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Teacher Preparation Program 964
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Urban Studies and Metropolitan Planning 975
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  Camden Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008 Liberal Arts Colleges Programs, Faculty, and Courses Urban Studies and Metropolitan Planning 975  

Urban Studies and Metropolitan Planning 975

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Major requirements in urban studies can be completed only through daytime attendance.

Program Director: Richard Harris, Public Policy and Administration


Michael Lang, B.A., Drew; M.S., Ph.D., London School of Economics

Jon Van Til,B.A., Swarthmore College; M.A., North Carolina; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

The program in urban studies and metropolitan planning is concerned with the study and resolution of societal problems from an interdisciplinary base. The program is small, and individual attention to students is a point of pride among its faculty.

A common core of required courses provides the student with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing our major urban communities and institutions. This core is supplemented by seven concentrations; the urban studies program offers twoof these and other departments offer the rest. These concentrations allow students to develop specialized competencies in a variety of urban fields.

The core of required courses provides the student with knowledge appropriate to the urban generalist. These courses promote understanding of many professional and community planning approaches aimed at resolving urban and metropolitan problems. The concentrations provide in-depth training appropiate to preprofessionals. Field experience and training are major components of these concentrations.

Both majors and minors can fulfill program requirements by participating in a combination of the two concentrations within the urban studies program and the five interdisciplinary concentrations. The two concentrations offered by the program are:

Voluntary Action and Nonprofit Organization

Students enrolled in this concentration learn skills of community development practice as applied to the voluntary and nonprofit sectors of society. This includes such groups as neighborhood organizations, nonprofit organizations, and a wide variety of social service organizations.

Urban and Regional Planning

Students enrolled in this concentration will learn about the profession of urban and regional land use planning. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of physical and environmental planning issues and problems. They will learn about the array of methods and techniques employed by planners in their work. The planningconcentration emphasizes practical experience with a rich diversity of planning applications in the city of Camden, as well as the Delaware Valley region. Planning concentration students are strongly encouraged to spend time during one term in a professional planning office in the public or private sector. Students also are strongly encouraged to take 50:920:301 Methods and Techniques of Social Research.

The program offers a diverse range of other options to students, including:

1. Double majors, which allow the student to develop an urban studies major in addition to a major in another discipline or professional field.

2. Minors complete six courses in the program and should arrange their program in consultation with the program director.

3. Cooperative projects between faculty and students involving research, evaluation, and fieldwork characterize much of the department's activity. A multipath approach aims to create a learning environment in which a community of scholars engages in problem solving.

4. Urban and Regional Planning Certificate: Students must take seven courses (21 credits) in urban and regional planning to earn the certificate. These courses are intended to meet the academic eligibility requirements established by the New Jersey State Board of Professional Planners for the state examination for licensed professional planners. Please contact the program director for further information regarding this professional license.

Program requirements are under review and may change in the future. It is the responsibility of all majors to keep informed of any changes to the program by visiting the Urban Studies web site or contacting the program director.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 732/932-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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