Courses Recommended for First-Years

Fall 2017

URBS UN1515 — Introduction to Urban Studies

Prof. Aaron Passell

3 credits

This course is intended to be both an interdisciplinary introduction to the city and to the field of Urban Studies.  As an introduction to the city, the course will address a variety of questions: What is a city?  How did cities develop? How do cities function socially, politically, and economically? Why do people live in cities? What are some of the major issues facing cities in the early twenty-first century, and how can cities address these issues? 

Spring 2018

URBS UN3420 — Introduction to Urban Sociology

Prof. Aaron Passell

3 credits

This course examines the diverse ways in which sociology has defined and studied cities, focusing on the people who live and work in the city, and the transformations U.S. cities are undergoing today.  Sociological methods including: ethnography, survey research, quantitative studies, and participant observation will provide perspectives on key urban questions such as street life, race, immigration, globalization, conflict, and redevelopment.