Urban and Regional Studies

Undergraduate Programs

Majors

Program Locations Total Credits
Urban and Regional Studies BS BS - Bachelor of Science
  • Mankato
120

Minors

Program Locations Total Credits
Urban and Regional Studies Minor
18

Policies & Faculty

Policies

Admission to Major is granted by the department. Minimum university admission requirements are:

  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (“C”).

Contact the department for application procedures. 

P/N Grading Policy. The internship must be taken on a P/N basis. All other courses must be taken for grade. 

Contact Information

109 Morris Hall

Main Office (507) 389-2721
http://sbs.mnsu.edu/ursi/

Faculty

100 Level

Credits: 3

A fresh look at the city, with emphasis on the reasons why cities have grown and how people can make cities livable.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05, GE-08

Credits: 3

Appreciation of the city as the highest cultural achievement in design and architecture.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06

Credits: 3

This course will identify and analyze global social, economic, political and environmental problems impacting community viability and explore the full range of solutions to these problems. The course will view communities as complex, sustainable organisms and bring together the works of the great minds working on sustainability.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05, GE-10

200 Level

Credits: 3

Introduction to community leadership-elected, professional, or voluntary-and the skills and values which support it.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-09, GE-11

Credits: 3

Introduction to community leadership-elected, professional, or voluntary-and the skills and values which support it.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-09, GE-11

Credits: 3

Introduction to knowledge, values and skills required to strengthen and maintain the capacity of a local group (neighborhood, city, or region) to provide for the resident's needs.

Prerequisites: none

400 Level

Credits: 3

This course is a survey of the local community--the forces which shape it, the significance of a democratic public, and the professional practice of local government service.Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Introduction to skills and techniques used to form questions about urban affairs, to organize and analyze information to answer it, and to present the results of one's analysis in a professional format.Fall, Spring

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Prepares students to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions and utilize techniques of analysis.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

This course, designed for student preparing for a professional career in local government or public service, focuses on media relations and building citizen involvement through public awareness projects.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Reviews processes and techniques related to evaluation of public programs.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Public policy and programs that address issues of housing supply, quality, costs, and neighborhood revitalization.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

An overview of local government law and local governing powers. In addition, public issues in the legal context will be examined from a management and operational perspective.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A basic working knowledge and vocabulary of urban design concepts and techniques in an applied problem solving context.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Theory and applications of principles of landscape architecture or urban design.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines the problem of central business district deterioration and explores the changing patterns of economic and social mobility with primary focus upon the trends of downtown revitalization currently being employed by the public and private sectors.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Preservation techniques, principles of structural evaluation, adaptive use potentials and options, economic consideration in preservation and the role of legislation.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Historic Preservation: Policy and Field Methods introduces students to the rules and laws of structural historic preservation. The course will investigate the major policy documents, laws, agencies, survey methods, and examine how they are applied in local government preservation.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Advanced course to explore the interactions of space and social institutions in an urban context.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Nature of the Third Sector, from a variety of perspectives, and implications for managing both internal and external relations of nonprofit organizations.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Raising resources for public and nonprofit organizations--from needs assessment through obtaining funding to managing the grant after it is awarded.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Regional and county planning content and procedures, including basic research, land use planning, and implementation of regulations.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

A survey course covering the concepts, processes, tools and strategies of economic development in local communities. Emphasis is on the why and how of economic development.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines and applies the fundamental concepts, techniques and mechanisms for environmental planning at the city, county, and sub-state regional levels.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 3

Examines transportation problems of, and solutions for large and medium sized cities. Special emphasis on reducing traffic congestion, improving management of transit systems, and linking transportation and land-use planning.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-3

Varying topics dealing with emerging trends and contemporary needs facing urban America.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-6

Varying topics using applied techniques to address community issues.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-6

Problem solving in communities and direct involvement into specific areas of study of student interest.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Credits: 3

Assemble and evaluate information and opinions into a coherent position on what makes cities work, and prepare for entry into professional world of work in cities.

Prerequisites: none

Credits: 1-12

Scheduled work assignments, varying in length and content, under the supervision of selected professional sponsors.

Prerequisites: Consent 

Credits: 1-4

Independent study under supervision of an instructor with a research paper or report to be presented.

Prerequisites: Consent