Urban Design

The urban design minor is intended to expand the specialized knowledge of students enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs at Alfred State to focus on designing and shaping the physical features of cities, towns, and villages. This interdisciplinary minor will provide an understanding of urban design – the blending of architecture, landscape architecture, and city planning together to make urban areas functional and attractive – and add an important skill set to the credentials of graduates who will receive instruction in urban planning, design theory and practice, and technical areas such as remediation, transportation, adaptive reuse, and real estate development. Satisfactory completion of this coursework will broaden employment opportunities for graduates to include economic development, design consulting, municipal government, real estate development and non-profit organizations. Students are required to declare this minor upon acceptance or continuation into the third year of a baccalaureate degree program.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply concepts of urban development planning and design to issues of human welfare, social equity, and the economy.
  2. Apply knowledge, theories, and methods to analyze urban issues and/or site development.
  3. Demonstrate the skills, vocabulary, and knowledge to effectively communicate and critically evaluate urban issues.

Requirements for a Urban Design Minor (minimum 18 credits)

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ECON 1013 Principles of Macroeconomics (LAS)  3
CIVL 7103 Land Dev. & Design 3

Urban Design Minor Electives (at least 12 credit hours):

  • ANTH 1013 – Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 5223 – Archeology Cities of Fire
  • ARCH 4990 – Lower Division Elective
  • ARCH 6433 – Urban Sketch. and Journal
  • ARCH 7990 – Transfer Credit Elective
  • BAUD 7023 – Legal Environment of Business
  • CIVL 6113 – Environmental Tech Concepts
  • ECON 2023 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • HUSR 5003 – Community Organizations
  • MATH 1123 – Statistics I
  • MATH 2124 – Statistical Methods & Analysis
  • SOCI 1183 – Contemporary Social Problems
  • SOCI 1223 – Power, Privilege, & Difference
  • SOCI 5023 – Research Methods

Please Note:

  • Students should review all course prerequisite requirements prior to registration.
  • Typical semesters and times that each course is offered is subject to change.
  • Enrollment subject to course capacities, and at the discretion of the scheduling department.

The minor must be completed with an overall GPA of 2.5 in all courses taken at Alfred State – SUNY College of Technology. For complete details, please contact the Department of Architecture and Design.