Urban Studies

Associate in Arts Degree
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: A1980)

This transfer degree provides students with courses required to prepare for the Urban Studies major at SDSU and at other 4-year institutions. This degree focuses on cities and urban communities, with particular emphasis on their environments, peoples and cultures, economies and politics, and urban spaces and places.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Student will address various groups and make presentations in a clear and organized manner.
  • Student will work with diverse groups in a collaborative and collegial manner that promotes productivity, problem solving, and creativity.
  • Student will use knowledge in an integrative manner to discuss various issues and solve problems in an effective manner.
  • Student will gather data from a variety of sources to solve a problem or address an issue and then articulate how he/she arrived at this conclusion.
Program Requirements 1
GEOG 120INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY: CULTURAL ELEMENTS3
SOC 101INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
LDR 200THE URBAN SCENE3
ECON 101PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I3
or ECON 102 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II
or PS 101 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
or PS 102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
MATH 119ELEMENTARY STATISTICS3-4
or SOC 270 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or PSYC 270 STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
LDR 155STRATEGIC PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY3
or GEOG 145 INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)
or LA 104 LANDSCAPE GRAPHICS AND PLANTING DESIGN
or BUS 212 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
or ARCH 210 WORLD ARCHITECTURE II
Total Units18-19
Recommended Electives
LDR 155STRATEGIC PLANNING AND SUSTAINABILITY3
GEOG 145INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)3
LA 104LANDSCAPE GRAPHICS AND PLANTING DESIGN3
BUS 212BUSINESS COMMUNICATION3
LDR 100INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNITY, ECONOMIC, AND URBAN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT1
ARCH 210WORLD ARCHITECTURE II3

Note:

  1. For SDSU:
    1. Some major specializations have additional requirements for preparation for the major.
    2. Students must also satisfy language and graduation writing assessment (WPA) requirements. 
    3. Students must complete preparation for the major and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be admitted to the urban studies major.
  2. In addition, competency (equivalent to that which is normally attained through three consecutive courses of college study) is required in one foreign language as part of the preparation for the major.

 To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.