The interdisciplinary Cities Minor brings together the prominent emphases on the material landscapes and cultural environments of the city evident in Geography courses and History of Art and Architecture courses. While both History of Art and Architecture and Geography have different kinds of theoretical or historical questions, they nevertheless strongly overlap when considering how the specific geographic spaces of cities unfold as particular spatial and cultural constructs. Courses in the minor thus explore the variety of ways in which the spaces of cities relate to their historical/geographical materiality. In this sense, culture is broadly construed to encompass the spatial, aesthetic, linguistic, and other social practices that define the material and phenomenological particularities of cities.
The Cities Minor requires the completion of six courses (24 credits). There are 4 core required courses (best taken first):
GEO 103 Urbanization
GEO 233 Comparative Urbanism
HAA 280 History of Premodern Architecture (formerly ART 370)
HAA 281 History of Modern Architecture (formerly ART 371)
Students then take one additional Geography course from this list:
GEO 133 Urban Geography – Experiential Learning
GEO 205 Justice, Inequity and the Urban Environment
GEO 310 Green Infrastructure (formerly titled Land Use Ethics)
GEO 331 Chicago – Spatial Anatomy of a Metropolis (formerly GEO321)
GEO 333 Urban Planning (formerly titled City Problems and Planning)
And one course listed by History of Art and Architecture as 'World Cities' (see: http://las.depaul.edu/haa/Courses/300Level/index.asp).
Additional courses may be substituted with the consent of an advisor in the Department of Geography or History of Art and Architecture. No more than three courses can come from the same department as the student's major.