Urban Studies Minor

The Urban Studies minor offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of varied forces which shape and have shaped the institutions and quality of life in American metropolitan regions. With over 70% of the United States classified as urban, this minor is an important opportunity for students to closely examine relevant economic, sociopolitical and cultural trends, past and present, which affect urban social policy, urban living and urban cultures. Employing several social science and humanities perspectives, the urban studies minor is designed to familiarize students with urban American history, urban social policy, and urban co-cultures, and to complement other majors and career goals: pre-law/law enforcement, education, public administration, business, social work, entertainment industry and journalism among others. Students will be encouraged to pursue field work through volunteerism or internships, including intern programs already available, e.g., Albany, Washington programs in government through Political Science or Social Services through Sociology or Women’s Studies intern programs. Interested students should seek further information and advisement from the chairperson of Africana & Latino Studies Department, 270 Fitzelle, 607.436.3449.

*revised Sociology Department course codes effective Fall 2016. Previous course codes in parentheses.



1. University rules pertaining to curriculum majors also apply to curriculum minors

  • Minor GPA of at least 2.0
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless offered Pass/Fail only
  • One-half (1/2) of the minor coursework must be completed in residence
  • No more than two courses may overlap between/among all majors/minors; any excess requires additional coursework

2. Check proper course selection, sequence and prerequisite requirements with the department of the minor

Core Courses 6 s.h.

Select two of the following:

  • ALS 273 Race, Class, Gender & Culture
  • ALS/PHIL 160 Urban Philosophical Dilemmas
  • GEOG 233 Urban Geography
  • SOC 350 (SOCL 240) Urban Sociology
  • SOC 242 (SOCL 261) Sociology of Ethnic Relations


Group I: Select one of the following: 3 s.h.

  • ALS/THTR 206 Latino Drama: Teatro Campesino
  • ALS 208 African Americans & Latinos in Film/T.V.
  • ALS/ALIT 250 African American Literature
  • ALS 278 The African Atlantic: Popular Culture
  • ALS 279 Hip Hop Culture
  • ALS/ALIT 286 African American Women Writers
  • ALS/ALIT 351 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • ALIT 303 Literature of Imprisonment
  • WMST 290 Women, Race & The Law: An Introduction

Group II: Select two of the following: 6 s.h

  • ANTH 209 Mexican Immigration
  • ALS 252 Latinos on the Move
  • ALS/PSYC 262 Topics in Racism
  • ALS/HIST 264 African American History II
  • ALS 266 The African American Experience
  • ALS 273 Race, Class, Gender & Culture
  • ALS/HIST 288 Borderlands: Latino/as in U.S.
  • FAMS 361 American Families in Poverty
  • GEOG 233 Urban Geography
  • GEOG 347 Urban Planning
  • HIST 208 The City in American Culture
  • HIST 283 History of the City of New York
  • HIST 284 American Ethnic History
  • POLS 222 Governing New York
  • SOC 350 (SOCL 240) Urban Sociology
  • SOC 235 (SOCL 258) Drugs and Society
  • SOC 242 (SOCL 261) Sociology of Ethnic Relations
  • CRJ 287 (SOCL 277) Police and Society
  • CRJ 240 (SOCL 279) Race, Crime & Justice
  • WMST/ALS 269 Women of Color in U.S.

Group III: Select one of the following: 3 s.h.

  • ALS 299/399 Independent Study
  • ALS 395 Senior Seminar in ALS

Students are encouraged to do an internship, though credits will not count towards the minor.

  • ALS 397 Africana & Latino Studies Internship 3 s.h.

Students are encouraged to take the following 1 s.h. courses, though credits will not count towards the minor:

  • PSYC/SOCL/POLS 278 Prisons and Prisoners (1 s.h.)
  • HIST 259 Slave Rebellions in NYC (1 s.h.)

TOTAL 18-21 s.h.

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