URS

Urban Affairs

  • URS 2000 Growth and Change in Urban Society

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Interdisciplinary view of growth and change in urban societies around the globe. Case studies illustrate how urbanization, technology development and the administrative state intertwine and affect economic and population growth and change. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 3000 Foundations of Urban Affairs

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Interdisciplinary introduction to the field of urban affairs. Reviews ideas related to cities and the meaning of urban life. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 3100 The American City

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Intensive study of aspects of American urban experiences with an emphasis on qualitative research including class, gender, race, and ethnicity.

  • URS 3200 Community/Regional Planning I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Development of city planning as a professional discipline that has significantly shaped urban spaces. Explores planning practices and theories related to spatial patterns and design, including location theory and democratic processes.

  • URS 3210 City Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Overview of urban and metropolitan politics and problems. Examination of how cities and metropolitan areas are governed: the changing structure of local government, the powers afforded localities, opportunities for citizen participation, and possibilities for regional cooperation.

  • URS 3250 Urban Youth

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Diverse experiences of urban youth and effect of urban experiences on students, teachers, schools, and communities. Methods for providing resource access for all.

  • URS 3300 Ethics in Public Service

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of what constitutes ethical behavior in public service, and the ethical role of public service professionals. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 3450 Public Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Nature and scope of public administration, administrative law, and public interest in the administrative process.

  • URS 3460 Public Personnel Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Methods of employment, training, compensation, and employee relations in various levels of civil service. Examines organizations of public employees.

  • URS 3980 Quantitative Research Methods

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduces students to research and data collection methods and investigates what makes research useful, valid, and ethical. Credit will not be given to students who have already completed URS 4980. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 4200 Public Management Strategies

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Investigates urban management and various techniques to achieve public service goals, including efficiency, quality, and effectiveness. Study of program design, planning, fiscal management, resource allocation through budgeting, program development, and organizational development.

  • URS 4210 Public Leadership and Change

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines leadership role of the public and nonprofit administrators in formulating programs, policies, and service delivery options.

  • URS 4230 Public Budgeting

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Local fiscal institutions and analytical tools for designing and evaluating fiscal policies. Reviews financial reporting and accounting, the municipal bond market, pension systems, state and local taxes, user charges, and intergovernmental relations.

  • URS 4240 Public Sector Labor Relations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines collective bargaining, the negotiation process, impasse resolution, and contract and grievance administration in local government.

  • URS 4260 Public Administration in a Global Society

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Places American public administration traditions and practices into comparative perspective. Examines the extent to which globalization has affected the practice of public administration around the world and global trends that have become apparent in administrative reform today.

  • URS 4270 Public Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the policy development process and its relationship to past and current urban issues.

  • URS 4280 Criminal Justice Organization and Management

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines bureaucratic and scientific management theory, as well as human relations and system theory, to understand the structure, functions, culture and behavior of criminal justice organizations. Examines motivation, group behavior and communication and leadership with such organizations.

  • URS 4290 Issues in Urban Management

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Issues and topics related to community development agencies and local governments in metropolitan areas.

  • URS 4300 Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the organizational and managerial foundations of nonprofit organizations. Explores areas such as the nature and mission of nonprofit organizations, evaluating performance, resource development/fund raising, and managing volunteers.

  • URS 4310 Philanthropy and Grantmaking

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Philanthropy, fundraising, grant writing and grant making. Includes series of experiential learning activities demonstrating how nonprofit organizations secure financial resources. Culminates with students awarding grants to local organizations.

  • URS 4320 Managing Volunteer Organizations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Management principles for volunteer organizations including program design, recruitment, retention, training, placement and assessment.

  • URS 4330 Strategic Planning

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Theory and practice of strategic thinking, planning, and management in public and nonprofit organizations.

  • URS 4340 Fundraising and Grant Writing

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the concepts and processes fundamental to fundraising and grant writing. Exploration of tools, techniques and skills needed to raise funds and write grant proposals.

