Undergraduate Programs

Urban Studies Certificate

The Urban Studies Certificate enhances your degree by focusing on the problems and potentials of urban areas. Understanding the economic, social, cultural, political and spatial phenomena of urban areas and their origin is essential to thrive in today's world.

Note: we are not currently accepting new applications for this certificate program.

Focusing on the "real world," the Urban Studies curriculum develops a valuable foundation for career planning and advancement through coursework and internships.

The Urban Studies curriculum begins with an interdisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies and then weaves the multidisciplinary urban offerings into a coherent understanding of urban life. You can design a concentration in urban planning, urban management, community development, community organizing, etc.

The Certificate requires a minimum of 24 credits.

Contact: Stephen Neely, Undergraduate Program Coordinator - School of Public Affairs

Core Courses, Internships and Electives

Core Courses (9-10 credit hours):

URS 3002 Introduction to Urban Studies
And two of the following:
ANT 4442 Urban Life and Culture
ARC 4784 The City
ECP 3613 Economics of the Urban Environment
GEO 3602 Urban Geography
GEO 4604 Topics in Urban Geography
POS 3142 Introduction to Urban Politics and Government
SYA 4930 Selected Topics*
SYD 4410 Urban Sociology
SYD 4411 Urban Life

Methods Courses

select one of the following (3-4 credits hours):
AFA 4350 African American Community Research
ANT 4285 Oral History
ANT 4495 Methods in Cultural Research
CCJ 3701 Research Methods in Criminal Justice I
POS 3713 Empirical Political Analysis
STA 2122 Social Science Statistics
SYA 3300 Research Methods
SYA 3310 Qualitative Inquiry
GEO 3164C Quantitative Methods
GIS 3006 Computer Cartography

Courses may have prerequisites within the discipline.
*Please see academic advisor for the appropriate selected topics course.


(one of the following can be substituted as an ELECTIVE)
CCJ 4940 Internship for Criminal Justice Majors
IDS 4942 Community Internship
IDS 4956 International Community Internship
POS 4941 Field Work
SYA 4949 Sociological Internship


Select four from the following list or from the core courses not counted above:

Africana Studies

AFA 4331 Social Institutions and the African- American Community
AMH 3572 African American History since 1865
AMS 3700 Racism in American Society
AFA 4335 Black Women in America
AFA 4931 Social and Cultural Issues in Black Urban Life


ANT 4316 Ethnic Diversity in the U.S.
ANT 4701 Applied Anthropology
ANT 4930 Special Topics in Anthropology


SPC 3710 Communication and Cultural Diversity
SPC 4714 Communication, Culture and Community


CCJ 3003 Crime and Justice in America
CCJ 3024 Survey of the Criminal Justice System
CCJ 3610 Theories of Criminal Behavior
CCJ 3621 Patterns of Criminal Behavior
CCJ 4450 Criminal Justice Administration


ECO 4323 Radical Political Economy
ECO 4504 Public Finance
ECP 3201 Economics of Women and Work
ECP 3203 Labor Economics
ECP 3302 Environmental Economics
ECP 3530 Economics of Health


EVR 2861 Introduction to Environmental Policy
GEO 4471 Political Geography
GEO 4502 Economic Geography
GEO 4700 Transportation Geography
URP 4052 Urban and Regional Planning


AMH 3423 Modern Florida
AMH 3500 American Labor History
AMH 3530 Immigration History
AMH 3572 African American History since 1865

Political Science

POS 2112 State & Local Government and Politics
POS 3182 Florida Politics and Government
POS 5155 Issues of Urban Government and Politics

Public Administration

PAD 3003 Introduction to Public Administration
PAD 4144 Nonprofit Organizations and Public Policy
PAD 4204 Public Financial Administration
PAD 5333 Concepts & Issues in Public Planning
PAD 5807 Administration of Urban Affairs

Social Work

SOW 3210 The American Social Welfare System


SYO 3120 Sociology of Families
SYO 3530 Social Inequalities in a Global Society
SYD 3700 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SYP 4111 Identity and Community
SYP 4420 Consumer Culture
SYP 4510 Sociological Aspects of Deviance
SYP 4530 Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in pursuing a Certificate in Urban Studies. How do I declare this?

Undergraduate certificate programs at USF are a bit unusual because you would not formally 'declare' a certificate as you would a major or minor. As a result, certificates do not appear in Degree Works—which means that you are responsible for tracking your progress with the required and elective courses.

When you have completed the minimum number of hours (24) you must contact the Urban Studies certificate coordinator, Stephen Neely, and a memo will be prepared that certifies your completion of the certificate requirements. This memo will be sent to the CAS office and your records will be updated.

You are encouraged to contact the coordinator at any time, but you must alert the coordinator when you have completed (or have nearly completed) the certificate requirements.

Can courses count for my major as well as the certificate?

Yes! You can "double-dip" and use courses that you complete for the major (or minor) to fulfill the requirements of the certificate.

So, let's say you are a Sociology major and you take SYA 3300 Research Methods, SYD 4410 Urban Sociology, SYD 3700 Race & Ethnic Relations, and SYP 4530 Juvenile Delinquency as part of your major requirements. These would also count towards the certificate. The course numbers can and do change, so try to focus on the course title rather than the course number. We try to keep up with the changes as they occur.

Will the Certificate show up on my diploma or transcript?

The certificate will not appear on your diploma. Certificates show on your transcript and is visible to anyone who requests them, including admissions offices of graduate and professional programs.

Is there a major in Urban Studies?

No, there is only a certificate. At this time, there are no plans to create a new major in Urban Studies.

I would like to do an internship. What do I need to do?

Students are encouraged to work with their "home" departments (such as criminology, economics, sociology, etc.) to coordinate a rewarding internship placement.

Please contact the Certificate Coordinator Stephen Neely at least 2 months before the semester you wish to intern. You must contact the Certificate coordinator before you begin contacting agencies as not all placements will "count" towards the internship experience.

Some agencies will require background checks, fingerprinting, interviews, or other screening mechanisms before you can be placed. You should assume that Google searches and Facebook page reviews will be conducted. In many cases, looking for internships is just like looking for a job—placements aren't a guarantee. Treat your internship search like you would a job search by being proactive and following through with your points of contact.