Curriculum for the USP Major

Major Requirements

Lower-Division Requirements

4 Courses Required 

  • PoliSci 30: Political Inquiry (Psychology 60: Introduction to Statistics or Sociology 60 The Practice of Social Research can be substituted for PoliSci 30)
  • USP 1: History of U.S. Urban Communities
  • USP 2: Urban World System
  • USP 3: The City and Social Theory

Upper-Division Requirement

12 courses required, including two (2) Foundation Courses, one (1) Research methods Course, both (2) senior sequence courses, and seven (7) Upper-Division Elective Courses:

Foundation Courses

Two (2) Foundation Courses Required

  • USP 100  Introduction to Urban Planning
  • USP 102: Urban Economics (ECON 135)
  • USP 103: American City in the Twentieth Century (HIUS 148) (USP 165/HIUS 147 History of American Suburbs may substitute for USP 103)
  • USP 104: Ethnic Diversity and the City (ETHN 105)
  • USP 105: Urban Sociology (SOCI 153)
  • USP 106: The History of Race & Ethnicity in American Cities (HIUS 129)
  • USP 107: Urban Politics (PoliSci 102E)
  • USP 124: Land Use Planning
  • USP 173: History of Urban Planning and Design

Research Methods Courses

One (1) Research Methods Course Required, and should be taken Junior year.

  • USP 110: Advanced Topics in Urban Politics (POLI 102J)
  • USP 125: The Design of Social Research
  • USP 129: Research Methods: Studying Racial and Ethnic Communities (ETHN 190)
  • USP 130: Field Work in Racial and Ethnic Communities (ETHN 107)
  • USP 146: Built Environment and Active Living
  • USP 174: Regional Governance & Planning Reconsidered
  • USP 191: Geographical Information Systems for Urban and Community Planning
  • USP 193: San Diego Community Research

The Senior Sequence

Both of the following two (2) courses are required:

  • USP 186: Senior Sequence Research Proposal (6 units - offered only in Fall quarter)
  • USP 187: Senior Sequence Research Project (6 units - offered only in Winter quarter)
Electives (not required)
  • USP 190: Senior Honors Seminar (4 units - offered only in Spring quarter)
  • USP 194: Research Seminar in D.C. (4 units)

Upper-Division Elective Courses

Seven (7) Upper-Division Elective Courses Required

Students are encouraged to pick an "area of concentration" and choose upper-division electives listed under that cluster. Students may also define their own "area of concentration" and design an appropriate curriculum drawn from courses offered by USP and other related departments.

Areas of Concentration

Urban / Regional Policy and Planning | Urban Design / Built Environment  
Health, Social Services & EducationUrban Diversity
Cities in Historical and Comparative Perspectives 

