Urban Studies (B.A.)

The field of urban studies explores contemporary cities and urban trends and addressed some of today's most pressing problems. Globally, complex systems of urban settlement house the overwhelming majority of the population and dominate their residents' social, economic, cultural, and intellectual lives. In the U.S., in particular, exploring the development and transformation of metropolitan regions is essential to understanding some of the most significant dynamics affecting the nation. Especially pertinent are the powerful forces of suburbanization, political fragmentation, and residential segregation along lines of race and class that reshaped our society in the latter half of the 20th century. These forces structure the resources, activities, and opportunities that unite and divide Americans. Wayne State's Detroit location offers a powerful vantage point from which students may gain valuable insight these complex dynamics.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program are satisfied by the general requirements for undergraduate admission to the University.


Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the Departmental major requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Major Requirements

A major in urban studies requires completion of twenty-six credits in seven core courses, one four-credit research methods course, and five credits of additional urban-related electives, as outlined in the following curriculum.

Core Courses
US 2000Introduction to Urban Studies4
PS 2240Introduction to Urban Politics and Policy4
GPH 3130Introductory Urban Geography4
GPH 3600Introduction to Geographic Information Systems4
US 4510Cities and Regions3
ECO 5800/UP 5820Urban and Regional Economics4
US 4620Urban Studies Senior Capstone Research3
Research Methods Courses
Select one of the following:4
Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Quantitative Techniques I
Methods of Political Inquiry
Methods of Social Research
Methods for Urban Studies
Elective Courses in Urban Studies
Select 5 credits of the following:5
Black Urban History
Black Social Movements
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Archaeology
Lost Cities and Ancient Civilizations
Urban Anthropology
Field Work in Archaeology of the Americas
Historical Archaeology
Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
Politics of the Criminal Justice Process
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Introduction to Development Economics
Introduction to Labor Studies
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Modern America: Since 1877
Global Cities
Modern American Cities
Detroit Politics: Continuity and Change in City and Suburbs
Social Problems
Race and Racism in America
The Family
Race Relations in Urban Society
Sociology of Urban Health
Urban and Regional Planning
History of Detroit
Metropolitan Detroit
Total Credits35

Urban Studies Honors Program

Students with a grade point average of 3.3 or higher may be admitted to the Honors Program in Urban Studies. The honors major must elect one semester of a 4000-level Honors College seminar and accumulate at least fifteen credits in honors-designated course work. Honors courses from any Department in the College, including this one, all contribute to the fifteen-credit requirement. The honors major student is permitted to follow a course of study somewhat independent of standard requirements, through the election of Honors Directed Study.