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    Planning Specializations

    In addition to the core curriculum, taken during the first year in residence, the department offers four specializations associated with professional planning practice: economic development, housing & community development, land use and environmental planning, and transportation planning. Sustainable development is the overarching concept for these specializations. Each emphasizes equity, environmental quality, economic viability, and social participation and grapples with the interconnections among these dimensions of sustainability.

    Economic Development focuses on planning for functional and sustainable regional economies and issues of income and jobs for central city areas.  Read more >>

    Housing & Community Development

    Housing & Community Development is concerned with the supply of affordable housing, the revitalization of urban neighborhoods, project development, and central city redevelopment. 

    Land Use & Environmental Planning

    Land Use & Environmental Planning addresses growth management at the urban and regional scales, environmental management, and policy analysis with emphasis on water resources.

    Transportation Planning

    Transportation Planning provides concepts and tools relevant to transportation policy and planning and in-depth knowledge of the reciprocal relationship between transportation decisions and land development.

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