Urban / Regional Policy and Planning

  • USP 100: Introduction to Urban Planning
  • USP 101/Political Science 160AA: Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • USP 102/Economics 135: Urban Economics
  • USP 107/Political Science 102E: Urban Politics
  • USP 109/Political Science 103A: California Government and Politics
  • USP 110/Political Science 102J: Advanced Topics in Urban Politics
  • USP 111/Political Science 102JJ: Advanced Topics in Urban Politics
  • USP 113/Political Science 103B: Politics and Policymaking in Los Angeles
  • USP 115/Political Science 103C: Politics and Policymaking in San Diego
  • USP 116: California Local Government: Finance and Administration
  • USP 120: Urban Planning, Infrastructure, and Real Estate
  • USP 121: Real Estate Law and Regulation
  • USP 122: Redevelopment Planning, Policymaking and Law
  • USP 124: Land Use Planning
  • USP 133/Sociology C/152: Social Inequality and Public Policy
  • USP 137: Housing and Community Development and Practice
  • USP 138: Urban Economic Development
  • USP 139: Urban Design & Economic Development
  • USP 170: Sustainable Planning
  • USP 171: Sustainable Development
  • USP 173: History of Urban Planning and Design
  • USP 174: Regional Governance and Planning Reconsidered
  • USP 180: Transportation Planning
  • USP 181: Public Transportation
  • USP 189: Special Topics in Urban Planning
  • USP 191: GIS for Urban and Community Planning
  • USP 193: San Diego Community Research 
  • Anthropology (ANBI) 132/Biology (BIEB) 176: Conservation and the Human Predicament 
  • Economics 116: Economic Development 
  • Economics 118: Law and Economics:Torts, Property and Crime
  • Economics 130: Public Policy
  • Economics 131: Economics of the Environment
  • Economics 139: Labor Economics
  • Economics 150: Economics of the Public Sector: Taxation
  • Economics 151: Economics of the Public Sector: Expenditures
  • Economics 155: Political Economics
  • Environment Studies 102: Selected Topics in Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies 130: Environmental Issues: Social Sciences
  • Political Science 160AB: Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • Political Science 162: Environmental Policy
  • Political Science 168: Policy Assessment
  • Sociology 121: Economy and Society
  • Sociology 146: Law Enforcement in America
  • Sociology 155: The City of San Diego
  • Sociology 169: Citizenship, Community and Culture
  • Sociology 179: Social Change
  • Sociology 180: Social Movements and Social Protest

Urban Design / Built Environment

  • USP 103/History (HIUS) 148: American Cities in the Twentieth Century
  • USP 124: Land Use Planning 
  • USP 137: Housing and Community Development and Practice
  • USP 146: Built Environment and Active Living
  • USP 165/History (HIUS) 147: History of the American Suburb 
  • USP 170: Sustainable Planning 
  • USP 171: Sustainable Development 
  • USP 173: History of Urban Planning and Design 
  • USP 174: Regional Governance and Planning Reconsidered 
  • USP 177: Urban Design Practicum 
  • USP 178: Urban Design for Redevelopment 
  • USP 179: Urban Design, Theory, and Practice 
  • USP 180: Transportation Planning 
  • USP 191: GIS for Urban and Community Planning 
  • USP 193: San Diego Community Research 
  • Environmental Studies 102: Selected Topics in Environmental Studies 
  • Environmental Studies 110: Environmental Law 
  • Environmental Studies 130: Environmental Issues: Social Sciences 
  • Ethnic Studies 103: Environmental Racism 
  • Ethnic Studies 104: Race, Space, and Segregation 
  • History (HISC) 172: Building America: Technology, Culture, and the Built Environment in the U.S. 
  • Political Science 125A: Communities and the Environment 
  • Political Science 162: Environmental Policy
  • Visual Arts 110G: The Natural and Altered Environment
  • Visual Arts 111: Structure of Art

Health, Social Services, and Education

  • USP 101/Political Science 160AA: Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • USP 133/Sociology C/152: Social Inequality and Public Policy
  • USP 143: The U.S. Health Care System
  • USP 144: Environmental and Preventive Health Issues 
  • USP 145: Aging-Social and Health Policy Issues 
  • USP 147: Case Studies in Health Care Programs/Poor and Underserved Populations
  • USP 154/Political Science 111B: Global Justice in Theory and Action
  • Economics 130: Public Policy 
  • Economics 139: Labor Economics 
  • Economics 150: Economics of the Public Sector: Taxation 
  • Economics 151: Economics of the Public Sector: Expenditures
  • Economics 155: Political Economics 
  • Education Studies 130: Introduction to Academic Mentoring of Elementary/School Students 
  • Ethnic Studies 142: Medicine, Race, and the Global Politics of Inequality 
  • Philosophy 163: Biomedical Ethics 
  • Political Science 168: Policy Assessment 
  • Psychology 104: Introduction in Social Psychology 
  • Sociology 112: Social Psychology 
  • Sociology 117/EDS117: Language, Culture, and Education 
  • Sociology 123: Sociology of Work 
  • Sociology 126/EDS 126: Social Organization of Education 
  • Sociology 132: Gender and Work 
  • Sociology 135: Medical Sociology
  • Sociology 136E: Sociology of Mental Illness: An Historical Approach
  • Sociology 136F: Sociology of Mental Illness in Contemporary Society
  • Sociology 141: Crime and Society
  • Sociology 159: Special Topics in Social Organizations and Institutions

