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School of Urban and Public Affairs

School of Urban and Public Affairs

Minor in Urban and Public Affairs

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Minor Overview

The School of Urban and Public Affairs offers a minor to students interested in complementing their academic career with a broader  understanding of Urban Affairs, Urban Planning and the Environment, or Public Administration. Students pursuing the minor  complete 2 required core courses then select 4 courses from one of the fields listed below. The minor requires 18 hours of coursework. (Before registering for any course, students should consult with the advisor in their major field of study.)

Students interested in adding the Minor in Urban and Public Affairs to their degree plan should consult with one of the SUPA undergraduate advisors (please refer to Faculty and Staff page for contact information).


REQUIRED CORE COURSES -- 6 hours

URPA 1301 Intro to Urban Life
URPA 3301 The Metroplex

FIELD OF INTEREST (SELECT ONE) - 12 hours

Public Administration

Student should select four courses from the list below:

  • ACCT 3309 Accounting for Managers
  • ACCT 4325 Governmental Accounting
  • ANTH 4348 Political Anthropology
  • COMM 4305 Communication and Society
  • COMM 4330 Political Communication
  • COMM 4335 Intercultural Communication
  • COMS 3309 Organizational Communication
  • COMS 3310 Group Communication Theory
  • COMS 3316 Communication in Human Relations
  • CRCJ 3336 Law Enforcement Management
  • CRCJ 3338 Juvenile Justice System
  • CRCJ 4309 Private Security System
  • ECON 3304 Public Sector Economics
  • ECON 3313 Industrial Organization & Public Policy
  • ECON 3335 Economics of Public Policies
  • ECON 4330 Labor Economics
  • MANA 3318 Managing Organizational Behavior
  • MANA 3319 Management Process Theory
  • MANA 3320 Human Resource Management
  • MANA 4320 Labor Relations
  • MANA 4325 Leadership in Organizations
  • MANA 4328 Human Resource Staffing and Performance Management
  • MANA 4330 Team Management
  • MANA 4341 Negotiations and Conflict
  • PHIL 2312 Ethics
  • POLS 2312 State & Local Government
  • POLS 3303 Introduction to Public Administration
  • POLS 3305 Government in Urban America
  • POLS 3307 State and Local Politics
  • POLS 3308 Politics of a Texas City: Arlington City Politics
  • POLS 4303 Public Administration and the Political Process
  • POLS 4331 U.S. Constitutional Law: Government Power
  • POLS 4353 Public Budgeting and Taxation
  • PSYC 3301 Psychology of Human Relations
  • PSYC 3302 Business Psychology

Urban Planning and the Environment 

Student should select four courses from the list below:

  • ARCH 3331 Architecture and Environment
  • ARCH 4305 The City of Rome
  • ARCH 4306 Urban Design Theory
  • ARCH 4308 History of Urban Form
  • ARCH 4309 The City of London
  • ARCH 4314 Historical Preservation and Restoration
  • BLAW 3314 Real Estate Law
  • CE 3302 Transportation Engineering
  • CE 3334 Principles of Environmental Engineering
  • CE 4311 Urban Transportation Infrastructure Planning
  • CE 4313 Traffic Engineering
  • CIRP 4320 Sustainable Communities
  • CIRP 4391 Studies in City and Regional Planning (with permission of instructor)
  • ECON 3328 Principles of Transportation
  • ECON 4302 Environmental Economics
  • GEOG 3350 Reading the Landscape (also HIST 3350)
  • GEOG 3355 Environmental History of the US (also HIST 3355)
  • GEOL 1430 Global Warming
  • GEOL 2406 Natural Resources & Sustainability
  • GEOL 4331 Analysis of Spatial Data
  • HIST 3350 Reading and the Landscape
  • HIST 3355 Environmental History of the U.S
  • HIST 3362 US Urban History
  • POLS 2312 State and Local Government
  • POLS 4351 Energy Policy and Administration
  • PSYC 3316 Environmental Psychology
  • REAE 3325 Real Estate Fundamentals
  • REAE 4314 Real Estate Development
  • SOCI 3336  Social Inequality
  • SOCI 3353 Social Climate of Cities

Urban Affairs

Student should select four courses from the list below:

  • ANTH 2322 Global Cultures
  • ANTH 3339 Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 3355 The Rise of Civilization
  • CIRP 4320 Sustainable Communities
  • COMM 4305 Communication and Society
  • COMM 4330 Political Communication
  • COMM 4335 Intercultural Communication
  • COMS 3310 Group Communication Theory
  • COMS 3316 Communication in Human Relations
  • CRCJ 3380 Race, Crime, and Justice
  • CRCJ 4301 The American Judicial System
  • CRCJ 4325 Gangs
  • ECON 2337 Econ in Social Issues
  • ECON 3302 The Economics of Crime
  • ECON 3335 Economics of Public Policies
  • ECON 4330 Labor Economics
  • GEOG 3350 Reading the Landscape (also HIST 3350)
  • HIST 2302 History of Civilization
  • HIST 3350 Reading and the Landscape
  • HIST 3351 History of Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
  • HIST 3362 Cities and Suburbs in US History
  • HIST 3366 African-American History 1865-Present
  • HIST 3368 History of the Mexican American
  • HIST 3373 US Economic History, 1860-Present
  • HUMA 4302 Social and Political Theory
  • INTS 4388 Special Topics in INTS: An Interdisciplinary Approach to the City
  • MANA 4326 Diversity in Organizations
  • MANA 4340 Business and Society
  • MANA 4341 Negotiations and Conflict
  • PHIL 3330 Social and Political Philosophy
  • POLS 2312 Sate and Local Government
  • POLS 3305 Government in Urban America
  • POLS 3308 Politics of a Texas City: Arlington City Politics
  • POLS 3312 Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
  • POLS 3313 Modern Critics of Society and Politics
  • POLS 4318 Politics of African Americans
  • POLS 4319 Politics of Mexican Americans
  • POLS 4352 US Immigration Policy and the American Dream
  • PSYC 3315 Social Psychology
  • SOCW 3301 Human Development and the Social Environment I
  • SOCW 3303 Social Welfare Policies and Services
  • SOCW 3317 Human Behavior in Diverse Populations
  • SOCI 3317 Individuals and Society
  • SOCI 3327 Social Inequality
  • SOCI 3353 Social Climate of Cities
  • SOCI 3357 Law and Society
  • SOCI 4315 Violence in Society

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