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Bachelor of Arts in Urban Services Administration

Degree Requirements | GenEd Requirements | College Requirements | Major Requirements

The Urban Services Administration major is designed for students aspiring to enter the field of human services and nonprofit management and for those currently employed in positions in these areas. It provides management skills and training directed toward mobilizing community assets and capacity building.

Degree Requirements
  • A minimum of 128 credit hours of academic work in which 36 credit hours must be upper division (300 and 400 level) courses.
  • Achievement of a grade point average of 2.00 or above
  • Completion of foreign language requirement, if necessary to remedy a high school deficiency
  • Completion of ASC 101, Introduction to University Life (incoming freshmen only)
  • Completion of the university, college and major-field requirements.
General Education Requirements

University and Levin College requirements will be met upon completion of the courses (or their transfer equivalents) listed below. Please meet with an advisor for an official determination of credit applicability.

Category Description
Freshman Orientation ASC 101: Intro to University Life (freshmen only)
Freshman English: 7 Sem. Hrs. ENG 101: English I and UST 102: Professional Writing OR ENG 102: English II
Math & Logic: 6 Sem. Hrs. Choose from University GenEd list
Arts/Humanities: 3 Courses or 9 Sem. Hrs., two fields Choose from University GenEd list. May include Non-Western Culture
Social Science: 3 Courses or 9 Sem. Hrs., two fields UST 200: Introduction to Urban Studies (Required)
UST 202: Cleveland: Past, Present & Future
UST 290: Urban Geography (Recommended)
ANT 102: Study of Culture
Natural Science: 8 Sem. Hrs., to include at least one (1) lab hour GEO 100/101: Introductory Geology and Lab
ENV 259: Natural History of Cleveland
UST 289: Physical Geography Or other courses from University GenEd list.
Non-Western Culture: One course, minimum 3 Sem. Hrs. Choose from University GenEd list. May double-count with Arts/Humanities
Western Culture: One course, minimum 3 Sem. Hrs. UST 240: Democracy & the Bureaucratic City (Recommended) or
PSC 111: American Government
Human Diversity/African-American Experience: Two courses, minimum 6 Sem. Hrs. total UST 302: Contemporary Urban Issues (major field requirement)
Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC): One to Three courses Courses taken to fulfill major field/college requirements will also fulfill WAC. Transfer students with 60-89 credits need two WAC courses; transfer students with 90 hours or more need one WAC course
Upper Division College Requirements (12 hrs.)
Course No. Sem. Hrs. Title
UST 401 4 Computer Applications for Urban Research
UST 404 4 Urban Data Analysis
UST/PSM/USA 490 4-8 Internship (may be waived for prior professional experience)
Major Field Requirements: Core Courses (28 hours)
Course No. Sem. Hrs. Title
UST 300 4 Economics of Policy
UST 302 4 Contemporary Urban Issues
USA 410 4 Proposal Writing
USA 433 4 Negotiation and Conflict Management
USA 451 4 Fundraising and External Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
USA 452 4 Management of Urban and Nonprofit Organizations
USA 456 4 Institutional Development of Nonprofit Organizations
Restricted Electives (6-8 hours)
Choose 2 of the following electives
ENV 435 4 Environmental Policy
USA 380 4 Urban Family Development
USA 419 4 Neighborhood Planning
USA 453 4 Managing Urban Diversity
UST 455 4 Gender and Leadership
USA/UST 493 4 Special Topics
Major Field Requirements: Core Courses (28 hours)
Course No. Sem. Hrs. Title
UST 300 4 Economics of Policy
UST 302 4 Contemporary Urban Issues
USA 410 4 Proposal Writing
USA 433 4 Negotiation and Conflict Management
USA 451 4 Fundraising and External Relations for Nonprofit Organizations
USA 452 4 Management of Urban and Nonprofit Organizations
USA 456 4 Institutional Development of Nonprofit Organizations
Credit for Life Experience (if applicable)
UST 190 1-24 Experiential Learning