Overview of Urban Studies and Planning Degree Programs


B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning Major & Minor

Major Requirements



Advising Handbook Resources

Advising Handbook -Fall 2013

Advising Handbook -Fall 2012

Advising Handbook - Fall 2011
Advising Handbook - Fall 2010
Advising Handbook - Fall 2009
Advising Handbook - Fall 2008


Choosing an Advisor


All students must consult regularly with their academic advisor regarding course requirements, scheduling, and selecting an appropriate set of electives. Students should maintain their own "Advising Checklist"; advisors maintain a copy on file in their faculty offices as a record of progress as well as of approved substitutions. Students are encouraged to select an advisor whose areas of interest correspond to those of the student. Consult with the department chair if you need suggestions.

Students must meet with their advisor to review their work and progress each semester.


Course Load


In deciding how many courses to take each semester, it is helpful to recall the basic university formula for calculating the hours of work required for each course: a minimum of two hours per week in work out of class for every one unit of credit. Thus you should plan on at least six hours of outside work (reading, reviewing, writing papers, etc) for a 3-unit class and at least eight hours of outside work for a 4-unit class.


Grading Policy


Minimum GPA:  All student who enter the program as majors and minors are required to receive at least a grade of "C" in all core courses required for the Urban Studies major or minor (including electives) in order to fulfill the requirement.  
 Credit/No Credit:  All Urban Studies major or minor courses (including electives) must be taken for a letter grade.

(Effective Fall 2009)