Loyola University Chicago

Center for Urban Research and Learning

General Track Requirements

 
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The General track gives students a broad introduction into themes and issues within the broader field of Urban Studies. As an interdisciplinary minor, students in the General track are able to select from several disciplinary lenses to better understand urban areas and the issues they face. In addition, students will – in the capstone research course – contribute to active solutions to many of the issues facing local communities.

Overview

A minor in urban studies requires 18 hours of credit as follows:

  • One Urban Theory Course (3 Hours)
  • One Research Methods Course (3 Hours)
  • Two Electives (6 Hours)
  • Two Capstone Courses (6 Hours)

Double Dipping Policy

Urban Studies follows the College policy for Double Dipping: Not less than 8 credit hours in the individual student’s transcript must be unique to each minor; that is, the courses in question are considered as actually fulfilling requirements of one minor, not of more than one minor or major.

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 Course Requirements

Urban Theory

Choose one from the following:

  • ECON 320: Urban Economics
  • HIST 386: American Urban History
  • PLSC 334: Urban Policies and Problems
  • PLSC 390: Urban Politics
  • SOCL 234: City, Suburbs & Beyond 

Research Methods

Choose one from the following:

  • ANTH 317: Qualitative Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • CJC 205: Research Methods
  • COMM 365: Naturalistic Methods of Communication Research
  • COMM 366: Observing/Measuring Communication Behavior
  • COMM 367: Rhetorical Criticism 
  • PSYC 306: Research Methods in Psychology
  • SOCL 206: Principles of Social Research
  • SOWK 390: Methods of Social Work

Required Electives*

Choose two from the following:

  • ANTH 301: Refugee Resettlement
  • ANTH 309: Urban Anthropology
  • CJC 371: Victimology
  • CJC 352: Gangs
  • CJC 372: Race, Ethnicity, and Criminal Justice
  • COMM 296: Themes in Advertising/Public Relations
  • COMM 371: TOPIC: Interviewing for Broadcast
  • COMM 371: TOPIC Politics and the Press
  • COMM 371: TOPIC: Photojournalism
  • ECON 320: Urban Economics 
  • ECON 355: Economics of Real Estate
  • ELPS 240: Urban Education Policy and Practice
  • ENVS 380: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • FNAR 203: Chicago: Face of a City
  • HIST 300: TOPIC: Urban Architecture
  • HIST 364: Emergence of Industrial America 1870-1900
  • HIST 385: Chicago in America
  • HIST 386: American Urban History
  • PLSC 224: Chicago Politics
  • PLSC 300: Contemporary Political Issues
  • PLSC 372: Crime, Race, and Violence 
  • PLSC 390: Urban Politics
  • PSYC 374: Community Psychology
  • SOCL 125: Chicago: Growth of the Metropolis
  • SOCL 234: Cities, Suburbs, and Beyond
  • SOCL 235: Communities
  • SOCL 258: Confronting Homelessness 
  • SOWK 201: Social Welfare and Social Work I 
  • SOWK 361: TOPIC: Black Men in America
  • SOWK 370: Intersection of Oppression, Privilege & Diversity
  • THEO 192: TOPIC: Urban Issues
*Other elective courses may be added on a semester-by-semester basis. Please confer with program director. 

Capstone Courses

Courses taken concurrently.

  • SOCL 335/PLSC 335: Urban Semester Seminar
  • URB 397/PLSC 397: Urban Studies Research