Overview of Urban Studies and Planning Degree Programs

B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning

Major Requirements

Degree Roadmap

 

Minor in Urban Studies and Planning

Minor Requirements

 

Advising Handbook Resources

Students may request a hard copy of the Advising Handbook through the USP Office, HSS 210, or download by clicking:

Advising Handbook -Fall 2013

Advising Handbook -Fall 2012

Advising Handbook - Fall 2011
Advising Handbook - Fall 2010
Advising Handbook - Fall 2009
Advising Handbook - Fall 2008

 

Choosing an Advisor

 

All students must consult regularly with their academic advisor regarding course requirements, scheduling, and selecting an appropriate set of electives. Students should maintain their own "Advising Checklist"; advisors maintain a copy on file in their faculty offices as a record of progress as well as of approved substitutions. Students are encouraged to select an advisor whose areas of interest correspond to those of the student. Consult with the department chair if you need suggestions.

Students must meet with their advisor to review their work and progress each semester.

 

Course Load

 

In deciding how many courses to take each semester, it is helpful to recall the basic university formula for calculating the hours of work required for each course: a minimum of two hours per week in work out of class for every one unit of credit. Thus you should plan on at least six hours of outside work (reading, reviewing, writing papers, etc) for a 3-unit class and at least eight hours of outside work for a 4-unit class.

 

Note to lower-division students

 

The best background for the Urban Studies major is completion of the University General Eduction (GE) requirements and introductory courses in the social science disciplines relevant to the study of the city (e.g. economics, geography, political science, sociology). Math, information science, and/or elementary statistics courses which provide a good foundation for more advanced research methods are also desirable.

Lower-division students are encouraged to explore the possibility of an Urban Studies major by talking with an advisor and taking one or more Urban Studies courses which interest them. There is one lower-division Urban Studies course, USP 200, Changing Cities, which provides a broad and humanistically-oriented introduction to the city. If you are interested in becoming an Urban Studies major, you may take USP 400 and some of the other courses before your junior year. Your advisor can help you select the most appropriate courses.

 

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

Urban Studies Options

The Urban Studies and Planning Program is an active participant in the university's General Education program: Urban Studies courses are included in both Segment II and Segment III.

 

Segment II, Arts and Sciences Core

Segment II requires students to take a minimum of 9 units in three areas of knowledge: Physical and Biological Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, and Humanities and Creative Arts. The Urban Studies and Planning Program offers one courses in Category B of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Area:

USP 200 Changing Cities (3)

 

Segment III, Relationships of Knowledge

Segment III requires students to take 9 units in upper division courses which are organized into clusters covering a wide variety of topics. These upper division courses may be taken no sooner than the semester in which the student achieves upper division status. At least one of the courses must meet the Cultural, Ethnic and Social Diversity requirement; courses meeting that requirement are designated by a CESD following the course title. In addition, at least one course in the cluster chosen must be outside the major department and may not be counted toward the graduation requirements in the major.

Following is a list of clusters in which the Urban Studies and Planning Program participates and course numbers for courses which are included in those clusters. For a complete list of current requirements for each of these clusters, please consult the course schedule or the SFSU Bulletin.  (PDF copy of the list below.)

 

California Cultures & Environments
GEOG/USP 651: SF Bay Area Environmental Issues

 

Dynamics of the City
HIST 489/USP 400: Dynamics of the American City (CESD)
GEOG/USP 432: Urban Geography
USP 530: Alternative Urban Futures (CESD)
PLSI/USP 580: Housing Policy & Planning (CESD) 

 

Exploring the Future: Next 20 Years
USP 514: Sustainable Development in Cities
USP 530: Alternative Urban Futures (CESD) 

 

Family Dynamics & Societal Change
USP 565: Social Policy and the Family (CESD)

 

Globalization & Citizenship in Americas
SOC 480/USP 470: City in a Global Society (CESD)

 

Health Care Policy
LABR/PLSI/USP 570: Urban Health Policy (CESD)

 

Integrating the Social Sciences
HIST 489/USP 400: Dynamics of the American City (CESD)

 

Making Cities Humane
HIST 489/USP 400: Dynamics of the American City (CESD)
SOC 480/USP 470: City in Global Society
GEOG 667/USP 515: Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (CESD)
ECON/USP 535: Urban Economics
ANTH/USP 555: Urban Anthropology
PLSI/USP 560: Urban Poverty & Policy (CESD)
USP 565: Social Policy and the Family (CESD)
LABR/PLSI/USP 570: Urban Health Policy (CESD)
H ED/USP 582: Homelessness and Public Policy (CESD)
PLSI/SW/USP 660: Roles of Non-Profit Organizations in Urban Life

 

Planning the Urban Environment
HIST 489/USP 400: Dynamics of the American City (CESD)
GEOG/USP 433: Urban Transportation
GEOG 668/PLSI/USP 513: Politics, Law and the Urban Environment
USP 514: Sustainable Development in Cities
GEOG 667/USP 515: Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (CESD)
PLSI/USP 580: Housing Policy & Planning (CESD)

 

Preservation of a Livable Environment
GEOG/USP 651: SF Bay Area Environmental Issues

 

Understanding Public Policy
GEOG/USP 433: Urban Transportation
PLSI/USP 480: Into to Urban Policy & Analysis
GEOG 667/USP 515: Environmental Justice: Race, Poverty, and the Environment (CESD)
USP 530: Alternative Urban Futures (CESD)
PLSI/USP 560: Urban Poverty and Policy (CESD)
USP 565: Social Policy and Family Systems (CESD)
LABR/PLSI/USP 570: Urban Health Policy (CESD)
PLSI/USP 580: Housing Policy & Planning (CESD)

 

Grading Policy

Minimum GPA:  All student who enter the program as majors and minors are required to receive at least a grade of "C" in all core courses required for the Urban Studies major or minor (including electives) in order to fulfill the requirement.  

 Credit/No Credit:  All Urban Studies major or minor courses (including electives) must be taken for a letter grade.

(Effective Fall 2009)