Sociology BA / Urban Strategy MS

Major: Sociology and Urban Strategy
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 229.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Five years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code:
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 19-3041

About the Program

The BA in Sociology with a concentration in urban sociology (180.0 credits) and MS in Urban Strategy (48.0 credits) is a combined BA/MS cross-disciplinary degree that focuses on the sociological analysis of cities, the communities that comprise them, and the social processes that organize and transform them. Students in the urban sociology concentration learn to apply sociological concepts and methods to analyze urban issues and problems including gentrification, revitalization, suburbanization, and urban decline; concepts of space, place, community and neighborhood; and urban challenges such as poverty, affordable housing, global warming, policing and incarceration.

The BA portion of the degree prepares students to be leaders in urban issues, populations and challenges, whether through careers in urban policy, planning, social work, community nonprofits, government, or industry. This leads directly into the MS in Urban Strategy, a program designed to prepare students to become 21st century urbanists equipped to collaboratively and creatively solve complex multifaceted urban challenges on all levels: locally, nationally, and globally. The program boasts a cross-disciplinary curriculum focused on strategy, problem solving, and collaboration in the domains of urban planning, design, health, engineering, policy, community and economic development, and sociology. Master's in Urban Strategy students will benefit from the strong grounding in theory and methods of urban sociology, while urban sociology undergraduate students will gain from extending their training into a highly marketable master's degree.

Admission Requirements

Students who meet the standard eligibility requirement for accelerated programs should consult with their advisor and work on an individual plan of study to submit with the Change of Curriculum form.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
UNIV H101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV H201Looking Forward: Academics and Careers1.0
Three Humanities Courses9.0
Two Mathmatics Courses 8.0
Two Science Courses8.0
Two Consecutive Foreign Language Courses8.0
Three Social and Behavioral Science Electives9.0
Two International Studies Courses 6.0
Two Studies in Diversity 6.0
Sociology Requirements
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
SOC 240Urban Sociology4.0
SOC 241Research Design: Qualitative Methods4.0
SOC 242Research Design: Quantitative Methods4.0
SOC 355 [WI] Classical Social Theory4.0
SOC 356 [WI] Contemporary Social Theory 4.0
SOC 450Capstone in Sociology4.0
Required Sociology Electives
Select at least 9 of the following: (At least two must be at the 300 or 400 level).36.0
Social Problems
Medicine and Society
Race, Ethnicity and Social Inequality
Sociology of Work
Wealth and Power
Sociology of the Family
Sex and Society
Gender and Society
Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology of Health Professions
Sociology of the Environment
Sociology of Sport
Sociology of Aging
Global Climate Change
Sociology of Global Health
HIV/AIDS and Africa
Social Networks and Health
Sociology of Deviance
Development and Underdevelopment in the Global South
Sociology of Education
Global Environmental Movements
Environmental Justice
Sociology of Disasters
Practicum in Applied and Community Sociology
Medicine, Technology and Science
Imagining Multiple Democracies
Love, Rage & Debt: The Debt Society
Politics of Life
Social Movements
Special Topics in SOC
Urban Sociology Electives
Select two urban sociology electives.8.0
Sex and The City
Housing and Homelessness
Special Topics in Sociology ((Gentrification and Neighborhood Change))
Free Electives43.0
MS Urban Strategy Requirements
ECON 616Public Finance and Cost Benefit Analysis3.0
URBS 510History of Urban Space (Shared Course)3.0
URBS 520What is a City3.0
URBS 530Quantitative Methods & Reasoning for Urban Strategists3.0
URBS 610Civic Engagement & Participatory Methods3.0
URBS 620City of Systems3.0
URBS 630Spatial Reasoning for Urbanists, Architects & Designers3.0
URBS 650Urbanism, Health & the Built Environment3.0
URBS 670Thesis I: Research Inquiry & Design3.0
URBS 675Thesis Seminar I1.5
URBS 680Thesis II: Fieldwork3.0
URBS 685Thesis Seminar II1.5
URBS 690Thesis III: Documentation3.0
Four Graduate Free Electives12.0
Total Credits229.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0COOP 1011.0VACATION
SOC 1013.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
UNIV H1011.0SOC 2404.0Sociology Elective 4.0 
Foreign Language 14.0Foreign Language 24.0Diversity Elective 3.0 
Math Seq Course 4.0Science Elective 4.0SBS Elective 3.0 
SBS Elective 3.0 Free Elective 3.0 
 18 16 17 0
Second Year
SOC 2414.0SOC 3554.0SOC 2424.0UNIV H2011.0
Math Seq Course 4.0Sociology Elective4.0SBS Elective 3.0Free Elective3.0
Sociology Elective 4.0Free Elective3.0Sociology Elective 4.0Sociology Urban Elective4.0
Sociology Elective 4.0Science Elective 4.0Free Elective 3.0Sociology Elective 300-4004.0
 Diversity Elective 3.0Free Elective3.0Sociology Elective 300-4004.0
 16 18 17 16
Third Year
UG Humanities Elective3.0URBS 610 (GR URBS)3.0  
UG International Elective3.0UG Humanities Elective3.0  
UG Free Elective3.0UG Free Electives6.0  
URBS 510 (GR URBS)3.0   
 16 16 0 0
Fourth Year
URBS 530 (GR URBS)3.0SOC 4504.0ECON 616 (GR URBS)3.0 
URBS 520 (GR URBS)3.0URBS 620 (GR URBS)3.0URBS 650 (GR URBS)3.0 
UG Sociology Electives8.0URBS 630 (GR URBS)3.0UG Free Electives12.0 
UG Free Electives4.0UG International Elective3.0Note: BA Degree Awarded 
 UG Humanities Elective3.0  
 UG Free Elective3.0  
 18 19 18 
Fifth Year
URBS 670 (GR URBS)3.0URBS 675 (GR URBS)1.5URBS 685 (GR URBS)1.5 
GR URBS Electives6.0URBS 680 (GR URBS)3.0URBS 690 (GR URBS)3.0 
 GR URBS Elective3.0GR URBS Elective3.0 
 9 7.5 7.5 
Total Credits 229
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