College or School: 
College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Program Type: 
Urban Affairs and Geography
Four Year Graduation Plan: 
Three Year Degree Plan: 
Program Description: 

Urban Affairs

Urban Affairs is an interdisciplinary program offering a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students learn about the urban environment as a complex system. They study theories and practices of urban development processes from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program develops core competencies that include quantitative and qualitative analysis, effective communications, systems thinking, and consensus building and teamwork. The program is designed to prepare students for junior- or entry-level positions in local government and nonprofit organizations or to embark on a graduate program. 

Students must have at least a 2.3 GPA or receive a special waiver from the chair to be admitted to the major. Interested students may apply for admission after meeting college admission requirements. Majors are required to complete a common core of courses and a concentration in one of four areas: community development, criminal justice, public administration, or urban social/physical planning. 

Urban Affairs students are required to participate in the department's internship program. The internship is designed to complement class work and give students experience in the professional work environment. Students interested in the internship should contact the departmental coordinator of the program or their advisor. Students currently working in a related field may have the internship requirement waived. 

For further information about the program and admission criteria and procedures, students should contact the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography.

Program Requirements: 


I. Wright State Core 38
Element 1: Communication 6
Element 2: Mathematics 3
Element 3: Global Traditions 6
Element 4: Arts and Humanities 3
Element 5: Social Sciences 6
Element 6: Natural Sciences 8
Additional Core Courses 6
II. Departmental Requirements 36

Core Courses: 

URS 3000, 3450, 3300, 4270, 4990

Urban Affairs Concentration:  

Required :

URS 3100


Elective Courses:

Six Electives selected from:

URS 3200, 3210, 3460, 4200, 4210, 4230, 4240,

4260, 4280, 4290, 4300, 4310, 4320, 4330,

4340, 4390, 4400, 4410, 4420, 4430, 4450,

4460, 4480, 4490, 4500, EC 4400, GEO 4410,

4430, 4440

III. Related Requirements 9
ENG 3000 or 3610 3
GEO 3600 3
CS 1011 3
IV. Foreign Language and Research Methods 18

Foreign Language

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, Russian, Italian, Japanese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry  

Quantitative Thinking

URS 4980 Applied Research Methods

(or other approved course from)

COM 4490, MUS 4140, PLS 2100, SW 2910, SOC 3000, SOC 3060, MS 2040


Qualitative Thinking

PHL 4720

(or other approved course from)

PHL 2150, PHL 2230, PHL 3230, PHL 4710

V. Electives 23