RC academic minors

University of Michigan students interested in Residential College programs and courses should contact the RC Academic Services Office (134 Tyler, East Quadrangle, 763-0032) or visit in person. Others should contact the RC Admissions Office, 133 Tyler, East Quadrangle, 763-0176.

RC academic minors are open to all LSA students

Students wishing to pursue an RC academic minor must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with each program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Academic Services Office, 134 Tyler, East Quad, or by calling (734) 763-0032.

Urban Studies Academic Minor

Urban Studies

Not a concentration program

Effective Fall 2012

The goal of the Urban Studies minor is to facilitate students active engagement with local communities while fostering the integration of their practical experience with classroom instruction. UCS is an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to explore varied and multiple dimensions of urban and community life through differing theoretical approaches. In addition to coursework in the social sciences and humanities, the minor combines theoretical and analytical concepts from African American studies, social work, urban studies, and other fields to help students understand the challenges of urban life and to expand their capacity for civic engagement and community work.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Urban and Community Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Academic Services Office, 134 Tyler, East Quad, or by calling (734) 763-0032.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor

None for the academic minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the academic minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program

A minimum of 5 courses (at least 16 credits), to be elected from categories as stated:

  1. Core Course:  One of the following:
    • RCSSCI 330, "Urban and Community Studies I: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives."
    • UP 424, "Introduction to Urban Systems"
  2. Electives. Each student will select four electives (no more than one course below the 300 level) from three Categories of courses: Group A (Theory / Perspectives), Group B (Policy / Technique) and Group C (Applications / Practice). No more than two electives may be selected from any one group.
  3.  Group A Theory/Perspectives - Courses that present intellectual background for the study of urban communities. Drawn from history, sociology, political science, and other disciplines, these courses introduce students to disciplinary and theoretical perspectives on community formation and urban life, and they provide opportunities for students to think through differing and at times competing analytical approaches.

    Potential Theory/Perspectives Courses

    • AMCULT 301 section subtitled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing
    • AMCULT 305, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • AMCULT 399 Race, Racism, and Ethnicity
    • ANTHRCUL 438 Urban Anthropology
    • ANTHRCUL 446/WOMENSTD 446 Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
    • ARCH 443/UP 443  History of Urban Form
    • ARCH 519/UP 519 Theories of Urban Design
    • CAAS 332/ENVIRON 336/NRE 336 Environment and Inequality
    • CAAS 434/SOC 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
    • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • CAAS 426 Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
    • CAAS 443 / WOMENSTD 443 The Pedagogy of Empower­ment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
    • CAAS 495, section subtitled "Race and the City in American Culture"
    • ENVIRON 336/CAAS 332/NRE 336 Environment and Inequality
    • HISTORY 344/RCSSCI 344 History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • HISTORY 302 Topics in History, section subtitled "Mapping Black Detroit"
    • HISTORY 364 History of Suburbia
    • HISTORY 468, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • HISTORY 393 Topics in US History, section subtitled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing
    • NRE 336/CAAS 332/ENVIRON 336 Environment and Inequality
    • NRE 573/UP 573 Urban and Regional Theory
    • POLSCI 327 The Politics of the Metropolis
    • RCSSCI 344/HISTORY 344 History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • RCSSCI 345 Community Strategies Against Poverty
    • SOC 434/CAAS 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
    • SOC 435 Urban Inequality and Conflict
    • UP 443/ARCH 443  History of Urban Form
    • UP 519/ARCH 519 Theories of Urban Design
    • UP 521 The Social Life of Public Spaces
    • UP 568 Real Estate and Urban Development
    • UP 573/NRE 573 Urban and Regional Theory
    • UP 655 Neighborhood Planning (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • WOMENSTD 443 / CAAS 443 The Pedagogy of Empower­ment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
    • ANTHRCUL 446/WOMENSTD 446 Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations

      *Note: RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives may be included as an elective under Category A, provided a student has taken UP 424 Introduction to Urban Systems to meet the core course requirement

     Group B Policy/Technique - Courses that provide an introduction to urban planning and policy making as it bears upon urban communities, including issues of the environment, land management, economic development, transportation, and sustainability.

