URBAN STUDIES

A.S. DEGREE

Description
The Urban Studies Program focuses on the evolution of America’s urban communities from their origins in the 17th century to the globalized cities of today. Students study the economic, social, political and cultural forces that influenced the various phases in this transition. This track focuses heavily on the contemporary challenges faced by America’s metropolitan communities coming from developments at the global, national and local levels, challenges such changes in the local economy and problems of employment, the unequal access to material, educational and cultural resources, the fair distribution of public and private resources, environmental problems and land use issues. Students are encouraged to focus on the human as well as material assets of metro communities in constructing socially and environmentally sustainable communities. The track’s academic program includes opportunities to complement the knowledge gained in the classroom with real life experiences in the greater Rochester metro area.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Explain the origin and development of cities
2. Apply the major theoretical approaches used to understand urban social life
3. Distinguish the major research methods employed in the study of urban environments
4. Apply empirical reasoning to analyzing urban social issues
5. Apply sociological analysis to the Greater Rochester area.
6. Develop the ability to conduct sociological research within the urban environment 
7. Develop the ability to communicate their research findings through written and oral communication


Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into level 4 math at MCC).


Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
    FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

    ENG 101 College Composition OR ENG 200 Advanced Composition
    3
    SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    3
    SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    3
    ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology
    3
    SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    3
    Total
    15
    SECOND SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

    SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - HUMANITIES ELECTIVE
    3
    PROGRAM ELECTIVE
    3
    SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    3
    SOC 202 Urban Sociology
    3
    PHL 210 Human Rights and Democracy in Domestic and International Contexts
    3
    Total
    15
    THIRD SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours

    MTH 160 Statistics I
    3
    PROGRAM ELECTIVE
    3
    SOC 201 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - WR
    3
    LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE
    3
    PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE
    2
    POS 101 Introduction to Political Science - WR
    3
    Total
    17
    FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

    GEG 102 Human Geography
    3
    SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - SOCIAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
    3
    HIS 240 American Urban History - WR
    3
    SOC 102 Social Problems - WR
    3
    PROGRAM ELECTIVE
    3
    Total
    15
    TOTAL CREDITS
62

PROGRAM ELECTIVES:
ANT 216; ART 121, 270; BIO 116: ENG 210, 216, 217; GEG 201, 211, 218; HIS 103, 104, 216; HON 195; HMN 106, IDC 295; MUS 120; POS 102, 216, 203; PSY 101, 205; SOC 203, 209, 210, 211, 216; SUS 101.