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Certificate in Urban Studies

The Urban Studies Certificate, housed in the Department of Geography, takes an interdisciplinary approach. Students take a core of courses in Geography and take courses from one of two concentrations (Urban Theory and Practice or Applied Urban Geography). For further information, go to www.csulb.edu/geography.

This certificate program is eligible for Financial Aid. Please see the department web site for required Federal disclosure information.

Requirements

1. A bachelor's degree, which may be earned concurrently.

2. Consultation with the undergraduate advisor in the Geography Department.

3. A minimum of 23 units distributed as follows:

Core requirements (6 units):

Take the following courses:

  • GEOG 301 The Urban Scene (3)
    Prerequisites: GE Foundation requirement, one or more Exploration courses, and upper division standing.
  • GEOG 464 Urban Geography: Sustainable Cities (3)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 100, GEOG 120, or GEOG 160 or GEOG 301 or consent of instructor; GEOG 360 recommended.
    Corequisite: GEOG 301

Concentration Requirement (minimum 17 units)

Choose One Option:

  • Concentration A - Urban Planning:
  • Take one from each category:
    • Planning Course: GEOG 446
    • GIS Course: GEOG 485/585* or GEOG 471/HCA 471
    • Policy Course: GEOG 467/567 or CAFF 322 or CAFF 422
    • Applications course: GEOG 487/587B or GEOG 488/588 or GEOG 492
    • Electives: as needed to reach 23 units total. Any course listed above or any of the following:
      • CHLS 320, CHLS 421, HIST 474, ANTH 416/516, POSC 327, WGSS 432, DESN 367, GEOG 468, GEOG 469/569
  • Concentration B - Urban Theory and Praxis:
  • Two courses from the following:
  • Place, Space, and Power: POSC 327, WGSS 432, CHLS 421, GEOG 452, GEOG 462, GEOG 465, GEOG 469/569
  • One from each of the following:
  • Policy: GEOG 467, CAFF 322, CAFF 422
  • Community Development: CHLS 320, ASAM 345, GEOG 492
  • Planning or Design: GEOG 446
  • Electives: Additional courses as needed from either concentration

*GEOG 485/585 prerequisite: GEOG 280 or GEOG 471 or HCA 471. GEOG 280 does not count toward the Certificate.


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