Bachelor of Science in Urban Affairs

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban Affairs degree program prepares students for further study and jobs in urban public policy, community development and service delivery, and the administration of public and private agencies in urban settings. The urban affairs degree program combines a foundation in the liberal arts with disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations in the fields related to the chosen course of study.

Students who complete the bachelor’s degree with a major or minor in Urban Affairs will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of urban systems, the history of urbanization, and the policy-making process in the United States.
  • Awareness of the political, social, and ethical issues inherent in policy work focused on minority or disadvantaged urban communities.
  • Competence in written and oral communication.

Distribution Requirements

A total of 48 credits is required.

English

  • MET EN 104 English Composition
  • MET EN 201 Intermediate Composition

Mathematics

  • Four credits in a Metropolitan College math course numbered MET MA 113 or higher. MET MA 213 is highly recommended.

Computer Science

  • MET CS 101 Computers and Their Applications

Natural Science

  • Eight credits in the natural sciences (N)

Literature

  • Four credits in a 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or MET HU 221

Philosophy

  • Four credits

History

  • Four credits

Additional Courses

  • Four credits in the humanities (H)
  • Four credits in the social sciences (S)
  • Four credits in the humanities (H) or natural sciences (N)

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Specialization and Related Courses

A total of twelve courses (48 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Core Requirements

(Four courses/16 credits)

  • MET SO 201 Sociological Methods
  • MET UA 301 Introduction to Urban Affairs
  • MET UA 503 Environmental Health and Safety Management
  • MET UA 509 Urban and Public Finance and Budgeting

Core Electives

Choose six courses (24 credits) from offerings of the Urban Affairs Program in the Department of Applied Social Sciences. Courses are selected with the approval of the urban affairs faculty advisor and must form a coherent policy concentration in areas such as housing and community development, environmental management, health and human services, or public policy analysis and administration.

Related Courses

Choose two courses (8 credits) from disciplines other than urban affairs (choose from the following or substitute courses approved by the department coordinator):

  • MET AH 364 Architecture and City Planning in Old Boston
  • MET AH 394 Urban Environment and Aesthetic Experience
  • MET EC 367 Economics of the Public Sector
  • MET HI 373 History of Boston
  • MET HI 535 Urban History
  • MET UA 403 Boston Urban Seminar
  • MET UA 508 Real Estate Development
  • MET UA 510 Special Topics
  • MET UA 515 History and Theory of Urban Planning

Electives

Usually eight courses (32 credits), but possibly more depending on transfer credits, chosen with the advice of an academic counselor. Courses should be selected to complement and broaden the student’s background. When selecting these courses, consider career objectives and personal interests.

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Urban Affairs Minor

Students may earn a minor in urban affairs in conjunction with their major by successfully completing a coordinated set of approved courses. Twenty credits must be earned with a minimum grade of C. Eight credits may be applied toward both a major and minor specialization. All minor concentrators develop their programs in consultation with and approval of the program advisor.

Required Courses

(Three courses/12 credits)

  • MET UA 301 Introduction to Urban Affairs
  • MET UA 509 Urban and Public Finance and Budgeting
  • MET SO 201 Sociological Methods

Electives

Choose two additional courses (8 credits).

  • MET AH 364 Architecture and City Planning in Old Boston
  • MET AH 394 Urban Environment and Aesthetic Experience
  • MET EC 367 Economics of the Public Sector
  • MET HI 373 History of Boston
  • MET HI 535 Urban History
  • MET UA 403 Boston Urban Seminar
  • MET UA 508 Real Estate Development
  • MET UA 510 Special Topics
  • MET UA 515 History and Theory of Urban Planning

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