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.

Required Courses
MTRO 101INTRODUCTION TO METROPOLITAN STUDIES3
GEOG 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY3
POSC 207STATE GOVERNMENT3
Category A: Geography
GEOG 391URBAN SYSTEMS3
Select one of the following:3-4
HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF URBANIZATION
TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING
APPLIED CLIMATOLOGY
LAND USE PLANNING
Category B: Political Science
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: History
HIST 375THE CITY IN AMERICAN HISTORY3
Category D: Economics
ECON 351URBAN ECONOMICS3
or ECON 485 SEMINAR ON ECONOMIC ISSUES
Category E: Sociology
SOCI 327URBAN SOCIOLOGY3
or SOCI 329 DEMOGRAPHY
Category F: Electives
Select two of the following:6
SPECIAL TOPIC IN METROPOLITAN STUDIES 1
METROPOLITAN STUDIES INTERNSHIP
Any courses listed in Categories A-E not selected above that coincide with the student's individual interests in metropolitan studies
Any approved upper-level courses relevant to metropolitan studies (including approved study abroad)
Approved Capstone Experience Course 23
Total Units39-40
1

Repeatable when different topics are covered. 

2

See Metropolitan Studies Program Director for accepted capstone course options. 

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

First Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 101 (Core 8)3ECON 201 (Suggested Core 6)13
MTRO 101 (Core 10)3POSC 207 (Core 11)3
SOCI 10113Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 33
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ECON 20213GEOG UD3
HIST 145 or 14613SOCI UD3
POSC UD3Core 74
Core 43Elective3
Core 53Elective3
 15 16
Third Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG UD3ECON UD3
HIST 3753MTRO Elective3
POSC UD3Core 93
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
MTRO Elective3MTRO Capstone3
Core 133Core 143
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 121
1

This may be prerequisites for an Upper-Division course. Please consult with adviser. 

  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.