    Potential Policy/Technique Courses

    • ARCH 423/UP 423/ENVIRON 370 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
    • ENVIRON 370/UP 423/ARCH 423 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
    • GEOG 406/UP 406 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG 472/UP 572 Transportation and Land Use Planning
    • NRE 592/UP 502 Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
    • PUBPOL 652/UP 652 Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
    • SW 655/UP 655 Neighborhood Planning
    • UP 406/GEOG 406 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • UP 423 / ARCH 423 / ENVIRON 370 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
    • UP 502/NRE 592 Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
    • UP 507 Geographic Information Systems
    • UP 510 Public Economics for Urban Planning
    • UP 520 Urban Land Use Planning 
    • UP 522 State and Local Land Management
    • UP 523 Regional Planning
    • UP 527 Infrastructure Planning in the US & Developing Countries
    • UP 532 Sustainable Development: Resolving Economic and Environmental Conflicts
    • UP 537 Housing Policy and Economics
    • UP 538 Economic Development Planning
    • UP 539 Methods for Economic Development Planning
    • UP 572/GEOG 472 Transportation and Land Use Planning
    • UP 652/PUBPOL 652 Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
    • UP 655/SW 655 Neighborhood Planning
    • UP 656 Central-City Planning and Community Development
    • UP 658 Urban and Regional Planning in Developing Countries
    • UP 671 Public Policy and Transportation

      *Note: UP 424, Introduction to Urban Systems may be  included as an elective under Category B, provided a student has taken RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives to meet the core course requirement.

     Group C Applications/Practice - Courses that give students direct exposure to community settings and foster the integration of theoretical and policy planning knowledge and practical experience. Through specific engagements with urban and community issues, students experience and examine how theoretical and academic frameworks get applied to in urban contexts. Prominent among these will be "field work" or "field study" courses - that is, courses in which students work in community settings.

    Potential Applications/Practice Courses

    • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317 Community-Based Research
    • AMCULT 310, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
    • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319 Empowering Families and Communities
    • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
    • CAAS 634/SOC 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
      (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • HISTORY 393, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
    • POLSCI 496, section subtitled "Senior Seminar in Urban Research"
    • PSYCH 317/AMCULT 306 Community-Based Research
    • PSYCH 319/ AMCULT 319 Empowering Families and Communities
    • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • RCCORE 301: Internships with Semester in Detroit
    • RCCORE 309, section 006: Spanish Language Internship Placements
    • RCHUMS 334: sections subtitled: "Writing in Detroit;" "Empowering our Communities through Creative Expression;" and "Telling it: Community-Based Arts and Literature"
    • RCLANG 334: Tutoring Latinos in the Community
    • * RCSSCI 360, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
    • * RCSSCI 460, section subtitled "Social and Political Movements in Post-War Detroit"
    • * SOC 389 Practicum in Sociology
    • SOC 634/CAAS 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
      (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • WOMENSTD 350 Women and the Community
    • WOMENSTD 351 Women and the Community II

      * SOC 389, RCSSCI 360, and RCSSCI 460 are topics courses, therefore not all offerings under these numbers will be approved. Students will be allowed to count toward the academic minor only the particular offerings with the subtitles listed above (or others that are relevant to urban and community studies).

Urban Studies Academic Minor (Winter 2010 - Summer 2012) +

Urban Studies

Not a concentration program

Effective Winter 2010 through Fall 2012

The goal of the Urban Studies minor is to facilitate students active engagement with local communities while fostering the integration of their practical experience with classroom instruction. UCS is an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to explore varied and multiple dimensions of urban and community life through differing theoretical approaches. In addition to coursework in the social sciences and humanities, the minor combines theoretical and analytical concepts from African American studies, social work, urban studies, and other fields to help students understand the challenges of urban life and to expand their capacity for civic engagement and community work.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Urban and Community Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Academic Services Office, 134 Tyler, East Quad, or by calling (734) 763-0032.

