Major in Metropolitan Studies

Students in the Metropolitan Studies major are required to complete 39 units with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. Of the total units in program requirements, a maximum of 9 may also be used to fulfill Core Curriculum ­requirements.

NOTE: Courses designated with “xx” did not have numbers assigned in time for publication. Please see the program director for information.

Required Courses (9 Units)
MTRO 101INTRODUCTION TO METROPOLITAN STUDIES3
GEOG 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY3
POSC 207STATE GOVERNMENT3
Required Courses (27-28 Units)
Majors must take two courses in each of the categories lettered A, B and F; and one course each in C, D and E
Category A:
GEOG 391URBAN SYSTEMS3
Select one of the following:3-4
HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF URBANIZATION
SPAT ORGN EC ACT
TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING
APPLED CLIMATOLOGY
LAND USE PLANNING
Category B:
POSC 304POLITICS OF METROPOLITAN GROWTH AND CHANGE3
Select one of the following:3
URBAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
POLITICS AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Category C:
Select one of the following:3
HIST 3XX
THE CITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Category D:
ECON 351URBAN ECONOMICS3
or ECON 485 SEMINAR ON ECONOMIC ISSUES
Category E:
Select one of the following:3
DEMOGRAPHY
URBAN SOCIOLOGY
Category F:
Select two of the following:6
SPECIAL TOPIC IN METROPOLITAN STUDIES (May repeat with different topics. )
METROPOLITAN STUDIES INTERNSHIP (open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.00 and above)
Any course listed in A-E that coincides with the student's individual interests in metropolitan studies
An upper-level course that the student's adviser must approve as relevant to metropolitan studies (including approved study abroad)
Capstone Experience (3 Units)
MTRO 4xx3
Total Units39-40

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Please contact your major department for more information.

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the physical, social, economic and political factors that shape the development of metropolitan areas.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the array of current challenges facing metropolitan areas.
3. Critically analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of policies designed to address the challenges facing metropolitan areas.
4. Conduct and present sound research on metropolitan issues.