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Undergraduate Catalog 2021 - 2022 
Undergraduate Catalog 2021 - 2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban and Regional Studies, B.A.


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

Additional Information

  • 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.

Hours Required for Degree

Minimum hours for the degree: 120

Minimum Hours required for major: 33

Major-Field Requirements

In addition to the major requirements listed below, students must fulfill all College of Urban Affairs Undergraduate Degree requirements, including completion of UST 200 , UST 404 , UST 405 , and UST 490 

Urban and Regional Studies majors are required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours from the following courses.

B. Tracks

Students select one track from 1 through 5 below (18 credit hours) or a Degree Completion program area if transferring with a degree from a community college.

1. Urban and Regional Planning (18 credit hours)

2. Public Management (18 credit hours)

3. Environmental Policy and Management (18 credit hours)

4. Geographic Information Systems & Applications (18 credit hours)

5. Personally-Designed Track (18 credit hours)

Students may design their own track with their adviser, with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Examples of personally-designed tracks are: historic preservation, economic development, and community health management.

Degree Completion Programs

For community college transfer students with A.A., A.A.S. and A.A.B. degrees the following degree completion programs may be completed with technical credits transferred into the Levin College.

  • Public Management (For transfer students from public administration programs)
  • Environmental Policy (For transfer students from environmental health and safety technology programs)
  • Community Health Management (For transfer students from nursing programs)
  • Paralegal Studies (For transfer students from paralegal studies programs)
  • Human Services (For transfer students from human services programs)

Accelerated 4+1 Program

See the Public Administration, Accelerated 4+1 BA/MPA  page.