Urban Affairs and GeographyProfessors Oshiro, Levine
Associate Professor Dustin (chair), Killian, Subban, Wenning
Assistant Professors Johnson, Choudhury
Urban AffairsUrban Affairs is an interdisciplinary program offering a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Students learn about the urban environment as a complex system. They study theories and practices of urban development processes from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program develops core competencies that include quantitative and qualitative analysis, effective communications, systems thinking, and consensus building and teamwork. The program is designed to prepare students for junior- or entry-level positions in local government and nonprofit organizations or to embark on a graduate program.
Students must have at least a 2.3 GPA or receive a special waiver from the chair to be admitted to the major. Interested students may apply for admission after meeting college admission requirements. Majors are required to complete a common core of courses and a consentration in one of four areas: community development, criminal justice, public administration, or urban social/physical planning.
Urban Affairs students are required to participate in the department's internship program. The internship is designed to complement class work and give students experience in the professional work environment. Students interested in the internship should contact the departmental coordinator of the program or their advisor. Students currently working in a related field may have the internship requirement waived.
For further information about the program and admission criteria and procedures, students should contact the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography.
Degree Requirements-Urban Affairs
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Degree Requirements-Urban AffairsBachelor of Science Degree
See General Education Requirements
Criminal Justice Concentration-36 Credit Hours
This concentration meets the needs of students preparing for careers in crime prevention and law enforcement. Knowledge of law, the urban environment, psychology, and social relations provides a foundation for work in the criminal justice system. Employment may be found in various judicial, administrative, and police agencies at all levels of government and in private companies. In addition to required courses, students select elective courses that fit their unique career objectives. Prior to enrollment, students should discuss with their advisors which courses best fit their needs.
Required concentration courses include URS 420, PLS 436, 437 and 442, and 20 credit hours of department-approved courses.
Community Development Concentration-36 Credit Hours
Community development involves revitalizing, sustaining, and expanding urban areas. Such work requires an understanding of many of the principles found in planning, organizing, managing, policymaking, finance, economics, and physical development. The community development course series prepares students for careers as community developers in public, nonprofit, or grassroots organizations. Students should select courses that fit their unique career objectives, such as economic development, neighborhood development, and social development. Prior to enrollment, students should discuss with their advisors which courses best fit their needs.
Required concentration courses include URS 415, 416, 418, EC 330 and 24 credit hours of department-approved courses.
Public Administration Concentration-36 Credit Hours
This area is suggested for students who wish to develop careers in management and administration in public agencies, including municipal, county, township, state and fedral governments, and in nonprofit organizations. Courses in the public administration concentration focus on developing knowledge and skills needed to solve social, economic, and environmental problems. Prior to enrollment, students should discuss with their advisors which courses best fit their needs.
Required concentration courses include URS 446, 427, 470, and 24 credit hours of department-approved courses.
Urban Planning Concentration- 39 Credit Hours
Urban planning prepares students for involvement in functions and processes such as infrastructure design, zoning, land use, code enforcement, pollution abatement, health, recreation, welfare, and social wellness. Municipalities, counties, public authorities, nonprofit organizations, and engineering and architectural firms employ planners. Prior to enrollment, students should discuss with their advisors which courses best fit their needs.
Required concentration courses include URS 317, 318, 418; URS 424 (Land Use law), GEO 365, 447, 448, and 8 credit hours in department-approved courses.
Urban Affairs Honors Program
The Urban Affairs Honors Program provides an opportunity for students to achieve their highest possible level of intellectual attainment. Urban Affairs majors of superior academic ability are invited to apply. A student may enter either upon successful application or at the invitation of the Urban Affairs Honors Committee. To be eligible, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better in all course work completed at Wright State University. It is recommended that students apply to enter the program during their junior year and no later than the first quarter of their senior year.
Honors students are required to complete all urban affairs degree requirements, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in all course work, complete URS 411 (senior seminar) with a grade of A, defend orally the seminar paper to a committee composed of the URS Honors Committee and the faculty advisor for the seminar paper, and complete at least one University Honors Seminar.
Minor in Urban Affairs
The minor in Urban Affairs will benefit students who pursue careers related to urban administration, planning, criminal justice, or community development. Interdisciplinary urban affairs courses may be useful to majors in the social sciences, economics, business, education, and health care. Students taking the Urban Affairs Minor will study and analyze cities and urban regions as systems. They will gain an understanding of complex social, political, and economic forces shaping urban life.
