UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

URBAN AND
REGIONAL STUDIES



Michael Burayidi, Coordinator
Program Office: Polk 47
Telephone: 920-424-3230

Code 99 or URB/REG

I. FACULTY

Birnbaum, Brunnell, Gulley, Hu, Jones, McGee, Olsen, Stark

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Urban and Regional Studies can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts.

Graduate: Students who complete a major in Urban Studies may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the Master of Public Administration Program.

For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR(S)
The Department offers a choice of 2 emphases within the Urban and Regional Studies major. These are: 1) Urban Economic Development, or 2) Urban Planning.

3. THE MINOR(S)
The Department offers a one minor: 1) Urban and Regional Studies.

Comment:
Urban and Regional Studies makes an excellent second major for students whose first major is communications, criminal justice, economics, geography, political science, social work, or sociology.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible for the Urban and Regional Studies major or minor, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the major or minor.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Required to take a minimum of 30 units (crs.).

Urban and Regional Studies: 1 course from:
  • Urban and Regional Studies 131 Contemporary Urban Issues 3 cr.

Statistics: 1 course from:
  • Economics 210 Economics 3 cr.
  • Mathematics 107 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr.
  • Mathematics 301 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 3 cr.
  • Psychology 203 Elementary Psychological Statistics 3 cr
  • Sociology 281 Social Statistics 3 cr.

Economics: 1 course from:
  • Economics 206 Principles of Economics I 3 cr.
  • Economics 207 Principles of Economics II 3 cr.

Research Methods: 1 course from:
  • Criminal Justice 343 Empirical Analysis of Criminal Justice Issues 3 cr
  • Sociology 381 Sociological Research 3 cr.

Urban Geography: 1 course from:
  • Geography 324 Urban Geography 3 cr.
  • Geography 471 Geographic Information Systems 3 cr.

Urban Politics: 1 course from:
  • Political Science 225 State and Local Government 3 cr.
  • Political Science 336 The Politics of Urban Growth 3 cr.

Sociology: 1 course from:
  • Sociology 151 Modern Social Problems 3 cr.
  • Sociology 311 Sociology of the Modern City 3 cr.

Planning: 1 course from:
  • Urban and Regional Studies 300 Planning 3 cr.

Field Experience: 1 course from:
  • Urban and Regional Studies 471 Field Experience 3 cr.
  • Urban and Regional Studies 480 Internship 3 cr.

Housing: 1 course from:
  • Urban and Regional Studies 320 Housing 3 cr.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES MAJOR
Recommended for students who seek a profession in urban planning, housing, or administration, as well as those who wish a well balanced liberal arts degree.

Required Units (crs.): 45 minimum
After meeting the core requirement, students will then be required to declare their area of concentration in either urban economic development or in urban planning. Each area of concentration has four required courses (12 units (crs.)) in addition to elective courses (3 units (crs.)) that students must take in consultation with the URS Coordinator.

A. Urban Economic Development Concentration

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • Urban Studies: Urban and Regional Studies 425.
  • Geography: Geography 311.
  • Economics: Economics 339/559, Economics 403/603.

Electives: See the Coordinator for a list of recommended electives.


B. Urban Planning Concentration

Required Courses: In addition to the Core Courses:
  • Urban Studies: Urban and Regional Studies 317, 351, 350/520.
  • Geography: Geography 213.

Electives: See the Coordinator for a list of recommended electives.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES MINOR
Recommended for students who will work and live in cities and wish to know better how they work and how to function successfully in them.

Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Courses:
  • Urban Studies: Urban and Regional Studies 300, 317, 320, 471.
  • Economics: Economics 321 or 339 or 403.
  • Geography: Geography 324.
  • Political Science: Political Science 225
  • Sociology: Sociology 311.

Electives: See the Coordinator for a list of recommended electives.

VIII. COURSES OFFERINGS

Urban & Regional Studies 131 3 units (crs.)
Contemporary Urban Issues (SS)
An introductory course which examines some of the major contemporary issues confronting American cities including crime, poverty, education, housing, transportation, and the environment. The course will draw on guest lecturers from government agencies. (Fall)

Urban & Regional Studies 300 3 units (crs.)
Planning
An overview of urban planning including the history of planning, major types of planning techniques and theory, values of planners, and strategies for planning effectiveness. 300/500 (Fall)

Urban & Regional Studies 317 3 units (crs.)
Land Use Regulation
An overview of the purposes, theoretical and legal issues, tools, and techniques of land use planning and regulation. 317/517 (Fall)

Urban & Regional Studies 320 3 units (crs.)
Housing
An overview of urban housing including its recent history, the nature of the housing market, the impact of housing on society, government regulation and assistance, and new housing patterns. 320/520 (Spring)

Urban & Regional Studies 351 3 units (crs.)
Planning Seminar
Emphasis on application of theory to particular problems. Prerequisite: Urban and Regional Studies 300. (As Scheduled)

Urban & Regional Studies 410 1-3 units (crs.)
Special Topics
A seminar type course to suit special, one-time-only situations. (Fall-Spring)

Urban & Regional Studies 425 3 units (crs.)
Computer Uses in Urban Analysis
Students will gain a knowledge of electronic data processing and analytical skills appropriate to entry level requirements in urban management positions, in particular analyses and effective display of socio-economic trends and other types of data. Case studies utilized. Prerequisite: Two advanced Urban Studies courses and basic knowledge of computer use as determined by the instructor. Strongly recommended: Practical Arts 103. (Spring-As Scheduled)

Urban & Regional Studies 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. (Fall-Spring)

Urban & Regional Studies 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. (Fall-Spring)

Urban & Regional Studies 471 1-3 units (crs.)
Field Experience
Introduces students to a wide variety of government units and individuals; improves writing skills. Weekly assignments are based on reports of meetings attended which are critiqued on the basis of form and content. (Spring-As Scheduled)

Urban & Regional Studies 474 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Thesis
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study, e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ‘Honors Thesis.' Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 units (crs.). Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing.

Urban & Regional Studies 480 1-6 units (crs.)
Internship
A work experience in which students' work about thirty hours per unit (cr.) under the direct supervision of a person engaged in some phase of urban and regional planning and management.
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Last Updated July 1, 2001