the core courses is required for the major.

Core Courses:

  • SOC 111 – City & Community: intro to Urban Sociology
  • POL 122 – Metropolitan Complex
  • ECO 113 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • SOC 381 – City and Regional Planning
  • SOC/URB 399 – Internship
  • ENV/URB 492 – The City and the Environment Keystone
  • SOC 362 – Statistical Analysis
    •  or POL 483 – Political Statistics and Methodology
  • SOC 363 – Research Methods
    •  or POL 484 – Political Analysis
  • ART/HIS 249/349 – The Designed Environment
    •  or HIS 316 – US Urban Environmental History
    •  or SOC 380 – Disaster and Resilience

And two additional urban-related electives, approved by the Program Director. For electives, please see the following list, which is not exhaustive. Please consult the Director of Metro-Urban Studies for other elective possibilities that suit your career interests, including off-campus study, ACTC courses, or study abroad.

  • ART 243 – History of Architecture to 1750
  • ART 244 – History of Architecture after 1750
  • ART/HIS 249/349 – The Designed Environment
  • ECO 365 – Environmental Economics
  • ENV 100 – Environmental Connections
  • HIS 316 – US Urban Environmental History
  • POL 241 – Environmental and River Politics
  • POL 325 – Politics and Public Policy
  • SOC 265 – Race, Class and Gender
  • SOC 349 – Sociology of Organizations
  • URB 199 – Internship
  • URB 295 – Special Topic in Urban Studies
  • URB 299 – Directed Study in Metro-Urban Studies
  • URB 395 – Special Topic in Urban Studies

Students who are thinking of careers in urban planning are highly encouraged to take courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Macalester College (Geography 225, 363 and 365) or at the University of St. Thomas (Geography 221, 321 and 322).

Graduation Skills

Graduation skills in Critical Thinking (CT), Speaking (S), Quantitative Reasoning (QR), and Writing (W) are embedded throughout the core courses and are met by completing the Metro-Urban Studies major.

Transfer students must consult the Director of Metro Urban Studies about potential adjustments in their course requirements to fulfill these skills.

Metro-Urban Studies Minor

A total of five courses including:

  • Core Courses:
    • SOC 111 – City & Community: intro to Urban Sociology
    • POL 122 – Metropolitan Complex
    • SOC 381 – City and Regional Planning
  • One of the following:
    • HIS 316 – US Urban Environmental History
    • ART/HIS 249/349 – The Designed Environment
    • SOC 380 – Disaster and Resilience
    • URB 492 – The City and Environment Keystone
  • And an approved Metro-Urban Studies Elective (see list above)

Off-Campus Study and Study Abroad

Off-campus study is highly recommended for Metro-Urban Studies majors. The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs’ (HECUA) Programs are particular recommended. These semester-length and summer programs include: Inequality in America, The New Norway, and Environment and Agriculture, and Art for Social Change Programs (www.hecua.org/). Other study abroad programs that are particularly useful to Metro-Urban Studies majors include: IES Metropolitan Studies program in Berlin, Germany (www.iesabroad.org/); and the Danish Institute of Study Abroad’s Urban Studies in Europe Program in Copenhagen, Denmark (www.disabroad.org/). Metro-Urban Studies students have participated in programs in other countries as well.

Please see the program websites, Augsburg Abroad and the Director of the Metro-Urban Studies Program for completing Metro-Urban Studies coursework in off-campus programs.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.