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
  • Qualification in one foreign language
  • Distribution requirements (nine classes)
  • Five required core classes for major
  • Five additional CRP classes at 3000 level or above
  • Free electives in consultation with a faculty advisor

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.