Urban and Regional Studies develops individuals who want to make a difference in their community: a difference in what happens to older neighborhoods in transition; a difference in what happens as new suburban communities are planned and built; and a difference in the lives and well-being of persons across metropolitan and rural regions.
U.R.S. offers undergraduates an opportunity to become familiar with concepts that will be useful whether they become community organizers, lawyers, city or regional planners, architects, teachers, economic development specialists, journalists, social workers, city managers, or enter careers in business.
Students are offered introductory and advanced coursework in many of the social science disciplines that contribute to the field of urban studies -- including economics, geography, political science, psychology, and sociology -- as well as specialized coursework such as: urban social problems, urban and regional planning, and the seminar in ethics and public action.
We have a number of areas of emphasis within the program, including community development, ethnic studies, and urban and regional planning.
Areas of Emphasis
View the course requirements and recommended semester by semester schedule of courses for the areas of emphasis in Urban and Regional Studies:
Coursework focuses on macro issues in economic development and planning, including Land Use Controls, Community Economic Development, Urban and Regional Planning, and Urban and Regional Economic Theory.
Coursework emphasizes the experience of ethnic and racial groups in the United States, including especially the continuing efforts of these groups to build communities and their own ethnic identities in the United States.
Urban and Regional Planning
A specialized program of study emphasizing planning theory and methods and requiring internship work with local planning agencies. This curriculum is often selected by students interested in graduate work in urban and regional studies.
Urban and Regional Studies
Many students in are interested in the general program in urban and regional studies.
Land Survey Certificate Program
Offered in conjunction with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students completing this degree program along with required courses at NWTC will receive state certificate in Land Surveying.