BA in Urban Studies

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Urban Planning and Policy degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies. Elective courses may have prerequisites.

Summary of Requirements
General and Basic Education Requirements33-34
Required for the Degree36
Selectives for the Degree24
Free Electives26-27
Total Hours120

General and Basic Education Requirementsa

Required Courses
ENGL 160Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts3
ENGL 161Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research3
Foreign Language (8 hours or equivalent in a single language)8
ECON 120Principles of Microeconomics b4
Analyzing the Natural World course c3
Exploring World Cultures course c3
Understanding the Creative Arts course c3
Understanding the Past course c3
One elective course from any General Education Core category c3
CC 120UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar d1
Total Hours33-34
a

Two courses from the major count toward the university General Education requirements, including the Understanding U.S. Society requirement and a total of 24 hours of General Education courses distributed across the six categories.

b

This course fulfills the General Education course requirement for Understanding the Individual and Society.

c

See the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.

d

Required for new freshmen only.

Required for the Degree

Required Courses
US 101Introduction to Urban Studies3
US 130Principles of Urban Sustainability3
US 202Planning Great Cities3
PA/UPA 300Introduction to Urban Policy Processes3
US 301Political Economy of Urban Development3
US 304Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City3
US 306Urban Policy Analysis Methods3
US 308Globalization in Urban Studies3
PA 309Public Budgeting and Financial Management3
UPP 403Introduction to Urban Planning3
UPP 405Researching the City3
US 495Senior Capstone Experience in Urban Studies3
Total Hours36
a

This course is approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category. Two courses from the major count toward the university General Education requirements, including the Understanding U.S. Society requirement and a total of 24 hours of General Education courses distributed across the six categories

Selectives for the Degree

Courses
Select 24 hours from the list of courses below or from the US or UPP rubrics. Students are encouraged to work with an advisor to take a cluster of three courses in a specialization of their interest.24
Independent Study in Urban Studies
Cinema and the City
Mapping the Urban: Cartography and its Alternatives
Latin American Cities in a Global Context: Environment, Employment, and Housing
Great Cities Internship
Great Cities: London and Chicago
Introduction to Geospatial Analysis and Visualization
Geographic Information Systems for Planning
Intermediate GIS for Planning
Complexity-based Models for Planning and Policy
Advanced Visualization Techniques
Topics in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization
Topics in Urban Planning and Policy
Independent Study in Urban Studies
Race and Urban Life
Urban Cultural Problems
History of Chicago Architecture
Global Environmental Change
Economic Demography
Concepts in Geography
Introduction to Cultural Geography
Elements of Spatial Analysis
Remote Sensing of the Environment
Geographic Information Systems I
Geographic Information Systems II
The World Since 1400
History of Chicago
Introduction to Latino Urban Studies
Latin American Cities in a Global Context: Environment, Employment, and Housing
Latinos in Chicago
Introduction to Policy Process
Policy Analysis and Alternatives
Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society
Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment
Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment
Public Management
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Introduction to Urban Politics
Chicago's Future
Introduction to Sociology
Urban Sociology
Urban Ethnography
Population
Total Hours24

Electives

Courses
Free Electives26-27
Total Hours26-27

Sample Course Schedule

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
Fall SemesterHours
US 101 Introduction to Urban Studies 3
CC 120 UIC First-Year Dialogue Seminar 1
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
Foreign Language 101 4
Exploring World Cultures course 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Selective for the degree 3
Understanding the Creative Arts course 3
Understanding the Past course 3
Foreign Language 102 4
 Hours16
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester
US 130 Principles of Urban Sustainability 3
ECON 120 Principles of Microeconomics 4
Analyzing the Natural World course 4
Elective 3
 Hours14
Spring Semester
US 202 Planning Great Cities 3
Selective for the degree 3
Elective 4
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Junior Year
Fall Semester
PA 300 Introduction to Urban Policy Processes 3
US 301 Political Economy of Urban Development 3
Selective for the degree 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
US 306 Urban Policy Analysis Methods 3
US 308 Globalization in Urban Studies 3
UPP 403 Introduction to Urban Planning 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Senior Year
Fall Semester
UPP 405 Researching the City 3
US 304 Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City 3
Selective for the degree 3
Selective for the degree 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
US 495—Senior Capstone Experience in Urban Studies 3
PA 309 Public Budgeting and Financial Management 3
Selective for the degree 3
Selective for the degree 3
Selective for the degree 3
 Hours15
 Total Hours120