  • URS 4390 Issues in Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Issues and topics related to the administration of nonprofit organizations.

  • URS 4400 Community and Regional Planning II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of the links between urban planning and urban administration, and investigation of planning as a profession and a process.

  • URS 4410 Cities and Technology

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Studies evolving relationship between technology and urban growth, physical form, government, and politics. Explores how technological fixes for complex urban problems have shaped urban development and politics.

  • URS 4430 Administrative Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Constitutional foundations of administrative law and the legal context of federal, state and local administrative rule making and adjudication.

  • URS 4450 Community Development: Principles and Practice

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Evolution of community development theory and practice in the U.S and the process of community building and asset-based community development in a service learning format.

  • URS 4460 Transportation Principles

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles related to developing and managing public and human service transportation systems. Role of public and human service transportation in society, history and geography of public transportation, and spatial, funding, organizational, cost benefit, labor, and customer service issues.

  • URS 4470 Public/Human Service Transportation

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles of developing and managing public and human service transportation systems including its role in society, the history and geography of public transportation, and funding, organizational, cost benefit, labor, and customer service issues.

  • URS 4480 Public Works

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Community infrastructure with an emphasis on capital improvements programming. Community development of street, water, and sewer systems, solid waste management, and code enforcement.

  • URS 4490 Issues in Metropolitan Development

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores issues that impact metropolitan development as well as the impact of development. Topics include pollution, international development, housing and transportation.

  • URS 4500 Issues in Metropolitan Planning

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Issues related to planning metropolitan environments. Topics include housing, growth and regionalism.

  • URS 4900 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced study in selected topics in urban studies. Topics may include new developments in methodology or the various subfields of the discipline.

  • URS 4940 Youth and Community Engagement

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Examines the pedagogies that encourage youth in developing the capacity to participate responsibly and effectively in the civic life of their communities. Centered on a field-based learning experience.

  • URS 4950 Urban Affairs Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Senior-level internship in the offices of a local public agency.

  • URS 4960 Transit Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Senior-level internship in the offices of a local public transit agency.

  • URS 4970 Nonprofit Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Senior-level internship in a local nonprofit agency.

  • URS 4990 Applied Research Project

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Involves students in the process of researching and writing a senior seminar paper. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 6200 Public Management Strategies

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Investigates urban management and various techniques to achieve public service goals, including efficiency, quality, and effectiveness. Study of program design, planning, fiscal management, resource allocation through budgeting, program development,and organizational development.

  • URS 6210 Public Leadership and Change

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the leadership role of the public and nonprofit administrators in formulating programs, policies, and service delivery options.

  • URS 6230 Ethics and Leadership in Public Service

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A systematic study of ethics and leadership in public service.

  • URS 6240 Public Sector Labor Relations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines collective bargaining, the negotiation process, impasse resolution, and contract and grievance administration in local government.

  • URS 6260 Public Administration in a Global Society

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Places American public administration traditions and practices into comparative perspective. Explores the similarities and differences between administrative work in the U.S. and other countries around the world.

  • URS 6270 Public Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the policy development process and its relationship to past and current urban issues. Focuses on a current urban issue through discussion, reading, and research.

  • URS 6290 Issues in Urban Management

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores issues and topics related to the administration of community development agencies and local governments in metropolitan areas.

  • URS 6300 Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the organizational and managerial foundations of nonprofit organizations. Explores areas such as the nature and mission of nonprofit organizations, strategies for achieving the mission, roles involved, evaluating performance, resource development/fundraising, and managing volunteers.

  • URS 6320 Managing Volunteer Organizations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Prepares students to design, plan and evaluate volunteer programs. Topics address management principles including program design, recruitment, retention, training, and placement and assessment.

  • URS 6340 Fundraising and Grant Writing

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the concepts and processes fundamental to fundraising and grant writing. Explores tools, techniques and skills needed to raise funds and write grant proposals.

  • URS 6390 Issues in Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Exploration of issues and topics related to the administration of nonprofit organizations.