Acceptance into the minor in urban affairs requires an overall 2.3 GPA. Students who do not meet GPA requirements may petition the chair of the department for a waiver from this requirement. Students should complete the social science General Education requirements prior to enrolling in minor classes. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor.
Nonprofit Administration Certification Program
Students interested in a rewarding career in
the nonprofit sector should consider the Nonprofit
Administration Certificate Program. Urban Affairs
offers the certificate through American Humanics
(AH), a national alliance of colleges, universities,
and nonprofit organizations. The purpose of the
program is to prepare undergraduate students for
management positions in the nonprofit sector.
The AH Nonprofit Administration Certificate
Program is open to students pursuing a bachelor's
degree in any major. To be accepted into the
program, a student must have at least a 2.5 GPA,
formally apply to the program, and successfully
complete an interview with the AH Program
Director. Wright State now
offers the AH Nonprofit Administration Certificate
Program at the graduate level.
Public and Social Service Transportation Certificate Program
The Certificate in Public and Social Service Transportation emerges from a demand for individuals who have knowledge and skills specific to transportation administration. The certificate program will appeal to individuals currently working or plan to work in public/non-profit and social transportation services. Students will gain an understanding of transit administration, decision-making, intersectorial and interorganizational collaboration, organizational development, resource allocation, and accountability within the context of developing and operating transportation systems.
Students are required to complete 24 hours of coursework: 16 hours of required courses and 8 hours of elective selected with the approval of the certificate program director. A transit internship is required but may be waived on a case-by-case basis by the program director and replaced by an approved course from the electives. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take GEO 455, Geography of Transportation. Students seeking the Certificate in Public and Social Service Transportation should contact the Chair of the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography, 225 Millet Hall, (937) 775-4451.
Students complete 23 hours of approved coursework. Required courses count for eleven hours and elective courses twelve hours. Course equivalencies may be considered for students studying abroad or for special international programs. Students seeking the Comparative Development Certificate should contact the chair of the Department of Urban Affairs and Geography, 225 Millet, (937) 775-4451.
GeographyGeography is the study of the location and interrelationships of human and physical phenomena on the earth's surface. Because of its emphasis on spatial organization and distribution of these phenomena, geography has a broad cross-disciplinary base. Such topics of study as cartography, climatology, landform analysis, photogrammetry and remote sensing, settlement theory, spatial interaction, and urban morphology indicate the breadth of contemporary geography. The undergraduate major in geography includes the study of cultural, economic, physical, and regional geography, as well as cartography, quantitative methods, and field work. Backgrounds in the natural and social sciences, humanities, statistical methods, and computer programming are useful to the geography major.
The geography program allows students to select a curriculum best suited to their particular interests. Geography majors select a program leading to either a Bachelor of Arts degree or Bachelor of Science degree.
The Bachelor of Arts degree in geography focuses on examining the processes of formation and the characteristics of the cultural landscape. Students select an area of study from physical geography, resource analysis land management, or economic geography.
The Bachelor of Science program in geography emphasizes technical skills and logic. Courses in physical, economic, and social geography and in cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information are emphasized in the program. These courses are complemented by courses in mathematics, philosophy, and computer science.
Geography may be selected as an academic major, as a secondary teaching concentration in a social science or earth science program, or as part of an elementary teaching major. Students majoring in geography may qualify for licensure at the secondary level by meeting the minimum requirements in professional education courses for licensure by the state of Ohio. Because of sequential requirements and prerequisites, students are strongly urged to consult with a geography advisor before registering. Geography majors may participate in the department's internship program. The internship is designed to complement geography students' class work and gives them experience in the actual work environment. Students interested in the internship should contact the departmental coordinator of the program or their advisor.
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Bachelor of Science Degree
Geographic Information Science Certificate Program
Geography Honors ProgramThe geography honors program allows superior students to work on a geographic problem of their own choosing. Applicants must be majors in geography, have senior standing with 36 hours of geography courses to their credit, and meet certain minimum GPAs. Candidates are required to complete an honors project under the direction of a geography faculty member. Successful completion of the project, including written and oral project reports, carries four academic credits and entitles students to graduate with honors in geography. Geography honors students are encouraged to participate in the University Honors Program; interested students should contact the departmental coordinator of the program.
Minor in GeographyThe minor in geography is designed for students in other disciplines who wish to supplement their knowledge and skills with geographic analytical skills and perspectives. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required in the minor.
Students complete 32 credit hours of approved course work. The course requirements for a minor in geography are as follows:
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