Urban Planning Minor

Urban planning is an interdisciplinary field broadly concerned with enhancing cities and urban spaces for the public good. By enhancing your major with an Urban Planning minor, you will explore a broad range of topics including transportation planning, land use planning, economic development, environmental sustainability, community organizing, housing policy, and many others. In addition, you will learn and apply valuable skills including working with geographic information systems (GIS), policy development, and public problem-solving techniques.   

The Urban Planning minor is ideal for students who aim to pursue careers in urban planning, housing and economic development, civil service and government, community and neighborhood development, and nonprofit organizations. The minor also prepares students for advanced or graduate studies in Urban Planning or related fields. Students majoring in all disciplines within the college are encouraged to do the Minor in Urban Planning.

The 18 credit Urban Planning minor consists of four required courses and two electives.

Current Advisors

Tabashshum Islam

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Four Required Courses:

  • URBST 101: Poverty and Affluence
  • URBST 241: Introduction to Urban Planning
  • URBST 260: Planning and Politics
  • URBST 263: Introduction to GIS

Two Electives Courses (from this list):

  • HIST 285: The History of New York City
  • HIST 348: The History of Queens: A History of New York from the Outer Boroughs
  • PSCI 209: Housing Politics and Policy
  • PSCI 211: Urban Politics
  • URBST 200: Urban Research Methods
  • URBST 202: Race, Ethnicity, Immigration
  • URBST 206: Global Cities
  • URBST 207: Development of the American City
  • URBST 224: The Changing Neighborhoods of Queens
  • URBST 245W: The Urban Economy
  • URBST 254: Urban Transportation
  • URBST 256: NYC Land Use Planning Process
  • URBST 370: Service Learning Internship
  • URBST 371: Service Learning Project