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Student Success

Students, assemble! Are you ready to accept the urban affairs college challenge? We have the opportunities available for you. Now is your chance to create your academic journey with a variety of classes beyond your selected major.

Our students are 21st century change agents. Therefore, our college mission is to ensure students achieve their goals to make a positive impact in their communities. As urban cities continue to grow, students will need to have the knowledge and skills to adapt themselves into a multidisciplinary workforce. Our academic programs address youth homelessness, crime and safety, digital storytelling, civic engagement, collaboration, community engagement, and public policy. Our classes, organizations, research programs, and private-public partnerships are geared toward student success. Contact the Urban Advising Center or email urbanaffairs@unlv.edu for information on selecting a major.

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Urban Adventure (GSC 300)

This required, experiential, scenario-based class puts undergraduate students right in the middle of the action to solve a metropolitan crime. Utilizing core skills and knowledge from across the urban affairs disciplines, students enhance their interpersonal communication and critical thinking abilities, their leadership and collaboration skills, their capacity to interact with the media, their ability to empathize with people and understand how communities provide social support, their knowledge of the justice system, and ability to conduct a criminal investigation.

Communication and Popular Culture (COM 330)

This class helps students understand the personal, social, and political identities embedded in who we are as individuals and communities. The class looks at cultural and critical theories in communication to identify and make sense of the impact popular culture has on local, national, and international levels of influence.

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Back of students' graduation caps

Human Behavior and Environment Foundation (SW 315)

This class looks at human behavior at the levels of individuals, families, and micro-groups. The subjects covered include: the impact of social, cultural, and economic forces on individual, family, and group well-being and how those forces can create dysfunction. This class is offered to students in social work.

Governance in the U.S.: An Urban Focus (URST 241)

This course will use a diverse set of learning experiences to present a general introduction to the principle components of governance in the United States. Completion of this course aids the student in understanding the relationship between individuals and their governments with a focus on local government.

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Students interviewing each other

Entrepreneurial Journalism (JOUR 486)

The world of media is rapidly changing, and the people who succeed are equal parts journalist and entrepreneur. This course will teach you how to thrive in today's evolving media landscape. You'll learn how media organizations are adapting to tech disruption; how to build an online presence, i.e. your own personal “brand;" the basics of freelancing; how to create economically viable journalistic ideas; and more.

Serial Killers and Sexual Predators (CRJ 325)

This class is an examination of the extent, causes, and social characteristics of serial killers and sexual predators. It will review psychological and sociological theories of criminality to explain offender motivation, distribution of offenses across geographical areas, crime elements, and methods of selecting victims. Other topics include homicide investigation techniques, crime profiling, and computer mapping.

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Get Involved in a Student Organization

Students in our college are encouraged to learn about urban contexts through their coursework, research, and practice. By learning through cutting edge curriculum, engaging in community partnerships, participating in student organizations, and interacting with a high-quality faculty, students have opportunities to become change agents.