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.
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
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
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:
*Program Electives: ART 121; ENG 210, 216; GEG 201, 211, 218; HIS 103, 104; MUS 120; POS 102, 203; PSY 101, 205; SOC 209, 210, 216.
***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).