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 (Catalog Year 2018-2019)

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.