Major

NOTE:  If you declared before August 1, 2014, please consult the Stanford Bulletin for the year you declared.  The major (or minor) requirements for that year remain the requirements that you must meet for graduation.  If you have any questions, please consult Student Services Officer Daniela Fields.

The Urban Studies major requires students to complete four types of courses totaling at least 70 units:

  1. 23 units in the core (for those declaring after August 1, 2014; 19 for those who declared earlier)
  2. 9 units (minimum) of skills courses in at least 3 courses of 3 units each (for those declaring after August 1, 2014; 12 units for those declaring between August 1, 2011 and August 1, 2014; 8 units for those who declared earlier than August 1, 2011)
  3. 20 units (minimum) in an area of concentration for those declaring after August 1, 2014; 25 for those who declared earlier
  4. 13 units in the capstone sequence

Urban Studies Core

Urban Studies majors should complete URBANST 110 Utopia and Reality: Introduction to Urban Studies, before Spring Quarter of the junior year. The following courses, totaling 23 units, are required:

Units
URBANST 110 Utopia and Reality: Introduction to Urban Studies 4
URBANST 111 Political Power in American Cities 5
URBANST 112 The Urban Underclass 4
URBANST 113 Introduction to Urban Design: Contemporary Urban Design in Theory and Practice 5
URBANST 114 Urban Culture in Global Perspective 5

Skills

A minimum of 9 units in 3 courses of at least 3 units each are required (for those who declare after August 1, 2014; 12 units for those declaring between August 1, 2011,  and August 1, 2014, 8 units for those who declared before August 1, 2011), and should be taken before the end of the junior year. The following courses are recommended for most Urban Studies majors.

Units
SOC 180A Foundations of Social Research 4
EARTHSYS 144 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) 3-4

ANTHRO 130D Spatial Approaches to Social Science is an approved substitute for EARTHSYS 144. 

The additional skills courses vary depending on a student's needs and interests. Student consult with an adviser to determine the best choice. Courses that fulfill the skills requirement are:

Units
ANTHRO 91 Method and Evidence in Anthropology 5
ANTHRO 93B Prefield Research Seminar: Non-Majors 5
ANTHRO 102 Urban Ethnography 5
EARTHSYS 127 GIS for good: Applications of GIS for International Development and Humanitarian Assistance 3-4
ECON 102A Introduction to Statistical Methods (Postcalculus) for Social Scientists 5
EDUC 191X Introduction to Survey Research 3-4
HUMBIO 82A Qualitative Research Methodology 3
HUMBIO 82B Advanced Data Analysis in Qualitative Research 3
MED 147 Methods in Community Assessment, Evaluation, and Research 3
OSPCPTWN 22 Preparation for Community-Based Research in Community Health and Development 3
PEDS 202C Qualitative Research Methods and Study Design 3
POLISCI 155 Political Data Science 5
SOC 180B Introduction to Data Analysis 4
URBANST 123B Approaching Research in the Community ¿ Design and Methods 3

 

Capstone

All majors are required to complete an internship and a sequence of two seminars, totaling 13 units, in which students participate in the work of an urban organization related to their area of interest, design a senior project, and write the results of their project. The capstone seminars can be used to satisfy the Writing in the Major requirement and to complete some work on an honors thesis. URBANST 201A Capstone Internship in Urban Studies, must be taken by the spring quarter of their junior year.   URBANST 202 Preparation for Senior Research, should be taken in the junior year, and URBANST 203 Senior Seminar in the senior year. Students who plan to be away during Winter Quarter of their junior year are advised to take URBANST 202 Preparation for Senior Research in the Winter Quarter of their sophomore year.

Units
URBANST 201A Capstone Internship in Urban Studies 3
URBANST 202 Preparation for Senior Research 5
URBANST 203 Senior Seminar 5

 

For more details on the Urban Studies major, consult the entry on Urban Studies in the Stanford Bulletin. (pdf)

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