Structure of the Urban Studies Major

Students completing the Urban Studies major for Class of 2019 onwards will take eleven courses (54-55 MC equivalent) including a final-year capstone project, which is equivalent to 10 MC. Four of the eleven courses are required courses, as specified below. Two of the required courses are urban-related methods courses which should be taken before your senior capstone year, so you are well prepared for the independent research required by the capstone. The remaining five courses comprise of topical course electives, of which at least one should be a 4000-level course.

4 Required Courses

  • Introduction to Urban Studies (ordinarily taken in Year 1 or 2)
  • Urban Theory (ordinarily taken in Year 2 or Year 3, and preferably before Year 4)
  • GIS & Demographics and/or Urban Spatial Reasoning, or a course approved by the Head of Studies
  • Another methods course
    • Examples of methods courses cross-listed to Urban Studies include:
      • Methods in the Social Sciences
      • Ethnography
      • The Historian’s Craft
      • Econometrics
      • Documentary Photography
      • Art Ethnography

5 Topical Course Electives

Five Urban Studies topical courses, of which at least one should be an advanced 4000-level course.

Capstone: Urban Studio (taken in Year 4)

 

Course Sequencing – Think Ahead!

It is recommended that students contemplating an Urban Studies major complete Introduction to Urban Studies as soon as they can (that is, in Semester Two of Year 1 or Semester One of Year 2) and preferably before they declare into the major.

Introduction to Urban Studies should be taken no later than Semester One of Year 3, and cannot be taken in Year 4.

Introduction to Urban Studies normally should be completed before Urban Theory, or concurrently with Urban Theory. Urban Theory normally should be completed by end of Year 3, to prepare you for the capstone.

Methods requirements should be completed by end of Year 3, to prepare you for the capstone.

Planning for Study Abroad in Year 3

If you plan to study abroad in Semester One of Year 3, you should ideally complete Introduction to Urban Studies and Urban Theory by the end of Year 2. If this is not possible because of study abroad opportunities and course offerings, then a student can complete Urban Theory in Semester One of Year 4.

If you plan to study abroad in Semester Two of Year 3, you should ideally complete Introduction to Urban Studies and Urban Theory in Year 3, before you leave for Study abroad.

 

Possible scenarios to complete the Urban Studies major: