School(s): Social Sciences & Global StudiesMCC Program Code: UR01
CIP Code: 45.1201
NYSED Code (BRI): 37567
NYSED Code (DCC): 37568
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).
|ENG 101 College Composition OR|
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
|MTH 160 Statistics I#|
|ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology|
|SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology|
|URS 100/SOC 202 Urban Sociology|
First Semester Total:
|HIS 114 Western Civilization II: 1700s to the Present|
|SOC 102 Social Problems|
|SOC 201 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity|
Second Semester Total:
|ENG 210 Literature of the Black Experience OR|
ENG 216 American Minorities in Literature
|PHL 210 Human Rights and Democracy in Domestic and International Contexts|
|POS 101 Introduction to Political Science|
|SUNY GENERAL EDUCATION - NATURAL SCIENCES (SUNY-NS) ELECTIVE***|
Third Semester Total:
|GEG 102 Human Geography|
|HIS 240 American Urban History|
|SOC 203 Criminology|
|MCC GENERAL EDUCATION - HEALTH AND WELLNESS (MCC-HW) ELECTIVE**|
Fourth Semester Total:
**Recommended course: HED 115.
***BIO 116 is recommended.
#To complete the MTH 160 requirement, the student may need to take the following Math course first, based on Math placement: Level 1: TRS 092; Level 2 or 3: TRS 094; Level 4-6: MTH 096; Level 8: MTH 160 (required).
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