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Urban & Regional Studies


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; and a difference in the lives and well-being of persons across metropolitan and rural regions.

URS offers undergraduates an opportunity to become familiar with concepts that will be useful whether they become community organizers, lawyers, city or regional planners, architects, teachers, economic development specialists, journalists, social workers, city managers, or enter careers in business.

Students are offered introductory and advanced coursework in many of the social science disciplines that contribute to the field of urban studies -- including economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology -- as well as specialized coursework such as: urban social problems, urban and regional planning, and the seminar in ethics and public action.

We have a number of areas of emphasis within the program, including community development, ethnic studies, and urban and regional planning. To view further information about these areas of emphasis, see our degree requirements or visit the Undergraduate Catalog.