Why Urban Studies?

The minor in urban studies allows undergraduates in any field to explore urban and regional issues through a planning framework. Urban studies is an interdisciplinary field with a focus on tangible change. Planners have the power to directly impact the livability of urban environments and equity of communities. A minor in urban studies gives undergraduates a strong base to continue their education and receive a graduate degree in planning or other related fields.
The minor is available to undergraduate students who are enrolled at the University of North Carolina. To declare a minor in urban studies, please see an adviser by appointment. To receive a minor, the student needs to take five planning courses during the course of their studies.

Dr. Bill Rohe is the director of undergraduate studies. For more information on the undergraduate minor contact Sandra Lazo de la Vega.


5 Course Requirement

Plan 246

Cities of the Past, Present, and Future

Plan 247

Solving Urban Problems

3 PLAN electives

After completing 246 and 247


For a full listing of courses please see the University’s Course Catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Currently PLAN 246 is not a requirement for PLAN 247, though students who want to pursue a planning minor are strongly encouraged to take it as a sequence. This requirement may change in the future

Certainly. Many 700 level plan courses that routinely available with instructor permission..

Many courses that are offered across the university that deal with issues of space, place and society with particular focus on environment, community and politics are already cross-listed with PLAN. Thus, as a policy, we do not allow other courses be counted towards the minor with the exception of the Study Abroad courses. Cross-listed courses with PLAN are counted towards the minor.

Students seeking planning minor should enroll in the PLAN section of the course. If, however, you have already registered for a different section (e.g. ENST 330 instead of PLAN 330), please contact the Student Services Manager for making a change.

All PLAN summer school courses count towards planning minor. However, students should be aware that the department offers only limited number of courses through the summer school.

Students wishing to count study abroad courses towards planning minor should request the DUS to preapprove the course at least one month before departing for the program using the request form. The department will review the syllabi to determine whether or not those credits apply. At most one such course (3 credits) can be counted towards the minor. Once the student has successfully completed the course, they should work with their advisors to ensure that the credits transfer towards the minor.

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