Urban Studies and Planning (B.S.)

Since the devastating Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005, the city of New Orleans has been left with much to rebuild. In addressing this effort and others like it, urban studies and planning has become a deeply relevant discipline. At UNO, our urban studies and planning major will give you an interdisciplinary perspective on urban issues, the analytic and quantitative skills to address those issues, the ability to design and conduct research in urban areas, and an appreciation for the diversity of urban populations and the issues of social justice that affect them. With all these skills, taking part in the rebuilding of New Orleans is just the beginning of what you could accomplish.

To get started, you will be required to choose a concentration in an area such as environmental studies, hazard policy, historic preservation, transportation studies, geography, geographic information systems (GIS), public culture, or urban design. Once you have decided on an academic focus, you can gain practical experience through independent study options, part-time employment, or an internship in an organization like the New Orleans City Planning Commission, the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, Neighborhood Housing Services, or New Orleans Active Transportation Benchmarking Project. Additionally your classes may require hands-on experience in relevant New Orleans projects such as gathering data for New Orleans City Park’s transportation access and vehicular circulation plan and conducting public opinion surveys about the Claiborne Avenue Expressway.

By the time you have completed your urban studies and planning B.S., you will be qualified for positions in public, private, and nonprofit organizations alike. You will also be ready for graduate programs in urban studies, urban planning, public administration, environmental studies, or related areas. Our program, in fact, is specifically designed to complement UNO’s graduate programs in those fields. Whatever your focus, UNO will help you build a career in urban planning and development.

Department of Planning
and Urban Studies

Curriculum & Requirements

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Related Minors

  • Anthropology
  • Environmental Science
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Selected Courses

  • Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Fundamentals of
    Urban Design
  • Introduction to
    Transportation Studies
  • American City Planning