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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Urban Studies (B.P.S.)


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This program provides a structure of study for students interested in the origin, evolution, and function of cities and metropolitan areas. Courses have been chosen to allow exploration of  multiple perspectives on the dynamics of urban change, the causes of urban problems, and the sources of urban innovation. Special emphasis is given to the physical development of communities, and the interaction of that development with the social, economic, and environmental well being of communities. The curriculum considers theories, ideologies, and practices to support solutions to  urban and regional problems and offers students opportunities to engage in addressing local challenges with community partners. This course of study prepares students for pursuit of a professional master’s degree in a related discipline (e.g., City Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, etc).

General Education (35-41 hours)


See Graduation from the University  for the University General Education Program requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.

Professional Core


A. Urban Studies Foundations


The following courses are required (15 hrs):

Thematic Studies (6 hours)


Any UNIV 3500-3599 or UNIV 4500-4599 course, CSED 4300, CSED 4205, PHIL 3514 Students complete a total of 6 credit hours in a University College thematic studies course(s) of their choosing. These courses are designed to broaden a student’s knowledge of significant themes in social, political, and religious history. Only specifically designated courses will meet this requirement. Students can complete one 6 credit hour class or two 3 credit hour courses. For a complete list of courses: http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/resources/thematic_studies.php

Senior Project (3 hours)


The senior project is a student’s culminating experience or capstone designed to synthesize and integrate the content of a student’s program of study. The senior project is intended to fuse the two or more academic areas that comprise the student’s coordinated study (major) into an academically-relevant example of scholarship. Students will complete a thesis, task-based, or artistic project on a topic of their choice with approval of their senior project instructor. The senior project is completed during a student’s final semester. ALL sections of UNIV 4995 are taught online. Students will be assigned to a specific section based on the topic they select.

General Elective (25-31 hrs)


Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper division hours.

Experiential Learning Credit


Experiential Learning Credit may be granted credit for college level knowledge and understanding related to the student’s major area of study and gained from work experience, life experience, or noncollege instruction. The student who wants an assessment of such learning prepares a portfolio that describes and documents the learning. Portfolios are assessed by faculty who teach in that area. Assessment by portfolio is reserved for knowledge and competencies which do not readily fit into the credit by examination procedures described above. More detailed information about procedures may be obtained from the individual colleges.

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