Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies is a unique undergraduate degree program combining current multidisciplinary knowledge with practical learning experiences. The program provides a broad foundation for entry level professional work in a wide range of sectors. Students will develop their skills as community-oriented professionals with an understanding of public policy problems and the skills to engage communities in learning about urban problems and working towards solving them in order to promote positive urban change and development. The program also prepares students for future study in related areas such as architecture, business, criminal justice, law, planning, political science, psychology, sociology, and social work. This degree offers students a flexible program of study that can be adapted to fit multiple academic and career interests.

Program Requirements (minimum of 120 credit hours)

General Education (41 hours):
A student must meet the General Education Requirements of Tennessee State University. It is critical to speak with your TSU Student Support Services Counselor prior to enrollment regarding the General Education Requirements and transferability.

• Complete all of your general education courses through Tennessee State, OR
• Speak with the TSU Student Support Services Counselor to determine which prior college credits fulfill the university general education requirements.

Core Urban Studies Required Courses (30 Hours): 
• URBS 2010-98 Introduction to Urban Studies (3)
• SOCI 3000-98 Social Statistics (3)
• SOCI 4510-98 Introduction to Social Research (3)
• URBS 3030-98 Urban Issues & Policies (3)
• URBS 3670-98 Urban History (3)
• URBS 3910-98 Urban Politics (3)
• URBS 4520-98 Urban Economics (3)
• URBS 4600-98 Urban Sociology (3)
• URBS 4850-98 Urban Geography (3)
• URBS 4900-98 Senior Project (3)

Electives (49 hours, including at least 15 Hours Upper-Division): 
Speak with your Urban Studies advisor about possible courses. Students should also consider completing a Minor in Nonprofit Management and Leadership or a second major.      
Graduation Requirements include the following:
• At least 120 semester hours total.
• At least 30 semester hours must be awarded by Tennessee State University.
• At least 42 semester hours at the 3000-4000 level.

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