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Interdisciplinary Programs

Urban and Suburban Studies

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Louis Corsino

630-637-5312

lcorsino@noctrl.edu

Naperville may be connected to Chicago with a tollway and a Metra train, but how else is this fast-growing suburb related to one of the world’s most vibrant cities? How do inner cities and suburbs fit into their larger metropolitan regions?

We offer a unique academic program that combines both urban and suburban issues. Naperville’s ideal setting allows you to explore the culture of both the suburbs and the city. You can also spend a term studying, working and volunteering in Chicago, through the College’s Chicago Term experience.

If you pursue a minor in urban and suburban studies, you will come to understand issues of transportation, housing, employment, segregation, sprawl and education from an urban and suburban perspective become familiar with the people, places and relationships key to understanding cities and suburbs prepare to live and work in an urban/suburban environment and understand the concept of social justice explore the large-scale changes taking place in metropolitan regions and the affect of change on culture, religion, politics, sports and leisure, social problems and the environment.

Urban and Suburban Studies Minor

Minor Requirements

21 credit hours, including:

  • USS 300 - Urban and Suburban Studies

    USS 300 - Urban and Suburban Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    Interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural and sociological dimensions of metropolitan regions. The course is international in scope, explores both cities and their suburbs and provides the opportunity to examine leadership, ethics and values in a metropolitan context through the concept of social justice.

    Schedule Of Classes

Electives

An additional 18 hours from the following:

  • USS 397 - Internship

    USS 397 - Internship

    0.00-9.00 credit hours

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  • USS 399 - Independent Study

    USS 399 - Independent Study

    1.00-9.00 credit hours

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  • ART 261 - Chicago Art and Architecture

    ART 261 - Chicago Art and Architecture

    3.00 credit hours

    The development of the city of Chicago and the metropolitan area, focusing on architecture; the rise of the identifiable Chicago style in painting and sculpture; the expanding contemporary art scene in the cultural life of the city.

    Core

    Humanities.

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  • CHM 430 - Special Topics (when appropriate)

    CHM 430 - Special Topics

    1.00-3.75 credit hours

    Advanced topics in chemistry. May be repeated with new content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Varies with topic.

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  • ENG 460 - Seminar in Special Topics (when appropriate - consult with USS faculty)

    ENG 460 - Seminar in Special Topics

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of a selected topic in literature, language, writing, literary criticism or theory with special attention to issues related to leadership, ethics or values. Recent topics include Shakespeare and his contemporaries. This course may be repeated once with different content.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and one 200-level literature course.

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  • HST 120 - Chicago History

    HST 120 - Chicago History

    3.00 credit hours

    This introduction to Chicago history explores the development of the metropolitan area through a variety of media, including sports, literature, social criticism, architecture, economics, business and the built environment. Class time is devoted to discussion on the readings, videos and tours.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

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  • HST 210 - City Life

    HST 210 - City Life

    3.00 credit hours

    Survey of the living environment of the modern city, to focus on ways in which writers, thinkers, architects, planners and artists have conceived of the conditions of life in urban areas, and ways in which those conditions could be improved.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One humanities or social science course.

    Core

    Humanities or Social Science.

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  • HST 325 - American Cities and Suburbs

    HST 325 - American Cities and Suburbs

    3.00 credit hours

    Topics discussed include the development of an urban network, the expansion of city services, the drive-in culture of modern suburbia and the enduring problems of urban poverty.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level course in history, political science, sociology and anthropology or English.

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  • KIN 262 - Sport in Modern Society

    KIN 262 - Sport in Modern Society

    2.00 credit hours

    The study of sociological and cultural aspects of sport in modern society.

    Prerequisite(s)


    KIN 150.

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  • KIN 360 - Sport in Society

    KIN 360 - Sport in Society

    3.00 credit hours

    An historical study of sport across time and cultures. A comparative analysis of sport and its uses in ancient, medieval and modern societies is undertaken. Work-leisure patterns that developed over the course of American history are examined. Primary consideration of the urban, industrial and commercial processes that contributed to culture formation with particular emphases on class and gender relations, commercialized leisure practices and the impact of the mass media in the formation of value systems. Discussion of theories relative to the role of sport in society, with particular emphasis on globalization, colonialism and cultural hemegony in the Caribbean, Pacific Rim and Asia.

