Oct 23, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Urban Studies


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The Department of Urban Studies offers an undergraduate major and minor academic program in the interdisciplinary study of cities and urban contexts, which draws on fields including sociology, history, geography, urban planning, political science, sustainability, and data science.  The program deeply immerses students in the real-world issues facing our increasingly urban world population. Using Nashville as our primary classroom, students have the opportunity to grow skilled in research, writing, and data analysis. The major also encourages students to deeply explore the ways their beliefs intersect with the challenges of urban life.  The academic program’s mission is to provide an integrated, multidisciplinary learning in the context of ethics and Judeo-Christian values.

Program Goals

Urban Studies Graduates will

  • Develop a strong understanding of the complexity and intersections of urban contexts and issues

  • Develop strong skills in collaboration, analysis, and communication to address urban challenges and opportunities

  • Gain a strong understanding of the role of historical forces in creating urban contexts and forces including racial and ethnic inequities and structural poverty

  • Effectively apply theory, methods, and evidence to analyze issues that affect cities.

  • Gain understanding in the use of new technologies in supporting progress on urban challenges

  • Gain a strong understanding of the particular contexts, history, challenges, and opportunities of the urban setting of Nashville and develop strong real-time observational skills through the immersion in urban life

  • Develop a strong framework for informed action that connects academic analysis and their own religious, spiritual, and moral frameworks in order to better respond to the needs of urban communities and citizens

  • Gain understanding of the demographic, economic, cultural, and environmental forces currently shaping urban settings

Program of Study Requirements

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