Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies Planning degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. Students must complete the core requirements, one concentration, and the capstone. Students may complete more than one concentration, but courses cannot be double counted. Students must take an additional 15 hours of Urban Planning electives plus open electives as needed to reach a minimum of 120 hours for this degree. Students must also complete the Campus General Education requirements. Some Urban Studies and Planning courses will also apply toward the University General Education requirements. Continuation in the program requires the student to maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average.

Additional information is available on the University's Programs of Study page. You may want to select Approved Planning Electives to help with progress toward a Minor. Options for a Minor are also listed in the Programs of Study. Urban Planning Electives are any Urban Planning courses which are not part of the core curriculum. Workshops beyond the required 4 credit hours may be considered to be Urban Planning Electives.

You are encouraged to work with your Urban Planning Adviser in planning your curriculum.

Summary of Requirements

Year

 

1st Year UP 101 & 4 Foundation Courses
2nd Year UP 201, UP 203 or UP 204, Concentration Gateway Course
3rd Year UP 312, UP 316, Concentration Electives, UP 301 Capstone Preparation
4th Year Concentration Workshop (UP 447, UP 456, UP 457 or UP 478), Capstone Experience (UP 390 or UP 397) & UP 401 Undergraduate Capstone Seminar
 
Plus 15 hours of UP electives, GE not met by UP foundation & core, open electives.

Foundation Courses

Hours

 Requirements

3 RHET 105 or equivalent (GE: Comp I)
3-4 AAS 100-Intro to Asian American Studies (GE: CNW, SBS), AFRO 100-Intro to African American Studies (GE: CNW, SBS), AIS 102-Contemporary Issues in Indian Country (GE: SBS, USM), GEOG 101-Global Development & Environment (GE: CNW, SBS), GEOG 104-Social and Cultural Geography (GE: SBS), LLS 100-Intro to Latino/Latina Studies (GE: CNW, SBS), or SOC 100-Intro to Soc (GE: SBS)
3-4 ECON 102-Microeconomic Principles (GE: SBS) or ACE 100-Agricultural Consumer and Resource Economics (GE: SBS)
3-4
UP 116-Urban Informatics I (GE: QR I), STAT 100 or equivalent (GE: QR I)

Urban Studies and Planning Core

Hours

 Requirements

3 UP 101 - Introduction to City Planning
3 UP 201 - Planning in Action
3 UP 203 - Cities: Planning & Urban Life or UP 204 - Chicago: Planning & Urban Life
4 UP 312 - Communication for Planners (GE: Advanced Comp)
3
UP 316 - Urban Informatics II (GE: QR II)

Sustainability Concentration

Hours

 Requirements

3 Gateway: UP 205 - Ecology & Environmental Sustainability (GE: Natural Science & Technology)
6-8 Electives (2 required): UP 136-Urban Sustainability, UP 405-Watershed Ecology, UP 406-Urban Ecology, UP 420-Planning for Historic Preservation, UP 446-Sustainable Planning Seminar, UP 460-Transportation & Land Use Policy, UP 466-Energy Planning and Built Environment, UP 480-Sustainable Design Principles
4 Workshop: UP 456-Sustainable Planning Workshop

Policy and Planning Concentration

Hours

 Requirements

3 Gateway: UP 311 - Local Planning, Government & Law
6-8 Electives (2 required): UP 330-The Modern American City, UP 340-Planning for Healthy Cities, UP 345-Economic Development Planning, UP 407-State and Local Public Finance, UP 420-Planning for Historic Preservation, UP 430-Urban Transportation Planning, UP 473-Housing & Urban Policy, UP 474-Neighborhood Revitalization, UP 460-Transportation/Land Use Policy
4 Workshop: UP 447-Land Use Planning Workshop, UP 457-Small Town/Rural Planning Workshop

Social Justice Concentration

Hours

 Requirements

3 Gateway: UP 260 - Social Inequality and Planning (GE: Social & Behavioral Science)
6-8 Electives (2 required): UP 335-Cities & Immigrants, UP 340-Planning for Healthy Cities, UP 423-Community Development in the Global South, UP 473-Housing & Urban Policy, UP 474-Neighborhood Revitalization
4 Workshop: UP 478 - Community Development Workshop

Global Cities Concentration

Hours

 Requirements

3 Gateway: UP 185-Cities in a Global Perspective (GE: Cultural Studies Non-Western/US Minority Culture)
6-8 Electives (2 required): UP 335-Cities & Immigrants, UP 406-Urban Ecology, UP 423-Community Development in the Global South
4 Workshop: Study Abroad

Capstone

Hours

 Requirements

1 Capstone Preparation: During the third year, students enroll in UP 301-Capstone Preparation. Students meet individually with their capstone adviser to develop a plan to meet the capstone requirement. To pass this course, students must turn in a proposal at the end of the semester.
3 Capstone Experience: Students engage in a semester or summer long applied activity outside of the classroom. The Capstone Experience is intended to engage the students in the real world and prepare them for the job market. Students typically complete this requirement during their Junior year, but have the option to complete it during the summer between their third and fourth year. Examples include a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer work, consulting project with a client, summer research and more. Students enroll in UP 390-Planning Internship and/or UP 397-Undergraduate Capstone to receive credit.
2 Capstone Seminar: During the fourth year, students enroll in UP 401 for two semesters. Students will participate in monthly activities to discuss and reflect on the Capstone Experience. In addition, students will present a poster summarizing their capstone experience in a public setting - for example at a public engagement conference, public meeting or community meeting, McNair Scholars conference, James Scholars event, Illinois American Planning Association meeting, undergraduate research symposium, other networking with professionals through the Wetmore Lecture Series.
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