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Cities, Action, Power and Practice

This concentration equips students to work for change in developing sustainable local communities. Concentrators will explore social, political, economic, and environmental aspects of communities in the United States and around the world. Topics include the critical analysis of the historical development and current conditions of downtown centers, residential neighborhoods, and suburban areas. Students will investigate the interrelated issues of poverty, housing, education, and crime in phenomena like public housing and gentrification. As they do, they will also consider the activists, organizations, and policy efforts that mobilize around these issues. Collaborations with community organizations will provide the student with a familiarity of urban issues and institutions. Cross-cutting sociological subjects such as work, race/ethnicity, gender, immigration, policing and law, and community activism are central to the work of the concentration. CAPP prepares students to work with community-centered non-profit organizations of various types or within government. It serves as an excellent preparation for graduate study in public policy, public administration, social work, urban planning, and law. In addition to the core sociology course requirements, students will complete eight additional courses from the concentration list below:

Course Requirements

Two 200-level CAPP Courses

Three 300-level CAPP Courses

Two CAPP Elective Courses

One 300-level Elective course in Sociology

  • Any 300-level Sociology course (including those listed above)

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours. 

Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree

Students with a Cities, Action, Power, and Practice (CAPP) concentration will have the following three courses substituted for three 400-level courses, which will count toward both undergraduate and graduate degree programs:

  • One CAPP Practice course
  • One 200-level CAPP Elective from the CAPP Sociology Elective course list
  • One 300-level Sociology Elective course

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