Aug 06, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Urban Studies, BA


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The Bachelor of Sciences in Urban Studies degree is a multidisciplinary program that draws on Coppin State University's current course offers and faculty strengths to provide students with a comprehensive generalist approach to the study of urban life. Upon completion of the degree, graduates will be able to approach urban issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, and demonstrate an appreciation for the diverse nature of urban populations and the unique issues they face. The urban studies program will prepare students for entry to mid-level public sector positions, as well as private nonprofit and for profit careers that will utilize urban studies program skills and knowledge. The program will give students an overall understanding of problems and opportunities for change across metropolitan areas.

Urban studies majors will be encouraged to perform community service throughout the program, which will culminate in a required comprehensive internship. The urban studies program as part of the urban centered Coppin State University legacy and mission provide students a skill building and knowledge base to examine the economic, political, environmental, and social forces that shape urban areas. According to the Department of Census statistics, almost 80 percent of the United States population lives in urban areas. The proportion is much higher for blacks and people of color. Therefore, Coppin State University is in a unique position to expose students to a balance of theory and practice and to be learners and leaders in addressing urban challenges and promoting solutions.

Urban Studies Major Requirements


Urban Studies students must complete 120 credit hours to receive the Bachelors degree. This includes 40 credits of general education requirements, 51 credit hours in the urban studies major and additional courses to complete the university's degree requirement of 120 credit hours. These elective hours may include a minor or part of a second major.

Urban Studies Majors Are Expected to Choose a Minor


Urban Studies students will confer with their faculty advisor to choose a minor or a set of elective courses that coincide with their academic and/or `career interests. Adult Education, Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Economics, English, Foreign Language: Spanish, Geography, Global Studies, History, Journalism, Management Science, Mass Communication, Communication, Management, Communication Research, Communication Technology, Mathematics, Non-Profit Management, Philosophy, Political Science, Private Security Administration, Psychology, Reading Education, Sociology, Sports Management, and Urban Recreation, Social Welfare.

Foundation Courses (9 Credits)


must be taken in sequential order

Total Credits: 51


Level I (Freshman)


Total Semester Credits: 16


Total Semester Credits: 15


Level II (Sophomore)


Total Semester Credits: 16


Total Semester Credits: 15


Level III (Junior)


Total Semester Credits: 15


Spring Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Level IV (Senior)


Fall Semester


  • SOCI 406 - Sociology of the City 3 Credit(s)
  • HEED 420 - Community Health 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)
  • General Elective 3 Credit(s)

Total Semester Credits: 15


Spring Semester


Total Semester Credits: 15


Total Credits: 122


General Education Requirement

University Graduation Requirement

Major Course

or any 2 part 200 level History

or any ENGL 200 level or above 

BIOL 101  or BIOL 107  or CHEM 101  or PHSC 101  or PHSC 103  

PHIL 103  or PHIL 102  

or IDIS 103  or any Foreign Language or ART 105  or MUSC 201  or DANC 226  or THEA 211 

or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202  or SPCH 204  or GEOG 102  

General Elective - any University course 

Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options.

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