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  • REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the relationship between urban problems in America and religious communities and their teachings. Attention is given to the ways religious institutions can be both part of the problem and part of the solution within urban contexts, as well as to specific resources within religious traditions for illuminating and improving urban life.

    Core

    Humanities.

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  • SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to urban life from a sociological perspective. Examines issues of urban culture, racism, poverty, power and community from both analytic and practical perspectives. Major goal of the course is to engage in an enlightened debate on the nature of urban life.

    Core

    Social Science.

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  • SOA 203 - Community Studies

    SOA 203 - Community Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the challenges and opportunities confronting communities in contemporary society, with a focus upon issues of social justice, social change and community service. The course serves both as an introduction to urban and community life and an introduction to meaningful careers in public life, social services and community organizing.

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  • SOA 385 - Chicago Field Study

    SOA 385 - Chicago Field Study

    3.00 credit hours

    A first hand study of city life in Chicago with a particular focus on Chicago's neighborhoods.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of SOA 100, SOA 190 or instructor consent.

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  • SOA 390 - Topics in Sociology (when appropriate)

    SOA 390 - Topics in Sociology

    3.00 credit hours

    An in-depth consideration of current topics in sociology, such as social deviance, work and society, violence and social disasters.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 100 or SOA 190.

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NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

USS 297 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

USS 299 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

USS 300 Urban and Suburban Studies (3.00)
Interdisciplinary exploration of the cultural and sociological dimensions of metropolitan regions. The course is international in scope, explores both cities and their suburbs, and provides the opportunity to examine leadership, ethics, and values in a metropolitan context through the concept of social justice. ACR: Intercultural.

USS 325 Leadership and Place (3.00)
Leadership and Place traces the influence of home towns and home places on contemporary and historical leadership paradigms while considering such ethical questions as: What role does place play in forming a responsible and responsive leader? How does one lead responsibly and well far from home? How and where do rural, urban, and suburban ethical standards and value judgments converge and diverge? Where have the leaders of the past come from and where are they likely to be found in the future? Playing close attention to small communities and neighborhoods as key loci in the production of twentieth-century civic leaders and as ethical centers in a Jeffersonian republic, course texts, lectures, and discussions feature real-life case studies designed to engage students in debates weighing ethical and moral positions viewed through the lens of place. Leadership and Place uniquely encourages students in the stud y of personal (inside-out) as well as cultural (outside-in) place-based, ethical perspectives while inviting them to consider the foundational role home communities play in ethical leadership on the local, regional, and national level. Same as: LEV 325. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

USS 397 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

USS 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

USS 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

Louis Corsino

Professor of Sociology; Ruge Fellow; Chairperson, Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies
SOA
630-637-5312
William Barnett

Associate Professor of History; Chair of the Department of History
HST
630-637-5319
Judith Brodhead

Associate Professor of English; Administrative Coordinator of Cultural Events
ENG
630-637-5276
Stephen Maynard Caliendo

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of Political Science
PSC
5344
Kristin Geraty

Associate Dean for Engaged Learning & Director of College Honors Program
SOA
630-637-5315
Richard Guzman

Professor of English Emeritus
ENG
630-637-5280
Zachary Michael Jack

Associate Professor of English
ENG
5281
Ann Keating

Dr. C. Frederick Toenniges Professor of History
HST
630-637-5617
Steve Macek

Professor of Communication; Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies
COM
630-637-5369

Extra-curricular and professional activities that will enrich your urban and suburban studies education.

Learn more about suburban and city issues when you

  • Enroll in the Chicago Term, which involves commuting to Chicago via the Metra train for two days a week for two courses, SOA 494 Chicago Field Study and USS 300 Urban and Suburban Studies. You’ll examine the culture of Chicago’s metropolitan region and research relevant urban topics with faculty guidance. A Chicago-based internship is optional but recommended.
  • Complete other internships and community service projects in either an urban or suburban setting.
  • Pursue international and intercultural experiences through the College’s Study Abroad programs.

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