Urban and regional studies is an interdisciplinary field that analyzes cities and the regions surrounding them as cultural, social, historical and ecological systems. To understand these systems, urban and regional studies draws upon theories and methodologies from the social sciences (anthropology, criminology, demography, economics, political science, psychology and sociology), the humanities (philosophy, art, literature, cultural studies and history), the natural sciences (ecology and environmental studies), urban architecture and design and public policy and planning.
The urban and regional studies minor works with students to develop the following competencies and skills:
• The ability to analyze cities and the regions around them as complex historical, socio-cultural, biological and physical systems from a multidisciplinary perspective.
• The ability to apply multiple disciplinary perspectives to developing solutions to concrete urban and regional problems.
• A knowledge and appreciation of the diversity of urban and regional populations, especially regarding race, gender and class.
• An appreciation for the many opportunities for graduate and professional study and careers focusing on urban and regional systems.
• Understandings and applied experiences that encourage an ethic of service, citizenship and involvement that is responsive to the pressing needs of many urban and regional populations.