Urban and Regional Planning Major

Why Planning?

city planning sketchEverybody plans. But urban and regional planners identify and tackle large-scale problems, while trying to broaden opportunities for all community members. Students in Miami's Urban and Regional Planning Major gain an integrated view of urban issues and basic planning principles and techniques for solving them.

Learning Objectives


Integrate core planning concepts and processes and adapt them to social, economic, environmental, and administrative challenges


Use planning perspectives to assess urban problems, inventory existing conditions, set goals, formulate strategies, and apply through policy/design


Learn key analytic techniques used by urban and regional planners, assess alternative urban policies, and apply to real-world planning problems.

What Can I Do with a Major in Urban and Regional Planning

mapMany graduates go directly into the workforce. Most U.S. planners work in local government doing comprehensive planning, land use regulations, or public works. Opportunities also exist in regional planning agencies and state government on issues like transportation, economic development, or environmental sustainability. Non-profits focus on social services, community development, or land conservation. Planners work in private firms or corporations in real estate development, locating and designing new facilities, or policy consulting.

Others pursue a graduate degree in planning, design, or public administration. Advanced degrees are useful but not necessary to securing employment.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate skills in integrative thinking on patterns and processes and spatial analysis across scales and among places
  2. Students will apply geographic tools and planning concepts toward problem solving and analysis
  3. Students will demonstrate competence in critical analysis and inquiry through the design and completion of independent research
  4. Students will demonstrate writing competency through the preparation of proposals, literature reviews, plans, reports or research papers, and public presentations.

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