Professor Smiley is my thesis advisor as an urban studies major. Although I had not taken any courses with him prior to our thesis seminar/meetings, he has proven his insight and thoughtfulness.
Several times a week, Smiley sends me a personal email with ideas/articles that relate to my thesis topic, and I am not alone in this He cares deeply about each of his students' work and feels invested in our projects.
The Built Environment is the ideal thesis course for urban studies majors. Linn's sociology section is too heavily weighted in interviews/social research. Smiley makes the thesis experience comfortable and enlightening.