May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Urban Studies Major (BS)

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Urban Studies - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Please see the Urban Studies web page at  for information about department programs, faculty and facilities. Please see advising information at the Undergraduate Advising at Degree worksheets and 4/5 year plan for the major are available at


Institution - Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Learning Outcomes

 Upon completing an undergraduate degree program in Urban Studies, a graduate will be able to:

  • Examine whether an organization or community meet multiple conditions of sustainability.
  • Characterize the roles of individuals and organizations in policy and governance.
  • Produce analyses that demonstrate information literacy and numeracy.
  • Communicate data needs and analyses to multiple audiences to support decision-making processes.
  • Apply knowledge and skills required for successful collaboration.

University Graduation Requirements

Please see Graduation Policies for complete information

Recommended Courses That Meet General Education Core Requirements

The Greenspun College of Urban Affairs strongly recommends that students address their General Education Core curriculum requirements through our college. The following classes offered in our college meet graduation requirements:

Urban Studies Degree Requirements - Total: 120 Credits

General Education Requirements - Subtotal: 33-37 Credits

First-Year Seminar - Credits: 2-3

English Composition - Credits: 6

Second-Year Seminar - Credits: (Fulfilled by Major Requirements)

Constitutions - Credits: 4-6

Mathematics - Credits: 3

Distribution Requirement - Credits: 18-19

Please see Distribution Requirements  for more information.

  • Humanities and Fine Arts: 9 credits
    • Two 3-credit courses in the humanities and one 3-credit course in fine arts.
  • Social Science:
    • Automatically satisfied by Major requirement
  • Life and Physical Sciences and Analytical Thinking - 9-10 credits

Multicultural and International

Multicultural, one 3 credit course required
International, one 3 credit course required

These courses may overlap with general education and major requirements.  A single course may not meet the multicultural and international requirements simultaneously. For the list of approved multicultural and international courses, go to:

General Electives - Credits: 38 - 47

Total Credits: 120


1. GSC 300  is a required course for all majors in Greenspun College of Urban Affairs.  In addition, must complete at least 42 credits at the upper division level to graduate.

2. URST 301  , URST 498  are milestone courses for Urban Studies B.S.

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