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Urban & Regional Studies


Preadmission Advising

Students who are considering the Urban & Regional Studies major are strongly encouraged to arrange an advising appointment to discuss the program, the admissions process, and support courses they need to be taking. Please contact Dr. Thomas Nesslein, Chair of Urban and Regional Studies, at 920-465-2355 to schedule an appointment. He may be contacted by email at

Ongoing Advising

All students in the program are assigned an advisor, and the program makes every effort to assign the student to the same advisor throughout his or her URS career.

Students in the program need to meet with their advisors at least once during each semester to review program prerequisites and assess additional supporting courses they may need to complete. Advisors also help students with planning their professional goals after graduation and assist students when they encounter challenges in completing their course or field work.

For additional information, please visit the Academic Advising Website.

Most students graduate with the general Urban and Regional Studies program, although we offer areas of emphasis in Community Development, Ethnic Studies, and Urban and Regional Planning. You can view the course requirements and recommended semester by semester schedule of courses by going to the curriculum guide. Specific coursework for the special areas of emphasis in Urban and Regional Studies is shown below:

Community Development

Course work focuses on macro issues in economic development and planning, including Land Use Controls, Community Economic Development, Urban and Regional Planning, and Urban and Regional Economic Theory.

Ethnic Studies

Course work emphasizes experience of ethnic and racial groups in the United States, including especially the continuing efforts of these groups to build communities and their own ethnic identities in the United States.

Urban and Regional Planning

A specialized program of study emphasizing planning theory and methods and requiring internship work with local planning agencies. This curriculum is often selected by students interested in graduate work in urban and regional studies.