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:
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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.
(22 semester hours)
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.
New students are automatically considered for general academic scholarships ranging from $1,000-15,000 based on a careful review of their application materials.
For a complete listing of departmental scholarships available to first-year students, use the Scholarship Search ».
Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Urban Studies as a:
Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for: