Minor in Urban and Suburban Studies


This program of study is an interdisciplinary minor offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities

Minor Requirements

In addition to meeting the following requirements, students must meet the university requirements for all minors.

Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits of coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

Three core courses (9 credits)

USST 301 – Urban Growth in a Shrinking World Credits: 3
USST 390 – Special Topics in Urban and Suburban Studies Credits: 3
USST 401 – Seminar: The Future of Metropolitan America Credits: 3

Three elective courses (9 credits)

Select three courses (9 credits) from a list of approved electives, which must be selected from more than one of the following categories (Consult the director for a list of approved courses in each category.)

Environment and Culture
Government and Policy

Total: 18 credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.