Urban Diversity

  • USP 104/Ethnic Studies 105: Ethnic Diversity and the City
  • USP 106/History (HIUS) 129: History of Race and Ethnicity in American Cities
  • USP 129/Ethnic Studies 190: Research Methods: Studying Racial and Ethnic Communities 
  • USP 130/Ethnic Studies 107: Field Work in Racial and Ethnic Communities 
  • USP 132/Ethnic Studies 188: African Americans, Religion, and the City 
  • USP 135/Ethnic Studies 129: Asian and Latina Workers in the Global Economy
  • USP 154/Political Science 111B: Global Justice in Theory and Action
  • Anthropology (ANSC) 131: Urban Cultures in Latin America 
  • Ethnic Studies 118: Contemporary Immigration Issues 
  • Ethnic Studies 121: Contemporary Asian-American History 
  • Ethnic Studies 123: Asian-American Politics 
  • Ethnic Studies 131/History (HIUS) 159: Social and Economic History of the Southwest II 
  • Ethnic Studies 151: Ethnic Politics in America 
  • Ethnic Studies 161: Black Politics and Protest Since 1941 
  • Ethnic Studies 184: Black Intellectuals in the 20th Century 
  • History (HILA) 115: The Latin American City, a History 
  • History (HILA) 121: History of Brazil 
  • History (HITO) 180/280: Housing in the Developing World 
  • History (HIUS) 114: California History 
  • History (HIUS) 117: History of Los Angeles 
  • History (HIUS) 126: A History of Race in the United States
  • History (HIUS) 180/Ethnic Studies 134: Immigration and Ethnicity in Modern American Society 
  • Political Science 100H: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics 
  • Political Science 100J: Race in American Political Development 
  • Political Science 105A: Latino Politics in the U.S. 
  • Political Science 150A: Politics of Immigration 
  • Sociology 100: Classical Sociological Theory
  • Sociology 125: Sociology of Immigration
  • Sociology 139: Social Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • Sociology 144: Forms of Social Control 
  • Sociology 148: Political Sociology 
  • Sociology 148E: Inequality and Jobs
  • Sociology 151: Comparative Race and Ethnic Relations

Cities in Historical and Comparative Perspectives

  • USP 103/History (HIUS) 148: American Cities in the Twentieth Century 
  • USP 105/Sociology 153C: Urban Sociology
  • USP 106/HIUS 129: The History of Race & Ethnicity in American Cities
  • USP 107/Political Science 102E: Urban Politics 
  • USP 165/History (HIUS) 147: History of the American Suburb 
  • USP 166: History of San Diego 
  • USP 167/History (HIUS 123): History of New York City
  • USP 168:/HIUS 117: History of Los Angeles
  • USP 173: History of Urban Planning and Design 
  • Anthropology (ANSC) 131: Urban Cultures in Latin America
  • Economics 116: Economic Development 
  • Ethnic Studies 121: Contemporary Asian-American History 
  • Ethnic Studies 131/History (HIUS) 159: Social and Economic History of the Southwest II 
  • History (HIEU) 129: Paris, Past and Present 
  • History (HILA) 115: The Latin American City, a History 
  • History (HILA) 121: History of Brazil 
  • History (HIUS) 114: California History 
  • History (HIUS) 117: History of Los Angeles 
  • History (HIUS) 124/ETHN 125: Asian American History
  • History (HIUS) 126: A History of Race in the United States
  • History (HIUS) 139: African-American History in the Twentieth Century 
  • History (HIUS) 140/Economics158A: Economic History of the United States I 
  • History (HIUS) 141/Economics 158B: Economic History of the United States II 
  • History (HIUS) 154: Western Environmental History

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