Exclusions

Not open to students concentrating in Social Theory and Practice in the Residential College.

For students with concentrations in other LS&A programs, only one of the courses taken to complete this minor may be counted toward the concentration. Courses used to meet the Urban and Community Studies minor may not be counted simultaneously toward any other minor.

 

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor

None for the academic minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the academic minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program

A minimum of 5 courses (at least 16 credits), to be elected from categories as stated:

  1. Core Course:  One of the following:
    • RCSSCI 330, "Urban and Community Studies I: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives."
    • UP 424, "Introduction to Urban Systems"
  2. Electives. Each student will select four electives (no more than one course below the 300 level) from three Categories of courses: Group A (Theory / Perspectives), Group B (Policy / Technique) and Group C (Applications / Practice). No more than two electives may be selected from any one group.
  3.  Group A Theory/Perspectives - Courses that present intellectual background for the study of urban communities. Drawn from history, sociology, political science, and other disciplines, these courses introduce students to disciplinary and theoretical perspectives on community formation and urban life, and they provide opportunities for students to think through differing and at times competing analytical approaches.

    Potential Theory/Perspectives Courses

    • AMCULT 301 section subtitled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing
    • AMCULT 305, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • AMCULT 399 Race, Racism, and Ethnicity
    • ANTHRCUL 438 Urban Anthropology
    • ANTHRCUL 446/WOMENSTD 446 Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations
    • ARCH 443/UP 443  History of Urban Form
    • ARCH 519/UP 519 Theories of Urban Design
    • CAAS 332/ENVIRON 336/NRE 336 Environment and Inequality
    • CAAS 434/SOC 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
    • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • CAAS 426 Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
    • CAAS 443 / WOMENSTD 443 The Pedagogy of Empower­ment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
    • CAAS 495, section subtitled "Race and the City in American Culture"
    • ENVIRON 336/CAAS 332/NRE 336 Environment and Inequality
    • HISTORY 344/RCSSCI 344 History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • HISTORY 302 Topics in History, section subtitled "Mapping Black Detroit"
    • HISTORY 364 History of Suburbia
    • HISTORY 468, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
    • HISTORY 393 Topics in US History, section subtitled "Detroit Politics and Community Organizing
    • NRE 336/CAAS 332/ENVIRON 336 Environment and Inequality
    • NRE 573/UP 573 Urban and Regional Theory
    • POLSCI 327 The Politics of the Metropolis
    • RCSSCI 344/HISTORY 344 History of Detroit in the 20th Century
    • RCSSCI 345 Community Strategies Against Poverty
    • SOC 434/CAAS 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
    • SOC 435 Urban Inequality and Conflict
    • UP 443/ARCH 443  History of Urban Form
    • UP 519/ARCH 519 Theories of Urban Design
    • UP 521 The Social Life of Public Spaces
    • UP 568 Real Estate and Urban Development
    • UP 573/NRE 573 Urban and Regional Theory
    • UP 655 Neighborhood Planning (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • WOMENSTD 443 / CAAS 443 The Pedagogy of Empower­ment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
    • ANTHRCUL 446/WOMENSTD 446 Sex and the City: Urban Geography and Sexual Locations

      *Note: RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives may be included as an elective under Category A, provided a student has taken UP 424 Introduction to Urban Systems to meet the core course requirement

     Group B Policy/Technique - Courses that provide an introduction to urban planning and policy making as it bears upon urban communities, including issues of the environment, land management, economic development, transportation, and sustainability.

