Date Posted: Jan. 14, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


The Urban Studies minor offered by the Department of Urban Planning and Policy prepares students to:

o Clean the air o Build affordable housing o Reduce traffic congestion o Make cities safer o Make democracy work

Urban planners design cities that thrive, manage government agencies that deliver, and build a better tomorrow for citizens in communities large and small. They work locally, regionally, and globally as transportation planners, economic development specialists, city managers, landscape architects, urban designers, community health workers, and regional planners.

Students from any major can benefit from minoring in Urban Studies. Social scientists will learn public management and community organizing. Engineers will learn about urban infrastructure systems, including water supply and transportation. Humanities majors will discover that planning thought draws heavily on critical analyses of race, class, and ethnicity. Science majors will find that planners apply knowledge of statistics, engineering, and environmental systems to solve complex problems.

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