World Cities Minor
Students interested in pursuing World Cities as a minor must declare with an academic
advisor at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. All undergraduate
students, regardless of major, are eligible for this minor. Students pursuing this
undergraduate minor will be encouraged to keep in mind graduate programs at UH (and
beyond to professional degree programs in city and regional planning) that deepen the
skill-set offered by the World Cities minor.
Housed in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, this interdisciplinary
and inter-departmental minor encourages students to critically explore cities of the world
from different geographical, chronological, and disciplinary perspectives in an effort to help
them develop analytical tools for understanding complex urban phenomena.
To qualify for the World Cities minor, students must complete 15 semester hours of
courses designated for the minor, including:
1. One foundation course—ARCH 4374: World Cities (Fall)
2. Four additional courses selected from the partial list for the minor (See below).
No more than one independent study can be applied to the minor.
3. Course selection must reflect a broad geographic and disciplinary distribution.
No more than two courses from any one major may be used to fulfill the minor
4. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better is required in those courses completed for the
Students must take 9 semester hours in residence, at least 6 of them advanced 3000 or
4000 level courses. An undergraduate academic advisor in the College of Architecture
and Design must approve the minor program.
For a current listing of courses approved for the World Cities minor, consult an advisor in
the College of Architecture and Design. Check the list of courses available on myUH. Not
all of the listed courses are offered every semester. If a course has prerequisites, please
come see Professor Adams, the Program Coordinator to discuss.
For more information on the ARCH 4374 World Cities Adams (Fall) click here.
Courses – Partial List – Please see advisors or coordinator for updates + insights.
ANTH 3341 Cultural Ecology Widmer (Spring) (+ Archeology Courses)
ARCH 3356 City as Palimpsest: Paris Laos (Fall)
ARCH 3397 Social Aspects of the City Adams (Spring) (Design for People City Scale)
ARCH 4373 Urban Environments Rifaat (Fall)
ARCH 4374 World Cities Adams (Fall)
ARCH 4375 Capitalism, Architecture, & City Longoria (Spring)
ARCH ____ Shape of The City Turner (Spring)
Adams World Cities Minor 11/15/16 2
ARCH 4355 Houston Architecture Fox (Fall)
CHNS 3360 A Look Into Modern China McArthur (Fall)
CLAS 4305 5th Century Athens: Intellectual, Literary, Political History – Hackney (Spring)
CLAS 3350 Law & Society in Roman Empire Armstrong (Fall)
ECON 4377 Urban Economics Kohlhase (Fall)
ECON 3363 Environmental Economics Kohlhase (Spring)
FREN 3362 Paris and Berlin Zaretsky & Glass (Fall)
GERM 3362 Paris and Berlin Zaretsky & Glass (Fall)
HIST 3327 Houston Since 1836 Howell/Pratifa
HRMA 2365 Tourism Draper (Fall/Spring)
WCL 2352 World Cinema Nguyen (Spring)
WCL 3376 Visual Stories (Photography Diaspora) Hernandez (Spring)