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2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Studies, B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences

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(Major Code: 22141) Academic Plan Code (117010BALS)

All candidates for a degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the graduation requirements in the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .” Students are cautioned that several of the required and elective courses have prerequisites.

A minor is not required with this major.

Impacted Program

The Urban Studies major is an impacted program. To be admitted to the Urban Studies major, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete preparation for the major;
  2. Complete a minimum of 60 transferable semester units;
  3. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

To complete the major, students must fulfill the degree requirements for the major described in the catalog in effect at the time they are accepted into the premajor at SDSU (assuming continuous enrollment).

Major Academic Plans (MAPs)

Visit http://www.sdsu.edu/mymap for the recommended courses needed to fulfill your major requirements. The MAPs website was created to help students navigate the course requirements for their majors and to identify which General Education course will also fulfill a major preparation course requirement.

Language Requirement

Competency (successfully completing the third college semester or fifth college quarter) is required in one language other than English to fulfill the graduation requirement. Refer to the section of this catalog on “Graduation Requirements .”

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Completing one of the approved upper division writing courses (W) with a grade of C (2.0) or better. See “Graduation Requirements ” section for a complete listing of requirements.


A minimum of 36 upper division units to include:

Three Units of High Impact Learning

Other high impact courses or study abroad may qualify if appropriate and preapproved by the undergraduate adviser:

Three units of high impact learning and the submission of a capstone portfolio to the undergraduate adviser. This requirement may be met with

Fifteen Units Selected from an Area of Specialization

Urban Cultures and Societies
Urban Planning, Design, and Management
Urban Political Economy and Public Policy
Urban Sustainability

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