About the Program
The BSUS program has an urban and metropolitan emphasis with a global perspective. The program emphasizes the non-physical aspects of the place and the creation of innovative futures, and offers the clearest opportunity for both domestic and international students. The Urban Studies program provides students with a flexible but organized way of preparing productive participants in contemporary urban life. The BSUS program prepares students for public, nonprofit, and private sector employment requiring comprehensive knowledge of urban areas and challenges and for entrance into various graduate and professional degree programs in specialized fields, including planning.
Additional learning opportunities include a summer quarter abroad, and exchange programs with universities in the Netherlands and Turkey. Through the university’s many certificate programs (similar to a minor area of study), urban studies students can add a specialization in areas such as real estate, area studies, a foreign language, planning, and historic preservation.
The School of Planning is part of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, one of the most comprehensive and well-respected colleges of art and design in the country. DAAP computer facilities are state-of-the-art. The DAAP library contains more than 65,000 books, 380 periodicals and 400 videos. Enrollment in DAAP gives students the chance to benefit and learn from other disciplines in the college. Urban studies students regularly study with urban planning students; and they may enroll periodically in interdisciplinary courses, affording the opportunity to share an area of expertise with students from different disciplines.