*Curriculum information here effective Fall 2020. For those admitted prior, please click here.
Includes 2-units of internship and 4-units of capstone
20 units of required track courses, 8 units of track electives
Select one of the following tracks:
Cross-cutting topics courses (required)
Students will be required to take 4 units of a cross-cutting topics course. It is taken preferably junior year after completion of the core curriculum. Students may select a course from the list below. If a student uses a course to satisfy a requirement or elective that has already been taken in the track requirements, it cannot be double-counted as the cross-cutting course. The cross-cutting course must be a different course.
Students must have 90 units to pursue the capstone options.
1. PPD 431 Undergraduate Policy, Planning and Development Studio (4-units) — Studio class, four-units, designed to be project based, experiential or service learning, and integrative across multiple tracks.
2. PPD 497ab Senior Thesis (2-units each) — Students engage in a track-spanning research project, with a professional or academic paper as the final deliverable. Students wishing to enroll in PPD 497a and PPD 497b must have a 3.7 GPA in PPD courses and an overall 3.5 GPA.
Students beginning college starting in Fall 2015 or later (32 – 40 units)
Students beginning college before Fall 2015 (28 units)
Urban Studies and Planning majors are required to complete 140 hours of internship by enrolling in PPD 301 or the Washington, D.C., Semester internship. Internships are matched as closely as possible to the student’s interests and skills.
PPD 301 and the internship in a position provide numerous opportunities to develop and formulate future career goals, as well as to gain personal and professional experience while completing the undergraduate degree.