HIS-210 - Historical Urban Development

3 credits

This course will explore and analyze the various factors, events, and historical trends that have helped shape cities in the United States. Students will begin by surveying the historical origins and development of cities in ancient world, through the Medieval Period, as well as the first colonial cities in the Americas. Students will also learn about and analyze historical trends in urban development such as, but not limited to: immigration and migration, industrial development, the impact of government housing policies, efforts at urban "renewal/revitalization," and the impact of transportation innovations. While the course will focus on large metropolis such as New York, Los Angeles, or Boston, the course will also chart the development of smaller cities such as those of the former Steel Belt (currently referred to as the Rust Belt) as well as the industrial/mill cities of New England (such as Lowell, Holyoke, Worcester, and Springfield, MA). The course will culminate with an examination and analysis of current trends in urban planning and urban renewal efforts.

Prerequisite(s): DRG 092 or DWT 099 (minimum grade of C-) or placement at higher level on the reading or writing placement tests.  

Mass Transfer Block: Credits earned in this course are counted towards the MassTransfer Block Behavioral and Social Sciences requirements.