In some cases, research methods courses in other departments can be considered as a substitute for Urban Studies 200, with the approval of the major advisor. This course is intended to prepare the student for URBS 400, Senior Seminar. Students should take this course during their junior year. Students planning to study abroad during the junior year may elect to take URBS 200 in the second semester of their sophomore year.
The Urban Studies Program maintains a strong commitment to the application of theory to practice. Every student who decides to major or minor in Urban Studies is required to take complete an unpaid internship, for which they receive 2 cu’s, through a course entitled Fieldwork (URBS300).
Fieldwork provides students with the opportunity to work closely with a community group, public agency, non-profit or private organization. Students are expected to spend 15 hours per week working at the internship site. At the same time, students participate in a seminar which furnishes opportunities to discuss their experiences in the internship with instructors and other interns.
Assignments are designed to structure learning and to link theory and practice. Students develop a learning plan and write essays from the perspectives of organizational culture, organizational management, and academic theory. Based on the goals they set for themselves in the learning plan, students produce a portfolio of their work to demonstrate what they have learned.
The University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.On June 26, 2014, the Commission reaffirmed the University's accreditation, as reflected in the most recent Statement of Accreditation Status. This action followed a rigorous process in which the University prepared an in-depth campus-wide Self-Study Report and was reviewed by an evaluation team consisting of faculty members and administrators from peer institutions. This Self-Study Report can be read, in full or in individual chapters, at the links below and to the left.The next significant action related to the University's accreditation will be a Periodic Review Report in 2019.
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