Academic offerings: Our courses introduce students to housing segregation and neighborhood change in American cities. Case studies of neighborhoods in St. Louis as well as other major urban areas are used to illustrate changes during the twentieth century.
Experiential learning: Service learning, internships, and undergraduate research opportunities are available. Courses on immigration, family and domestic violence, disability and medical sociology provide students with background to select from a wide array of internships in social service agencies. Our fieldwork sites involve agencies working with juveniles and adults, families, courts, and churches as well as employment, political and advocacy agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Field schools with research opportunities on the environment are available locally as well as in Central and South America. The department has practicum sites in neighborhood centers, planning agencies, and other service organizations.
Employment opportunities: Career opportunities in the government and non-profit sectors are expanding, as are more traditional openings in private consulting firms, human resource departments in major corporations, and real estate and housing-development offices. Students with a background in urban housing are employed as researchers, administrators and consultants by private organizations and government agencies at federal, state and local levels. Researchers may be involved in such areas as community development, urban planning, social welfare planning, and program evaluation. Students with the necessary skills may become involved with various research efforts, including public opinion institutes, the Census Bureau, and other federal agencies that plan health and education programs.