Major and Minor Fields of Study/Area of Specialization (up to 27 credit hours)
Course substitutions are permissible with approval from the program coordinator.
Students choose from four major fields of study: urban affairs, urban history, urban planning, and transportation. They select a group of courses that provide a foundation in the theory and methods of their chosen field and a set of additional courses that constitutes an area of specialization. Typically, foundation courses are completed as part of a previous master’s degree program. Students who do not have a master’s degree in their major field or in a related field should expect to take courses sufficient to demonstrate knowledge of the basic theory, concepts, and methods of their major fields of study.
Students select a group of courses that form an area of specialization within their major fields of study. As a rough rule of thumb, students should expect to complete at least 15 credit hours of coursework in their areas of specialization. The courses may be offered in the Department of Planning and Urban Studies or other departments at the University of New Orleans.
Students define their areas of specialization in consultation with a faculty advisor and the Ph.D. graduate coordinator. The courses must be mutually reinforcing and coherent; assure expertise in some body of knowledge, methods, or problem area; and provide students with adequate skills and knowledge to undertake dissertation research, teach, and carry out original research in their areas of specialization. Students are expected to develop knowledge of the body of relevant theory in their areas of specialization, usually by taking courses in the social sciences, history, or planning; demonstrate an ability to apply theory and methods to specific problems; and develop a general proficiency in research design and methods. Areas of specialization available to urban studies doctoral students include, but are not limited to, urban development, urban anthropology, social policy, social and cultural change, public culture, public history, cultural resource management, and historic preservation.
Students may, at their own option, define a minor field of study. Within the minor field, students must complete at least nine credit hours in a set of courses approved in advance by the faculty advisor and the Ph.D. graduate coordinator. (Students may have completed some of the coursework as part of a master’s degree program.) Courses students complete in the minor field may constitute an independent body of knowledge, or they may support the area of specialization developed in the major field.
Students should check with the department about any revisions approved for the program, but which may not be reflected in this catalog, or visit the department website at www.uno.edu/cola/planning-and-urban-studies.