Urban and Regional Studies majors learn to analyze the problems of urban areas, develop solutions, build in more sustainable ways, manage effectively, and appreciate different cultures and diversity. Urban and Regional Studies is an interdisciplinary program that includes a foundation in urban geography, urban economic and political systems, and social issues. Students learn urban planning, statistics, Geographic Information Systems, sustainability, and public management skills applicable to employment in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
What careers can this major prepare you for?
Graduates hold managerial and administrative roles in governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private companies. You may go on to hold positions including: City Council, Community Engagement Manager, Communications Officer, Director of Administration, Diversity Management, Environmental Sustainability, Executive Director, GIS Specialist, Healthcare Administrator, Mayor, Neighborhood Stabilization, Nonprofit Management, Planning Manager, Program Specialist, Public Service, Real Estate Development, Social Services, Volunteer Coordinator.
What skills are developed within this major?
Skills developed within this major include: analytical skills; problem-solving; critical-thinking; communication; leadership; management; and passion for public service.
- Urban and Regional Planning
- Public Management
- Environmental Policy and Management
- Geographic Information Systems & Applications
- Personally-Designed Track
- Internship opportunities are available to all students; the Columbus Seminar and Washington Seminar provide on-site involvement in government
- Students with substantial prior learning experience may apply for credit through the Assessment and Accreditation of Prior Learning Experience program.
- Opportunities to participate in small seminar groups, research projects, and community engagement are available.