Who should consider majoring in Urban and Regional Planning?
Planning is the profession that is dedicated to helping society manage change. Planners help to evaluate and seize opportunities and to understand and solve problems. Most planners work at the local level, but they are concerned with issues that affect the world – the preservation and enhancement of the quality of life in a community, the protection of the environment, the promotion of equitable economic opportunity, and the management of growth and change of all kinds.
Planning has its roots in geography, engineering, law, architecture, landscape architecture, social welfare, and government reform, but most contemporary planners are trained in the social sciences so that they can understand the society and the economy in which planning functions and in which plans must be implemented
Our Urban and Regional Planning B.S. is the only undergraduate planning degree program in the SUNY system. The program emphasizes technical skills and it is applied in nature – many of the courses are taught by professional planners currently employed by local planning agencies. In particular, our GIS offerings provide students with highly marketable skills. Upper division classes are small (10-20 students), which facilitates individual attention.
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