B.S. URS Curriculum and Requirements


Core classes in the major focus on cities and regions — their history, governments, economies, and sociology; students elect other classes from the department and throughout the university.

First-year and transfer students begin with two introductory classes, one on American cities and one on cities throughout the world. In the second year of the program, students take core classes on urban politics, policy, and planning.

Please consult the CRP class listings for a complete listing of URS classes.


The following degree requirements apply:

  • Eight semesters of residence
  • 120 academic credits
  • Two First-Year Writing Seminars
  • Distribution requirements (nine classes)
  • Required core classes for the major (seven classes)
  • Additional required CRP classes at the 3000-level or higher (five classes)
  • Free electives selected in consultation with a faculty advisor or from a course list organized by planning interest areas
  • Completion of the university physical education and swim test requirements

Transfer Students

Transfer students will receive a detailed credit evaluation when they are accepted into the URS program.

Honor's Program

Seniors with a superior record of academic accomplishment may enroll in the department's honors program. Honors students prepare a thesis on a topic of their own choosing under the direction of a faculty member.

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