  • URS 6400 Community and Regional Planning

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores links between urban planning and urban administration, and planning as a profession and a process.

  • URS 6410 Cities and Technology

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Studies the evolving relationship between technology and urban growth, physical form, government, and politics. Explores how technological fixes for complex urban problems have shaped urban development and politics.

  • URS 6430 Administrative Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the constitutional foundations of administrative law and the legal context of federal, state and local administrative rule making and adjudication.

  • URS 6440 Advanced GIS Applications

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of advanced geo-spatial analysis techniques using ArcView and ArcGIS software. GIS analysis and technology used to describe spatial elements of public and private sector development issues and to forecast change.

  • URS 6450 Community Development: Principles and Practice

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores evolution of community development theory and practice in the U.S and examines the process of community building and asset-based community development.

  • URS 6460 Transportation Principles

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Overview of principles related to developing and managing public and human service transportation systems.

  • URS 6480 Public Works

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the community's infrastructure with an emphasis on capital improvements programming. Reviews the community's development of the street system, water and sewer systems, solid waste management, and code enforcement.

  • URS 6490 Issues in Metropolitan Development

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores issues that impact metropolitan development as well as the impact of development. Topics include pollution, international development, housing and transportation.

  • URS 6500 Issues in Metropolitan Planning

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of a range of topics related to planning metropolitan environments. Topics include housing, growth and regionalism.

  • URS 6900 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced study in selected topics in urban studies. Topics may include new developments in methodology or the various subfields of the discipline.

  • URS 6950 MPA Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    A one semester supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a selected public, nonprofit or public-service private agency. Arranged in consultation with student's adviser or intern director.

  • URS 6960 Transit Intership

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    A one semester supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a selected public, nonprofit or public-service transit agency. Arranged in consultation with student's adviser or intern director.

  • URS 6970 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    A one quarter supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a selected nonprofit agency. Arranged in consultation with Director of American Humanics.

  • URS 7000 Foundations and Tools of Public Administration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the legal and political variables and tools that affect the management and operation of local governments and nonprofit agencies. Special emphasis is placed on Ohio.

  • URS 7010 Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Focuses on budget processes and financial management practices in the public and nonprofit sectors.

  • URS 7020 Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses the theory and practice of strategic thinking, planning, and management in public and nonprofit organizations and familiarizes students with the major concepts, skills and approaches to program evaluation.

  • URS 7030 Organization Theory and Management Behavior

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Analysis of the fundamental behavior concepts and processes involved in public sector organizations. Evaluation of approaches to major behavioral issues such as motivation, leadership, and management development.

  • URS 7040 Managing Human Resources in Public Service

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines personnel functions such as job evaluation, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, compensation, training, labor relations, and affirmative action.

  • URS 7050 Quantitative Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of the fundamental concepts for statistical analysis of public affairs research. Emphasis on characteristics of distributions and random variables, diagnostic techniques, the tests of assumptions of each analysis and multiple and logistic regression.

  • URS 7055 Research Methods & Quantitative Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Combines a focus on different aspects of policy evaluation by obtaining facts and analyzing information on the impact of public programs with a survey of the methodologies and concepts for analyzing the efficiency and effectiveness of decision-making, information management, and processes of publ

  • URS 7060 Research Methods

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Focuses on different aspects of policy evaluation by obtaining facts and analyzing information on the impact of public programs. Deals with controversy over the use of objective performance indicators and citizen surveys as program performance measures.

  • URS 7070 MPA Capstone Project

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Capstone research project for the master's degree in public administration.

  • URS 7080 MPA Applied Research Project

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Research project for the master's degree in public administration

  • URS 7090 MPA Thesis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Under the supervision of a thesis committee and chair, students select a public administration problem, prepare a proposal detailing the research question, complete the research, write their thesis with full documentation and defend their work before the committee.

  • URS 7220 MPA Directed Study

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    If previous knowledge and/or experience in a selected core course is demonstrated, URS 7220 may be substituted for the selected core course.