School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Minor in Urban Affairs

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Why Choose Urban Affairs?

Students in any Wright State major may benefit from a minor in urban affairs. The knowledge and skills gained in this minor can help all students become more engaged and competent citizens who understand how their local government and nonprofit organizations work to enhance our communities and region. Declaring and successfully completing courses for the approved minor is certified on students' official transcript upon graduation.


Our graduates work for cities, townships, counties, state and federal agencies, nonprofit corporations, engineering and architectural firms, and development companies. They are state legislators, economic and planning directors, program directors, CEOs of nonprofits, city managers and administrators of all types. They raise funds, fix problems, analyze data, create and implement policy, plan communities and deliver services. They are leaders across the Dayton region and the people behind the scenes making things work.

View the Urban Affairs program profile for sample occupations, average salary, and employment projections. 

Real-World Experience

SPIA offers fantastic internship opportunities to students in all majors and minors. Recent internships for our students include the Ohio Statehouse, the Dayton Foundation, the YWCA, Community Geographic Information Systems and Citizen Science Research Experiences in Belize, the City of Kettering, City of Yellow Springs, and the Federal District Court.

Service is part of our school’s culture. Through service-learning, students engage with the community, and learn as participants at events, programs, and activities. The university has earned recognition from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for advancing student learning through community engagement.

Success Stories

An urban affairs major, Wright State senior Katie Rossman plans to pursue a career working for the government or in nonprofit management.

Academics and Curriculum

The urban affairs minor is comprised of 18 credit hours: four required courses; Foundations of Urban Affairs (URS 3000), the American City (URS 3100), Public Service Ethics (URS 3300), and Public Policy Analysis (URS 4270), and two urban affairs electives from which you may choose.

View Minor in Urban Affairs program information and degree requirements in the Academic Catalog.

Minor in Urban Affairs Checksheet (PDF)


If you are a current student, go to the WINGS Express Major/Minor change request form or talk to your advisor about adding a minor.


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