Sep 26, 2022  
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 

Greenspun College of Urban Affairs

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Purpose and Focus

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs is dedicated to the personal and academic development of its students, the advancement of the theoretical and applied body of knowledge of its disciplines, and the improvement of public policy and professional practices. Undergraduate study in the college emphasizes improvement of the quality of urban life through preparing students for professional practice in each of its disciplines. This is accomplished by participating in a dynamic partnership of interdisciplinary learning, service, and scholarship that is founded on active collaboration among students, faculty, professionals, and community members. Faculty in the college are scholars. as well as professionals. who are well qualified to guide the development of students into discipline-based professional practice.

The College is also committed to ensuring student success by engaging in high-impact learning practices; specifically, our programs promote service-learning, undergraduate research with faculty, and learning communities. Incoming freshmen are strongly encouraged to join a themed Learning Community (LC) during their first-year at UNLV. A Learning Community is a cohort of students who take coursework together and benefit from the following outcomes: greater course satisfaction, increased interaction between faculty and students, increased understanding of the associations between disciplines, better connections with peers, improved student engagement and involvement on campus, as well as an increased satisfaction with the college experience.

Departments/Schools, Majors, and Minors


College of Urban Affairs
Library Science Program

Department of Communication Studies
Communication Studies — Bachelor of Arts

Department of Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice — Bachelor of Arts

School of Environmental and Public Affairs
Environmental Studies — Bachelor of Arts
Environmental Studies — Bachelor of Science
Public Administration — Bachelor of Science

Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies
Journalism and Media Studies — Bachelor of Arts

Department of Marriage, Family and Community Counseling

School of Social Work
Social Work — Bachelor of Social Work

Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs

Communication Studies — Master of Arts
Criminal Justice — Master of Arts, Professional Master’s Degree
Journalism and Media Studies — Master of Arts
Marriage & Family Therapy — Master of Science
School of Environmental and Public Affairs — Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Studies, Master of Science in Environmental Studies, Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration, Executive Master’s in Crisis and Emergency Management, Certificate in Public Management, Certificate in Nonprofit Management
Social Work — Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work, Certificate in Forensic Social Work, Master of Social Work


Communication Studies
Criminal Justice
Environmental Studies
Family Studies
Journalism and Media Studies
Solar and Renewable Energy


Admission to the College

Minimum GPA: 2.00

Admission Policies

Students are admitted to degree programs offered by the departments and schools in the college; thus, admission requirements vary and prospective students should consult departmental/school requirements in the appropriate sections. The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs has an overall cumulative 2.00 grade point average entrance and graduation requirement. Individual departments and schools within the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs may have specific requirements for their majors.

Transfer Policies

Students should refer to the Student Advising Center for the specific articulation of transfer credit. University policies require that a candidate for the bachelor’s degree must complete the last 30 semester credits in uninterrupted residence as a major in the college from which the degree is expected.

College Policies

Academic Requirements

Students may not fulfill the university and college requirements with courses in their major field. No course may satisfy more than one requirement. The only exceptions to this policy are the international and multicultural courses. Students fulfilling these college requirements will simultaneously satisfy Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and University of Nevada, Las Vegas general education requirements.


Students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00 will be put on university probation.
Students should consult with the Student Advising Center regarding the college’s processing for the university’s probation policy and for the procedure for reinstatement following university suspension.


Upon acceptance as a major, each student must meet with an advisor from the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs’ Student Advising Center. To ensure orderly progress toward the degree, the faculty of the Communications Department strongly suggest that majors see an advisor at least once each year, preferably every semester. Upon acceptance as a premajor or major and at least once a year thereafter, students should contact the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs’ Student Advising Center.

Curricular decisions must be made through consultation with an advisor. Decisions about the appropriate courses in related areas must be approved.

Transfer students are required to consult with an academic advisor within the first semester after admission to the department. This initial advising session will determine to what extent those credits accepted by the university will be accepted as part of the major.

The Advising Center can be reached at 702-895-1009 or or may be visited in person on the 4th Floor of Greenspun Hall.


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