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SOC 2208 Sociology of American Cities

The socioeconomic evolution and growth of cities, emphasizing affluence and poverty, racial and ethnic pluralism, physical and moral decay of inner cities and the effects on both urban and suburban residents.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: SOC 1101 


  • Explain the process of urban development and the role this has has played in social change.
  • Analyze the change that urbanization has had on social structure and social institutions.
  • Describe the impact of urbanism on mental health, crime, personality development, the family, religion, social networks, minorities, and poverty.
  • Identify the nature and the various types of urban growth, urban life, and theories of urban development, ecology, and decay.
  • Appraise the nature, causes, and growth of the development of American suburbs.
  • Identify the nature, causes, and possible solutions to urban problems.
  • Describe the nature of world-wide urbanization including the impact and consequences of urban planning and renewal.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3