Urban Studies & Public Policy
Urban Studies & Public Policy provide the tools to understand the complex processes
and structures found within urban environments where diverse interests have converged
to create lands of opportunity. While urban development and revitalization can be
exciting, a host of social issues lurks within neighborhoods, communities, and public
institutions. Urban Studies & Public Policy graduates work on both ends of the spectrum
to ensure that regulations are in place to preserve the city, to design plans that
make cities viable and sustainable, and to ensure that policies are crafted to serve
the needs of the public.
Avenues of Opportunity
- Disaster Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Community Jobs Planning
- Public Assistance
- Environmental Justice
- New Urbanism
What Questions do Urban Studies Majors Tackle?
- Will a sports arena create enough jobs to justify the public expenditures needed to
construct the facility?
- Why are poor people of color typically concentrated near the inner city?
- Why do public school students in one area of the state fare better than their public
school counterparts who live 30 miles away?
- How do you design a sustainable community?
- What were the pre-existing conditions that created disparate outcomes for New Orleanians
during Hurricane Katrina?
- Is gentrification good for cities?
and many, many more...
A major or minor in Urban Studies & Public Policy provides the foundation for launching
a career in urban planning, economic development, education, public service, research,
community development, or public administration. Considering graduate school? The
Urban Studies major/minor provides an excellent knowledge base as a precursor to programs
in urban studies, urban planning, real estate development, sociology, public policy,
law, political science, business and non-profit leadership.
Addressing urban issues requires an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the
historical, cultural, social, economic and political makings of cities. As an urban
studies major, you will delve into a myriad of disciplines through the core curriculum
and additional courses offered through the Department of Social Sciences.
- Introduction to Urban Studies
- Introduction to Public Policy
- City and Metro Planning
- Land Use Policy and Real Estate Development
- Housing Policy
- Urban Government and Politics
- Research Seminar
- Senior Seminar
Dr. Robert Collins
Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy
Dr. Casey Schreiber
Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Public Policy