Urban Governance

Students destined for careers in city management, urban planning, or economic development may want to pursue this concentration concerned with urban government. The Urban Governance concentration offers these courses:

  • ECN 515, Regional Economics: A study of location theory and regional development within a framework of economic theory.
  • ECN 560, Economic Development: A study of the problems, dynamics and policies of economic growth and development in underdeveloped and developed countries.
  • FIN 554, Insurance Planning and Risk Management: This course introduces risk management and insurance decisions. Topics include insurance for life, health, disability, property and liability risks, as well as annuities, group insurance, and long term care.
  • GEO 510, Urban Geography: Study of the evolution, morphology and land use, functions, and problems of urban areas, with emphasis on governance, planning, and the social and environmental impacts of urbanization.
  • GEO 514, Principles and Methods of Planning: An examination of contemporary planning focusing on principles, methods, techniques, and tools; and the political, legal, and ethical contexts of planning.
  • GEO 515, Urban Land Use Planning: Application of principles, methods, and tools of planning; and overview of government policy, code of ethics, and the constitutional basis of contemporary urban land use planning. (GEO 514, Principles and Methods of Planning, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 516, Environmental Issues in Planning: An examination of the role the natural environment plays in urban and rural land use planning with an emphasis on consequences of land use change and applications of planning techniques. (GEO 514, Principles and Methods of Planning, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 526, Principles of GIS: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) principles, techniques, and applications for the social and natural sciences with emphasis on foundational geographic principles in a lecture/lab format.
  • GEO 529, Intermediate GIS – Vector Analysis: GIS vector analysis and spatial statistics, including topics such as map overlay and distance analysis, pattern analysis, spatial joins, network analysis, spatial autocorrelation, geographically weighted regression. (GEO 526, Principles of GIS, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 530, Intermediate GIS – Raster Analysis: GIS raster analysis, including local, neighborhood, and zonal operations; terrain analysis; building raster databases; distance modeling, and surface interpolation. (GEO 526, Principles of GIS, is a prerequisite for this course.)
  • GEO 531, Principles of Remote Sensing and Programming: Scientific study of the earth using images and data captured using satellite- or aircraft-borne sensors, with emphasis on issues of acquisition, photogrammetric interpretation, spatial analysis, and application.
  • LS 615, Leadership in the Public Sector: This course will enable potential leaders in the public sector to define and evaluate personal and organizational goals and to develop strategies to achieve shared goals.
  • LS 645, Community Collaborative Plan Management: Students will be provided with the opportunity to analyze the nature of collaboration among state, local, and federal agencies; business, and community organizations to address an array of complex issues facing non-profit and public agencies. The importance of networking and social entrepreneurship are among other concepts that will be explored.
  • PSC 561, Urban Problems and Public Policy: Study of policy problems of metropolitan areas in terms of structures, alternatives, and outcomes.
  • PSC 621, Urban Administration: Principles and methods of urban administration in the U.S.
  • PSY 520, Industrial/Organizational Psychology: A systematic study of the application of psychological methods and principles in business and industry. Emphasis is on research methods, motivation, training, leadership, personnel selection, employee safety, and job satisfaction.
  • SOC 501, Population and Human Ecology: The course focuses on population and its relation to characteristics of environment. Specifically, it is designed to discuss the interaction of population processes and resources.
  • SOC 523, Sociology of Class, Power and Conflict: Theoretical analysis of economic and political inequality and the role of social conflict in the process of large-scale social organization.
  • SOC 533, Sociology of Work: Study of the organization and structure of the workplant as a social system; the meaning and organization of work; managerial functions; management-labor relations; and human relations in industry.
  • SOC 542, Urban Sociology: The sociology of urban and metropolitan communities.