This upper-division undergraduate course is designed to provide a survey of the urban history of the United States from the 19th Century through today. Topics include the industrial city, changing technologies, changes in urban social and spatial structure, urban politics, migration and immigration, city boosterism, suburbanization, national urban policy, social movements, urban economic decline, recreation, urban design, and central city revitalization. While the course is taught in a lecture format, it is intended to provide “beyond the classroom” experiences in which Columbia and other nearby cities serve as places of exploration. Students will actively participate in class discussions based on readings, lectures, research, tours, and presentations and will learn how historical precedent effects policy making and quality of life issues in American cities and suburbs today. HIST 400 addresses a gap in USC’s History curriculum by providing a course in American Urban History.