Urban and Metropolitan Studies

The urban and metropolitan studies concentration offers students interested in the urban environment the opportunity to explore the wide variety of issues that influence the quality of life in urban communities. Students are encouraged to learn about cities as historical, social, cultural, economic and political phenomena in order to gain a strong understanding of the complex relationships that contribute to the problems and opportunities of urban living. As the population in the state's urban areas continues to grow, so will the demand for leaders who are skilled in new and innovative ways with which to address the challenges such growth generates. Students with concentrations areas including planning, business, political science, nonprofit administration, communication, social welfare, geography and many others might find this concentration a beneficial supplement.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum of 12 hours must be taken in residence at ASU.

Introductory Courses 6 Hours Required

URB 100 Introduction to Urban & Metropolitan Studies (3)

OR URB 300 Urban & Metropolitan Studies (3)

URB 105 Introduction to Urban Governance (3)

OR URB 305 Urban Governance (3)

Core 6 Hours Required
Choose courses from the following:

URB 220 Introduction to Urban America (3)

URB 240 Urban Policy (3)

URB 301 Urban Research (3)

OR PAF 302 Public Service Research Methods (3) (Prerequisites: MAT 142 with C or better; PAF 301 with C or better)

URB 302 Urban Theory (3) (Prerequisites: MAT 142 with C or better; PAF 301 with C or better)

URB 410 Urban Leadership and Collaborative Skills (3)

OR PAF 410 Building Leadership Skills, SB (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 30 hours; Credit is allowed for only PAF 410 or URB 410)

Electives 6 Hours
See an Urban and Metropolitan Studies advisor to select appropriate additional course choices.
Not URB 300 OR URB 305

Urban Electives (select a combination of courses from the following prefixes): ASB, COM, CRJ, GCU, GPH, HST, MGT, NLM, PAF, POS, PRM, PUP, SBS, SOC, SOS, SWU, TDM, TWC, WST


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.






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