USC Price School of Public Policy

Undergraduate Programs


The Price School’s undergraduate programs blend a liberal arts foundation with the cultivation of professional competence. Price now offers two bachelor’s degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development and the Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development.


Bachelor of Science
in Policy, Planning, and Development

Bachelor of Science
in Real Estate Development

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The Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning, and Development is an interdisciplinary major that prepares students for a professional career and/or graduate study by engaging them in the analysis and exploration of the problems and issues communities face in the 21st century. Students gain exposure to society’s critical political, social, and economic issues in areas such as planning, health care, and the environment, with a focus on developing solutions that lead to improvements in urban life. Unique features include:

  • Four distinct tracks—health, public policy, non-profits, and sustainable planning—that allow students to develop track specific knowledge and skills;
  • Capstone and internship experiences that bring your studies together and help launch your career or prepare you for graduate school;
  • Opportunities to engage in research in your area of interest with world-renown faculty;
  • Career exploration support, from multiple Price entities including our Career Services Office; Undergraduate Student Groups; and the Rawjee Family Undergraduate Student Conversations at USC Price.

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Successful real estate professionals must be able to grasp the many disciplines that shape real estate. Across real estate functions – like development, finance, and investment – and spanning product types – including office, industrial, residential, or retail properties, good underwriting necessitates a diverse skill set. The Price Undergraduate Degree in Real Estate Development incorporates finance and capital markets, regional and city planning, architectural design, and public policy.

Price School students will be trained to look at the interaction between people and place, at the links between real estate decision makers, and at the impact real estate has on our cities and communities. The Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Development delivers rigorous underwriting of real estate development and investment, provides an understanding of the real estate industry, and prepares Price graduates for a role in changing an urbanizing world.

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