With urban spaces becoming data-rich environments, the goal of this minor is to provide students with the ability to use large-scale data from a variety of sources to understand and address real-world challenges in the urban context. In combining courses that address spatial analysis and mapping, data science, and social sciences, this minor provides the background necessary to investigate data-driven problems in relation to urban scenarios. A capstone project will provide students with the opportunity to address a real-world issue through focused study and applied research under the direction of a faculty member and in collaboration with stakeholders.

Policies

Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

For policies governing all undergraduate programs, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: UINF

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should refer to the Admissions & Policies tab for specific policies related to this program.

Core Courses

CDS 303Scientific Data Mining3
GGS 306Urban Geography3
Total Credits6

Electives

Select one course from each of the three groups below:9
Spatial Analysis and Mapping Group
Quantitative Methods for Geographical Analysis
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Urban Planning
Web Mapping
RS: Applied Geographic Information Systems
Data Science Group
Introduction to Computational Social Science
Introduction to Social Network Analysis (Mason Core)
Scientific Data and Databases
Social Science and Policy Group
Urban Anthropology (Mason Core)
Issues in Public Policy and Administration (With specific title "Urban Economic Development in the Smart Growth Era")
The Urban World (Mason Core)
Total Credits9

Capstone

A capstone project will provide students with the opportunity to address a real-world issue through focused study and applied research under the direction of a faculty member and in collaboration with stakeholders.
Select one capstone course:3
Seminar in Geography
GGS Internship
Directed Study and Research
Internship
Total Credits3