Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2019-20 Academic Catalog Program: Urban Studies - URBN.AA Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Urban Studies - URBN.AA

The Urban Studies Option of the Liberal Arts/General Studies Program is offered for students who seek both an understanding of the ways in which historical, cultural, and socio-economic forces have influenced the landscape of the modern city, as well as the skills to help create change in urban environments.  Students finishing this program will demonstrate sensitivity toward the diversity of culture found in urban environments.  Students will hone problem solving skills to address modern urban policy issues that focus around socio-economic hardships and public health disparities, and will apply those skills to challenges faced in the local urban environment.  A variety of courses, from areas such as Architecture and Building Technology, Public Health, Sociology, History, Economics, and Literature, comprise the interdisciplinary curriculum.

The culminating project for a student in the Urban Studies Program will be the Analysis of Urban Systems Capstone course.  In this course, students will engage in a civic learning project, applying problem solving skills they have learned to an actual challenge faced by the city of Springfield, MA.

This curriculum meets the requirements for the MassTransfer A2B Pathway in Sociology.  (For more information about MassTransfer benefits, please visit

Upon successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts/General Studies will be awarded.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between people, structures, and spaces that create the urban landscape by developing a capstone project
  • Create solutions to urban problems using sustainability as a guiding principle
  • Connect historical events to current political events that are occurring in urban centers
  • Demonstrate familiarity with components of literature, language, art, and religion that contribute to the diversity of urban culture
  • Identify various socioeconomic forces that affect urban climate and lead to public policy development and change in a northeast city
  • Interpret epidemiological data and draw conclusions about public health in an urban neighborhood

(URBN.AA) Curriculum

Semester 1

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENG-101 - English Composition 1 3 credits
SOC-101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
ABT-220 - Sustainability and the Built Environment 3 credits
SPN-125 - Spanish for Public Service 3 credits
PSC-102 - State and Municipal Government 3 credits
RCH-100 - Basic Research 1 credits
FYE-101 - First Year Experience 1 credits

Total: 17 credits

Semester 2

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ECN-101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 credits
ENG-102 - English Composition 2 3 credits
BIO-107 - World Food Habits and Sustainability 3 credits
BIO-107L - Lab: World Food Habits and Sustainability 1 credits
SOC-200 - Social Problems 3 credits

Select one:

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
HIS-155 - The Immigrant City 3 credits
HIS-114 - The History of Springfield, MA 3 credits

Total: 16 credits

Semester 3

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
SOC-210 - Race and Society 3 credits
SOC-220 - Urban Sociology 3 credits
MAT-115 - Statistics 3 credits
HIS-210 - Historical Urban Development 3 credits
ABT-222 - Sustainable Community Planning 3 credits

Total: 15 credits

Semester 4

Course NamecreditsTerm TakenGradeGen Ed
ENG-228 - The City in Literature 3 credits
EL-SCI - General Science Elective 3 credits
ART-124 - The Creative Art of Structures 3 credits
SOC-205 - Sociology of the Family 3 credits
SOC-225 - Analysis of Urban Systems 3 credits

Total: 15 credits

Total (URBN.AA) Curriculum Program Credits: 63

Department Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Josh Carreiro Program Director/Assistant Professor 17/237 413-755-4631
John Diffley Assistant Professor 17/241 413-755-4627
Amy Stephenson Professor 17/243 413-755-4693