Major Requirements

In addition to the standard UCI-wide requirements for bachelor's degrees, Urban Studies students take 12 courses (48 units) to satisfy the departmental requirements for the major, including three lower-division introductory courses, three upper-division core courses, and six additional upper-division electives. Urban Studies majors satisfy School of Social Ecology requirements through courses in areas of research design; criminology, law and society; statistical analysis; and psychology fundamentals. All undergraduate majors in the School of Social Ecology also complete a Field Study experience and concurrent course. 
To fulfill departmental requirements, you'll choose from among courses on topics such as:
  • Urban America
  • Urban Sociology*
  • Cities and Transportation
  • Environmental Sustainabilty
  • Urban Public Policy
  • Environmental Analysis and Design
  • Urban Design and Graphics Studio
  • Urban Inquality
  • Poverty in Developing Countries
  • Urbanization and Social Change
  • Housing and Urban Development Policy
  • Water Resource Policy
  • Public Policy and Management
  • International Divided Cities
  • Latino Metropolis
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Psychology

*Required course offered Fall quarter only

View course descriptions and timing for when courses will be offered via the UPPP departmental course plan. Course plans are subject to change, please verify with your academic advisor.

For complete details of current university, school, and departmental requirements for the Urban Studies undergraduate major, visit the UCI General Catalogue, Urban Planning and Public Policy Undergraduate Program page.
Upon successful completion of Urban Studies major requirements, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies degree. 
Need more information? The School of Social Ecology's Student Services staff offers a variety of forms of advising resources.  

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