Jun 02, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Urban Studies Minor


The Urban Studies Minor is designed to help students understand the historical, physical, economic, social, and political development of U.S. cities and suburbs, where more than 80 percent of the country’s population lives.  Understanding the urban context within which EMU students will work and live is an excellent complement to many majors.  The minor does that through its gateway class (URP 115), a required internship, and a flexible set of restricted electives.

Program Administrator


Advisor Information


Grigoris Argeros, Ph.D., 712 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0012, gargeros@emich.edu

Ashley Johnson Bavery, Ph.D., 701T Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0907, abavery@emich.edu

Barbara Patrick, Ph.D., 601K Pray-Harrold, 734.487.1453, bpatric1@emich.edu

Heather Khan Welsh, Ph.D., 140E Strong Hall, 734.487.8021, hkhan3@emich.edu

Mary-Elizabeth Murphy, Ph.D., 701S Pray-Harrold, 734.487.3183, mmurph54@emich.edu

Amanda Stype, Ph.D., 703J Pray-Harrold, 734.487.0003, astype@emich.edu

Minor Requirements: 21 hours


Required Courses: 6 hours


Students will complete URP 115 and one internship course. 

Please note, some internships also have prerequisites. Students should be sure to meet these requirements or consult with their advisor about alternatives. Students with an internship required in their major may be able to substitute other coursework for the internship.

Restricted Elective Courses: 15 hours


Choose 15 hours from the following courses, including at least two courses with different prefixes, and at least nine hours numbered 300 or above. Students may substitute an approved special topics or travel course as one of their restricted electives.

Some of the courses, particularly in ECON, GEOG, SOCL, and URP, have prerequisites at the 100 or 200 level. Students should be sure to meet these requirements or consult with their advisor about alternatives.

Critical Graduation Information


The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.