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Department of Public & Environmental Affairs

Who should be an Environmental Policy and Planning Major?

This major is designed for students who are SERIOUSLY interested in environmental concerns and studies (aspects of law, planning, policy, etc.). Those who are good with finding solutions to problems and enjoy economics should also consider this program. While it is a demanding program, there are many benefits! Some recommended minors are Environmental Science, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Studies, Political Science, or Economics.

Who should be an Environmental Policy and Planning Minor?

An interdisciplinary minor in Environmental Policy & Planning may represent a good choice for students who wish to major in Environmental Sciences, Public Administration, Political Science, Economics, Urban and Regional Studies, Democracy & Justice Studies, or a number of other programs.

Who should be a Public Administration Minor?

An interdisciplinary minor in Public Administration compliments a major in Political Science, Economics, Communication Processes, Environmental Policy and Planning, Urban and Regional Studies, Democracy & Justice Studies, and others. It prepares students to work in an administrative capacity and as a policy analyst for a variety of organizations, as well as providing a strong background for graduate studies in public administration, law, public policy, public affairs, and related fields.

Who should be an Urban and Regional Studies major/minor?

Students in Urban and Regional Studies come from many different disciplinary fields and areas of interest -- from economics and geography to psychology and sociology. We share a commitment to making a difference in their our community, and in the world around us. The undergraduate degree in Urban and Regional Studies will serve as an appropriate entry for jobs associated with all of these areas of study.

Urban and regional studies develops individuals who want to make a difference in their community: a difference in what happens to older neighborhoods in transition, a difference in what happens as new suburban communities are planned and built, a difference in the lives and well-being of persons across metropolitan and rural regions. Graduates of our program have found employment as architects, business entrepreneurs, cartographers, community organizers, housing developers, urban planners, and many other careers in areas including community and economic development, urban and regional planning, building and zoning inspection, and more. Our graduates report higher starting salaries than graduates from other social science majors, and higher even than those of graduates in the professional programs!