Urban Planning

Urban and Regional Studies Minor

The scale, diversity, balkanized governance, and natural environment of Southern California all contribute to making it an extraordinary natural laboratory for learning about urban and regional issues, whether the focus is on immigration, employment, the built environment, transportation, poverty, natural resources, or a host of other challenges. The Urban and Regional Studies minor offers undergraduate students a means to address some of these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, giving a balanced mixture of theory, practice, and service learning courses.

To enter the minor, students must be in good academic standing with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed 90 or more units, and complete either Urban Planning 120 or 121 with a grade of C or better. An introductory course in geography, political science, or sociology is recommended. For further information, contact the program director/counselor.

Required Courses (28 units): (1) Urban Planning 120 or 121 with a grade of C or better; (2) five elective courses selected as follows: (a) at least three courses from Public Policy 10A, 104, C115, M120, C147, Urban Planning 120 (unless taken under item 1), 121 (unless taken under item 1), 130, C133, 141, M150, M160, M165, M175, C184 and (b) up to two courses from Anthropology 146, Chicana and Chicano Studies 181, Geography 150, History 145A, 145B, Sociology 158 (students may petition to include a Luskin School of Public Affairs course not listed above to fulfill an elective requirement); (3) capstone project that may be satisfied by one of the following: (a) Urban Planning 185SL — service learning project or (b) Urban Planning 199 or a 199 in the College of Letters and Science with a faculty mentor affiliated with this minor — individual research project.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.