    Potential Policy/Technique Courses

    • ARCH 423/UP 423/ENVIRON 370 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
    • ENVIRON 370/UP 423/ARCH 423 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
    • GEOG 406/UP 406 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • GEOG 472/UP 572 Transportation and Land Use Planning
    • NRE 592/UP 502 Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
    • PUBPOL 652/UP 652 Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
    • SW 655/UP 655 Neighborhood Planning
    • UP 406/GEOG 406 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    • UP 423 / ARCH 423 / ENVIRON 370 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
    • UP 502/NRE 592 Environmental Planning: Issues and Concepts
    • UP 507 Geographic Information Systems
    • UP 510 Public Economics for Urban Planning
    • UP 520 Urban Land Use Planning 
    • UP 522 State and Local Land Management
    • UP 523 Regional Planning
    • UP 527 Infrastructure Planning in the US & Developing Countries
    • UP 532 Sustainable Development: Resolving Economic and Environmental Conflicts
    • UP 537 Housing Policy and Economics
    • UP 538 Economic Development Planning
    • UP 539 Methods for Economic Development Planning
    • UP 572/GEOG 472 Transportation and Land Use Planning
    • UP 652/PUBPOL 652 Strategic Thinking for Affordable Housing
    • UP 655/SW 655 Neighborhood Planning
    • UP 656 Central-City Planning and Community Development
    • UP 658 Urban and Regional Planning in Developing Countries
    • UP 671 Public Policy and Transportation

      *Note: UP 424, Introduction to Urban Systems may be  included as an elective under Category B, provided a student has taken RCSSCI 330: Urban and Community Studies: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives to meet the core course requirement.

     Group C Applications/Practice - Courses that give students direct exposure to community settings and foster the integration of theoretical and policy planning knowledge and practical experience. Through specific engagements with urban and community issues, students experience and examine how theoretical and academic frameworks get applied to in urban contexts. Prominent among these will be "field work" or "field study" courses - that is, courses in which students work in community settings.

    Potential Applications/Practice Courses

    • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317 Community-Based Research
    • AMCULT 310, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
    • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319 Empowering Families and Communities
    • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
    • CAAS 634/SOC 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
      (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • HISTORY 393, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
    • POLSCI 496, section subtitled "Senior Seminar in Urban Research"
    • PSYCH 317/AMCULT 306 Community-Based Research
    • PSYCH 319/ AMCULT 319 Empowering Families and Communities
    • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
    • RCCORE 301: Internships with Semester in Detroit
    • RCCORE 309, section 006: Spanish Language Internship Placements
    • RCHUMS 334: sections subtitled: "Writing in Detroit;" "Empowering our Communities through Creative Expression;" and "Telling it: Community-Based Arts and Literature"
    • RCLANG 334: Tutoring Latinos in the Community
    • * RCSSCI 360, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
    • * RCSSCI 460, section subtitled "Social and Political Movements in Post-War Detroit"
    • * SOC 389 Practicum in Sociology
    • SOC 634/CAAS 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
      (requires instructor approval for undergraduates)
    • WOMENSTD 350 Women and the Community
    • WOMENSTD 351 Women and the Community II

      * SOC 389, RCSSCI 360, and RCSSCI 460 are topics courses, therefore not all offerings under these numbers will be approved. Students will be allowed to count toward the academic minor only the particular offerings with the subtitles listed above (or others that are relevant to urban and community studies).

Urban and Community Studies Academic Minor (through Fall 2009) +

 

Urban and Community Studies

Not a concentration program

effective until Fall 2009 | 

The goal of the Urban and Community Studies minor (UCS) is to facilitate students active engagement with local communities while fostering the integration of their practical experience with classroom instruction. UCS is an interdisciplinary minor that allows students to explore varied and multiple dimensions of urban and community life through differing theoretical approaches. In addition to coursework in the social sciences and humanities, the minor combines theoretical and analytical concepts from African American studies, social work, urban studies, and other fields to help students understand the challenges of urban life and to expand their capacity for civic engagement and community work.

Students wishing to pursue an academic minor in Urban and Community Studies must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the program's designated advisor. Appointments may be scheduled at the RC Academic Services Office, 134 Tyler, East Quad, or by calling (734) 763-0032.

