Urban Studies and Planning Minor

Department of City and Regional Planning

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New East Building, CB# 3140

(919) 962-3983

Noreen McDonald, Chair

Bill Rohe, Director of Undergraduate Studies

brohe@unc.edu

Sandra Lazo de la Vega, Student Services Manager

sandral@unc.edu

City and regional planning is an interdisciplinary field that seeks to improve the quality of life for people in human settlements. Planners are involved in designing solutions to pressing societal problems such as urban sprawl, unemployment, homelessness, environmental pollution, and urban decay. They are involved in guiding the type and location of new development, creating balanced transportation systems (including walking and biking), promoting economic development for all residents, protecting the environment, expanding affordable housing, and revitalizing urban neighborhoods. 

City and regional planners are hired by national, state, and local governments; national, regional, and local nonprofit groups; and private sector firms including development companies and consulting firms.

A minor in urban studies and planning allows students to learn about cities and planning processes, to enrich or expand their major, and to explore how they can be involved in improving the prosperity, livability, and equity of cities, towns, and regions. Having a minor in urban studies and planning can help students in the job market, as it teaches skills valued by many employers. It can also help students explore the possibility of pursuing a master's degree in planning. 

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
PLAN 246Cities of the Past, Present, and Future: Introduction to Planning 13
PLAN 247Solving Urban Problems 13
Select three additional PLAN courses numbered 200 through 699. 29
Total Hours15

City and Regional Planning (PLAN) course list.