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Urban Studies
The minor in urban studies offers students an opportunity to develop a well-rounded and basic understanding of the components of urban life and of the forces that are shaping its future. Further, it provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the major factors that not only have contributed to the present but will also affect the future of the physical, internal, and social structure of our cities and metropolitan areas.

To achieve this goal, the minor in urban studies is interdisciplinary. In such a program, the student approaches the complexity of urban life from the perspective of economics, geography, history, political science, sociology, and anthropology.

To complete the minor, the student must successfully complete 15 credit hours in School of Liberal Arts urban studies courses. The student may count any combination of approved urban studies courses toward the minor as long as no more than two courses are in the same department. The following courses are acceptable as urban studies courses:
  • ANTH-E 380: Urban Anthropology (3 cr.)
  • ECON-E 323: Urban Economics (3 cr.)
  • GEOG-G 314: Urban Geography (3 cr.)
  • HIST-A 347: American Urban History (3 cr.)
  • POLS-Y 308: Urban Politics (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 329: Urban Sociology (3 cr.)
  • SOC-R 330: Community (3 cr.)

Other courses may be acceptable, with prior permission.

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.