Urban and Regional Studies Minor

The urban and regional studies (URS) minor has been formulated specifically for out-of-department students who are interested in what shapes cities and metropolitan regions.


  • A minimum of six classes (total of 18 credit hours) in the Department of City and Regional Planning (CRP). Classes must be completed with a letter grade of C or above.
  • 9 credit hours of required core classes:
    • CRP 1100 American CitiesIntroductory course on the evolution of urban problems and opportunities facing the majority of this country's population as we enter the first decade of the 21st century. Readings, discussions, and brief papers explore topics ranging from suburban development to central city poverty, from environmental threats to downtown revitalization, and from municipal finance to the new position of women in the urban economy. (3 credits)
    • CRP 1101 The Global CityThe course introduces students to contemporary urbanization processes, patterns and trends with a focus on cities of the Global South. It examines the demographic, economic and historical processes that create cities. Attention is given to the role of the state, market, non-governmental actors and communities in shaping cities. The course investigates the most pressing problems facing cities. Possible topics may include poverty and inequality, access to shelter and infrastructure, and environmental degradation. (3 credits)
    • CRP 2000 The Promise and Pitfalls of Contemporary Planning Introduction to the historical origins and evolution of city and regional planning. Students acquire a deeper understanding of professional practice, theoretical foundation, core values, primary methods, and key challenges facing contemporary planners through lectures, readings, films, in-class exercises, individual and team-based research, and observation of public meetings. The course provides an overview of successes and failures in the history of planning, as well as opportunities and tensions that will shape the future of cities and city and regional planning. (3 credits)
  • 9 credit hours of elective CRP classes at the 3000 level or higher. Please consult the department class listings.

How to Apply for the URS Minor

A student must meet with his or her home college faculty advisor. Upon completion of the class requirements, a student completes a URS Intent to Minor Form, available via the link below and at 106 West Sibley Hall. The AAP registrar verifies class completion and grades for minor requirements and signs the application form. The URS program director (URS minor advisor) also verifies completion of the minor, signs the form, and sends it (on department letterhead) to the student's home college. The home college will update the student's transcript accordingly.

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