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G Urban Affairs

The Program

The program combines core coursework in urban studies, public policy and research methods taught by USF faculty, complemented by elective courses offered by prominent practitioners in the field.

It includes an innovative community-based research requirement, which gives students direct experience with conducting applied urban research, analyzing policy alternatives and working extensively with community-based organizations. All students complete a Capstone Project and Internship, by which they develop expertise in particular areas of urban policy and build personal and career networks.

The two-year, 36-unit program is comprised of seven Required Courses and four Elective Courses. A professional Urban Affairs Internship is completed either in the summer or second year (internship can be waived with prior work experience). The Urban Affairs program culminates in a Master’s Capstone Project.

Required Courses

  • History of Urbanism Seminar
  • Issues in Urban Policy
  • Community-Based Research Methods in Urban Affairs
  • Global Cities
  • Prospectus and Community-Based Research Practicum
  • Urban Affairs Internship
  • Master’s Capstone Project

Elective Courses (select 4 courses)

  • Urban Field Methods
  • Race, Organizing and Policy Advocacy: Community Strategies for Urban Power
  • Globalization, Social Justice & the City
  • Critical Sustainabilities
  • Urban Public Finance and Fiscal Management
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • GIS and Data Vizualization
  • Sustainable Design
  • Urban Politics in San Francisco
  • Non-Profits and Public Policy
  • Urban Political Economy
  • Urban Politics and Sociology Seminar
  • Public Policy Process
  • Non-Profits and Philanthropy

Policy Theme Classes

Each iteration of this seminar focuses on a distinct and timely urban policy issue including: transportation, housing, economic development and environmental sustainability. Examples include:

  • Urban Food Policy
  • Housing, Community, and Public Policy

Directed Study

Offered each semester.

Sample Timeline

Year One

Fall Semester
  • History of Urbanism Seminar
  • Policy Analysis Seminar
  • Elective
Spring Semester
  • Research Methods in Urban Affairs
  • Urban Politics and Sociology Seminar
  • Elective

Summer

  • Urban Affairs Internship

Year Two

Fall Semester
  • Community Based Research
  • Research Prospectus
  • Elective or Urban Affairs Internship
Spring Semester
  • Master’s Capstone Project
  • Elective
  • Elective or Urban Affairs Internship