Metropolitan Studies


Major/Degree Requirements



Curriculum and Course Offerings


Students in the metropolitan studies major are required to complete 39 credits with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. Of the total credits in program requirements, a maximum of 9 may also be used to fulfill General Education requirements.


Note: Courses designated with "xx" did not have numbers assigned in time for publication. Please see the program director for information.


Core Courses (9 credits)


MTRO 101 Introduction to Metropolitan Studies (3)

GEOG 101 Physical Geography (3)

POSC 207 State and Local Government (3)


Required Courses (27 credits)


Major must take two courses in each of the categories lettered A, B and F; and one course each in C, D, and E.




GEOG 391 Urban Systems (3)

And one of the following:

GEOG 355 Historical Geography of Urbanization (3)

GEOG 363 Spatial Organization of Economic Activity (3)

GEOG 393 Transportation and Infrastructure (3)

GEOG 409 Comprehensive Planning (3)

GEOG 484 Land Use Planning (3)




POSC 3xx Politics of Metropolitan Growth and Change (3)

And one of the following:

POSC 4xx Comparative Metropolitan Governance in Industrial Democracies (3)

POSC 305 Urban Government and Politics (3)

POSC 4xx Metroplitan Administration (3)

POSC 4xx Problems and Issues in the Metropolitan State (3)

POSC 421 Politics and Environmental Policy (3)


C. Select one


HIST 3xx History of Metropolitan Baltimore and Washington (3)

HIST 3xx Metropolitan History in World Perspective (3)

HIST 375 The City in American History (3)


D. Select one


ECON 351 Economics of the Metropolitan Area (3)

ECON 485 Seminar in Economic Issues (3)


E. Select one


SOCI 339 Community Organization (3)

SOCI 329 Demography (3)

SOCI 327 Urban Sociology (3)


F. Select two


1. MTRO 497 Metropolitan Studies Internship (3) (Open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.00 and above)


2. MTRO 4xx Honors Seminar: Metropolitan Leadership (3)


3. any course listed in A-E that coincides with the student's individual interests in metropolitan studies


4. an upper-level course that the student's adviser must approve as relevant to metropolitan studies (including approved study abroad)


Capstone Experience (3 credits)


MTRO 4xx Capstone Seminar in Metropolitan Studies (3)






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