The city is the center of it all. As an urban studies student at Calvin, you'll examine the infrastructure and intermechanisms of these cultural hubs from a uniquely Christian perspective.
An interdisciplinary minor, urban studies focuses on urban issues and locates them within a Christian worldview. The minor consists of a curriculum of six courses, one of which must be sociology 302, "Urban Sociology." Remaining course depends on your specific interests and career goals. Choose from these three course tracks:
- urban social development: sociology, philosophy and history
- the built environment: architecture, environmental studies and geography
- urban policy: political science, economics and social work
Careers in Urban Studies
- Corrections Officer
See job placement rates for Calvin grads.
Spend a semester studying in Chicago, Washington D.C. or Amsterdam; Explore downtown Grand Rapids; Assist a professor with sociological research through a summer fellowship.
Course Requirements 2013-14
Urban Studies minor
(18 semester hours)
- SOC-302 Urban Sociology
- One three course track from the following:
- Track 1: Urban Social Development
- Track 2: The Built Environment
- Track 3: Urban Policy (three from)
- Two of the following elective courses:
- ARCT-202 Architectural History II
- CAS-303 Applied Theatre
- ECON-330 Urban Growth and Development
- ENST-210 Human Impacts on the Environment
- GEOG-310 Urban Geography
- GEOG-351 City and Regional Planning
- HIST-356 American Social and Cultural History
- HIST-357 American Economics History
- PHIL-207 Justice and the Common Good: Studies in Political Philosophy
- POLS-202 American State and Local Politics
- POLS-208 Urban Politics
- SOC-250 Diversity and Inequality in the U.S.
- SOWK-360 Social Welfare Policy Analysis
- SPAN-310 Hispanic Culture in the U.S.
One approved interim course will be allowed (these will be approved on an ad hoc basis by members of the minor?s governing committee).
Special topics courses and independent studies are allowed with the permission of the urban studies minor committee. Substitutions for specific classes may also be allowed with the permission of the committee.
Students may also receive credit for internships and off-campus programs (e.g.: Chicago Semester) for up to six credits. To receive such credit, a student must receive prior approval from the urban studies minor committee.
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies