USC Price School of Public Policy

Minor in Urban Policy and Planning

The 28-unit minor in Urban Policy and Planning focuses on the application of public policy, urban planning and public management to the analysis and solution of urban problems. It draws upon the interdisciplinary faculty and programs of the Price School of Public Policy and includes foundational courses that introduce students to the nature of urban phenomena and the analysis and solution of urban problems. The minor also introduces students to the professional and academic fields of either urban planning and development or public policy and public management. Additionally, based on their specific interests, students have the opportunity to explore in greater depth three areas and approaches of urban problem-solving. This minor is appropriate for students interested in expanding their understanding of the fields of urban planning and public policy and management as potential professional careers as well as increasing their comprehension of the analysis and solution of urban problems.

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» Elective Courses
» Examples of Three-course Clusters
» Contact Information
» Application

Required Courses

To fulfill their required eight units of foundation coursework, students take Urban Context for Policy and Planning (PPD 245) and select from either Public Policy and Management (PPD 225) or Urban Planning and Development (PPD 227).

Foundational Courses

Public Policy and Management (PPD 225)
Institutions, legal context, and processes of public policy and management. Contemporary theories of public policy formulation, implementation and evaluation. Public managerial challenges and reforms.

The Urban Context for Policy and Planning (PPD 245)
The urban context for planning and policy decisions. Socioeconomic, physical, and spatial structure of cities; and the underlying demographic, economic, and social processes that drive their ongoing transformation.

Statistics for Policy, Planning, and Development (PPD 303)
Statistical applications applied to the real world; techniques including probability, sampling; hypothesis formation and testing; correlation, and linear regression.

Organizations in the Urban Context

Public Policy and Law (PPD 314)
Institutional foundations and analysis of public policy issues; policy formulation and implementation; application of theories; case analyses.
Prerequisite: ECON 203, PPD 225, PPD 303.

Elective Courses

Students select two courses from this list. They are encouraged through advisement to consider course clusters that reflect special interests.

  • Analytical Foundations for Public Policy (PPD 31)5*
  • Crime and Public Policy (PPD 342)
  • Urban Transportation Planning and Policy (PPD 360)
  • Real Estate Fundamentals for Planning and Development (PPD 362)
  • The Nonprofit Sector and the Public Interest (PPD 371)
  • Public Service in an Urban Setting (PPD 372)
  • Designing Livable Communities (PPD 425)
  • Housing and Community Development (PPD 439)
  • Sustainability Planning (PPD 461)

* Prerequisite required

Contact Information

Sarah Esquivel, Coordinator of Recruitment and Admission
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 111
Los Angeles, California 90089-0626
(213) 740-0399
sesquive@usc.edu