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
MTRO 101INTRODUCTION TO METROPOLITAN STUDIES3
GEOG 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY3
POSC 207STATE GOVERNMENT3
Required Courses
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
APPLIED 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
MTRO 4xx3
Total Units39-40

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 1013ECON 2013
MTRO 1013POSC 2073
SOCI 1013Core 2 (or Core 1)3
Core 1 (or Core 2)3Core 33
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Second Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
ECON 2023ANTH 2073
HIST 145 or 1463GEOG UD3
POSC UD3SOCI UD3
Core 53Core 74
Core3Elective3
 15 16
Third Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
HIST 3753ECON UD3
GEOG UD3Elective3
POSC UD3Elective3
Core 83-4Core 3
Elective3MTRO Elecitve3
 15-16 15
Fourth Year
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
Core3Core or Elective3
Elective3Core or Elective3
Elective3Elective3
MTRO UD Elective3Elective3
MTRO Elective3MTRO Capstone3
 15 15
Total Units 121-122
  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.