Minor in Urban Studies

One of BU’s newest programs, the Minor in Urban Studies, seeks young urban enthusiasts eager to broaden their horizons through exposure to multidisciplinary urban courses. From the myriad of cultures, people, and economic opportunity that exist in cities to the nuts and bolts of what makes cities sustainable and attractive places to be, this minor is a holistic look at what students need to pursue careers in 21st century urban centers.

The Minor in Urban Studies is designed for students who are interested in applying their passions of urban topics to a curriculum that can help prepare them for careers involved in the opportunities and problems that cities present, not only in the United States but around the world. Students have the opportunity to take a wide array of courses that provide an interdisciplinary approach to understanding urban issues; varying urban perspectives are offered through social, political, economic, and environmental lenses, which include classes taught through MET and SED in addition to CAS.

Minor Requirements

A total of six (4-credit) courses are required, all completed with a grade of C or higher.

  • At least ONE must pertain to Physical Infrastructure or Urban Environment topics (below)
  • At least ONE must pertain to Social, Economic and Political topics.
  • The six total courses must come from at least THREE different departments.

All rules pertaining to CAS majors will apply, including a limit of no more than four MET courses to be counted per student toward a degree from CAS.

In addition to meeting the course requirements, students are strongly encouraged to attend one lunch discussion each semester hosted by the Initiative on Cities. These sessions will be specially scheduled and open only to those in the minor, with the goal of creating a cohort and fostering relationships among interested students and between students and the Initiative. Students will also be invited to all Initiative events, conferences and seminars.

Please direct questions and advising appointments to Serrie Hamilton in Political Science at 232 Bay State Road.

Architecture/Urban Planning/Design/Development

CAS AH 328 – Modern Japanese Architecture

CAS AH 364 – Art and Architecture in Madrid: 1561 – Today (Madrid Study Abroad)

CAS AH 381 – London Architecture and Urbanism (London Study Abroad)

CAS AH 383 – Paris Architecture and Urbanism (Paris Study Abroad)

CAS AH 387 – Boston Architecture and Urbanism

CAS AH 531 – Tokyo: City and Concept

CAS AH 544 – Boston Architecture Workshop

CAS AH 584 – Greater Boston: Architecture and Planning

CAS AH 587 – Green Design

CAS AM 371 – Archaeology of Cities

CAS AR 438 – Seminar: Pompeii

CAS BI 306 – Biology of Global Change

CAS BI 523 – Marine Urban Ecology

CAS CS 591 – Data Mechanics for Pervasive System and Urban Applications

CAS EE 348 – Monitoring and Management of Coastal Wetlands, Lagoons and Estuaries (Venice Study Abroad)

CAS EE 349 -Global Climate Change: Science, Economics and Policy (Venice Study Abroad)

CAS GE 400 Environment and Development: A Political Ecology Approach

CAS GE 475 – Urban Ecology

MET UA 503 – Housing and Community Development

MET UA 508 – Real Estate Development

MET UA 509 – Public Finance and Urban Infrastructure

MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Feeding the City: Urban Food

MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Public Health and the Built Environment

MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Sustainable Energy Planning

MET UA 510 – Special Topics: Transit Oriented Development in the 21st Century

MET UA 521 – Environmental Law and Policy

MET UA 523 – Skills and Techniques in Planning

MET UA 580 – Boston Experience: The Role of Architecture in Creating a Sense of Place

MET UA 590 – International Comparative Development and Urbanization

MET UA 610 – Environmental Urban Issues

MET UA 613 – Urban Design and Development

MET UA 617 – Actionable Sustainability

MET UA 619 – International Comparative Development and Urbanization

MET UA 629 – Urbanization and Environment

MET UA 654 – Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis

MET UA 664 – Planning and the Development Process

MET UA 715 – Planning and Land Use Law

Social, Economic, and Political Courses

CAS AA 207 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

CAS AA 310 – History of the Civil Rights Movement

CAS AH 384 – Metropolis: Art and Politics in Istanbul, London, Paris, and New York

CAS AM 202 – What’s Boston?

CAS AN 210 – Medical Anthropology

CAS AN 308 – Food, Culture & Society

CAS AN 309 – Boston: An Ethnographic Approach

CAS AR 353 – Urbanism in Ancient Mesoamerica

CAS EC 325 – The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination in the United States

CAS EC 363 – Race and the Development of the American Economy

CAS EC 364 – Economic Policy: A British Perspective (London Study Abroad)

CAS FY103 – Identity, Inclusion and Social Action

CAS HI 190 – History of Boston

CAS HI 226 – Cities and Cultures

CAS HI 246 – London: Imperial City to World City

CAS HI 251 – Culture Capital: The History of Popular Culture in London (London Study Abroad)

CAS HI 253 – London at War (London Study Abroad)

CAS HI 260 – The Venetian Republic

CAS HI 261 – The Venetian Republic: 697 – 1797

CAS HI 268 – Postcolonial Paris

CAS HI 365 – Shanghai: The Key to Modern China (Shanghai Study Abroad)

CAS HI 390 – Mecca to Dubai: Cities in the Middle East

CAS HI 440 – Refugee Hollywood

CAS HI 568 – The Modern Metropolis: Approaches to Urban History

CAS LS 576 – Topics in Spanish American Literature: Buenos Aires Through its Tales (Buenos Aires Study Abroad)

CAS PO 141 – Introduction to Public Policy

CAS PO 313 – The Politics and Policy of HBO’s The Wire

CAS PO 516 – Urban Programs and Policy

CAS SO 211 – Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms

CAS SO 232 – Sociology and Inequality

CAS SO 242 – Globalization and World Poverty

CAS SO 244 – Urban Sociology

CAS SO 306 – Boston’s People and Neighborhoods

CAS SO 335 – Sociology of Race, Class and Gender

CAS SO 347 – Los Angeles: Case Study of a Global City (Los Angeles Study Abroad)

CAS SO 490 – Global Health: Politics, Institutions and Ideology

MET CJ 101 – Principles of Criminal Justice

MET CJ 352 – Courts, Society and Criminal Procedure

MET CJ 511 – Rehabilitation and Re-Integration

MET MG 545 – Introduction to American Management and Culture

MET SO 501 – Special Topics: Inequality: Policy Implications for Communities

MET UA 510 – Courts, Society and Criminal Procedure

MET UA 510 – Special Topics: History of Metropolitan Boston

MET UA 515 – History, Theory and Planning Practice

MET UA 701 – Urban Problems & Policy Responses

MET UA 704 – Urban Economics

SED ED 410 – Social Context of Education *2 credits

SED ED 412 – Civic Context of Education *2 credits