Exclusions: Not open to students concentrating in Social Sciences in the Residential College.

For students with concentrations in other LS&A programs, only one of the courses taken to complete this minor may be counted toward the concentration. Courses used to meet the Urban and Community Studies minor may not be counted simultaneously toward any other minor.

Prerequisites to the Academic Minor: None for the Academic Minor per se, although individual courses elected to meet the requirements of the Academic Minor may have course prerequisites.

Academic Minor Program: A minimum of 5 courses (at least 16 credits), to be elected from categories as stated:

  1. Core Course: RCSSCI 330, "Urban and Community Studies I: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives."

  2. Electives. Each student will select four electives (at least two of which must be at the 300-level and above) in consultation with the advisor. Two courses must be from Group A and two course from Group B.

    1. Perspectives - Courses that present intellectual background for the study of urban communities. Drawn from history, sociology, political science, and other disciplines, these courses introduce students to disciplinary and theoretical perspectives on community formation and urban life, and they provide opportunities for students to think through differing and at times competing analytical approaches.

      Potential Perspectives Courses
      • AMCULT 305, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
      • ARCH 423/UP 423/ENVIRON 370 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
      • CAAS 434/SOC 434 Social Organization of Black Communities
      • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
      • CAAS 426 Urban Redevelopment and Social Justice
      • CAAS 443/WOMENSTD 443 The Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
      • CAAS 495, section subtitled "Race and the City in American Culture"
      • ENVIRON 370/UP 423/ARCH 423 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
      • HISTORY 344/RCSSCI 344 History of Detroit in the 20th Century
      • HISTORY 468, section subtitled "Asians and Blacks in Detroit"
      • POLSCI 327 The Politics of the Metropolis
      • RCSSCI 344/HISTORY 344 History of Detroit in the 20th Century
      • RCSSCI 345 Community Strategies Against Poverty
      • SOC 434/CAAS 434   Social Organization of Black Communities
      • WOMENSTD 443/CAAS 443 The Pedagogy of Empowerment: Activism in Race, Gender, and Health
      • UP 423/ARCH 423/ENVIRON 370 Introduction to Urban and Environmental Planning
      • UP 655 Neighborhood Planning (requires instructor approval for undergraduates )
    2. Applications - Courses that give students direct exposure to community settings and foster the integration of theoretical knowledge and practical experience. Through specific engagements with urban and community issues, students experience and examine how theoretical and academic frameworks get applied to community work. Prominent among these will be field work" or field study" courses - that is, courses in which students work in community settings.

      Potential Application Courses
      • AMCULT 306/PSYCH 317 Community-Based Research
      • AMCULT 310, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
      • AMCULT 319/PSYCH 319 Empowering Families and Communities
      • AMCULT 321/PSYCH 325 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
      • CAAS 358, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
      • CAAS 634/SOC 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
        (requires instructor approval for undergraduates )
      • HISTORY 393, section subtitled "Race, Politics, and Activism in Detroit"
      • PSYCH 317/AMCULT 306 Community-Based Research
      • PSYCH 319/ AMCULT 319 Empowering Families and Communities
      • PSYCH 325/AMCULT 321 Practicum in the Multicultural Community
      • WOMENSTD 350 Women and the Community
      • WOMENSTD 351 Women and the Community II
      • RC SSCI 360*, section subtitled "Urban and Community Studies II"
      • SOC 389* Practicum in Sociology
      • RC SSCI 460*, section subtitled "Social and Political Movements in Post-War Detroit"
      • POLSCI 496,   section subtitled "Senior Seminar in Urban Research"
      • SOC 634/CAAS 634 The Urban Ethnographic Tradition: Theory, Method, Standpoint
        (requires instructor approval for undergraduates )

      * SOC 389, RCSSCI 360, and RCSSCI 460 are topics courses, therefore not all offerings under these numbers will be approved. Students will be allowed to count toward the minor only the particular offerings with the subtitles listed above (or others that are relevant to urban and community studies).


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