BS in Urban Affairs

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban Affairs 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 program combines a foundation in the liberal arts with disciplinary and interdisciplinary concentrations in the fields related to the chosen course of study.

Distribution Requirements

(total 48 credits)


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


  • 4 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

  • 8 credits in the natural sciences (N)


  • Any 100- or 200-level MET EN literature course or MET HU 221


  • 4 credits


  • 4 credits

Additional Courses

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

Major and Related Courses

(total 48 credits)

A total of 12 courses (48 credits), completed with a grade of C or higher, is required.

Required Courses

The following four courses (16 credits) are required:

  • 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

Major 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 major in areas such as housing and community development, environmental management, health and human services, or public policy analysis and administration.

Please check with your Academic Counselor in Undergraduate Student Services for an approved listing of Urban Affairs electives and related courses.

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 CJ 251 Police and Society
  • MET EC 367 Economics of the Public Sector
  • MET HI 373 History of Boston
  • MET HI 535 Urban History
  • MET MG 410 Entrepreneurial Management: Starting, Innovating, and Managing Small-, Medium-, and Large-Sized Ventures
  • MET MG 415 Project Management
  • MET SO 203 Sociological Theories
  • MET SO 344 Drugs and Society
  • 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
  • MET UA 590 International Comparative Urbanization and Planning


(total 32 credits)

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.