City + Regional Planning

Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative

The Undergraduate Student Learning Initiative (USLI) is a campuswide initiative to support departments in establishing educational goals and evaluation procedures for all undergraduate programs. As a result of the initiative, faculty and students have a shared understanding of the purpose of the major and what graduating seniors are expected to know or to be able to do at the end of their course of study. The initiative is in keeping with the fundamental principle at Berkeley that the evaluation of student achievement should be locally defined, discipline specific, and faculty-driven.

Department of City and Regional Planning Statement of Goals — Urban Studies Program

Program Goals

The urban studies major seeks to introduce students to the following bodies of knowledge:

  • Historical and contemporary analysis of American and global urbanization, urbanism, urban societies, and urban political economies.
  • Conceptual tools, analytical methods, and theoretical frameworks to understand urban environments, such as economic analysis, social science theory, and visualization technologies.
  • Forms, functions, and practices of urban planning and design, metropolitan governance, and social movements and social justice, including issues such as transportation planning, community development, and housing.
  • Ways to providing more humane, equitable, environmentally sensitive, and efficient settlements and to lead change for better urban futures.

The urban studies major trains undergraduates for a variety of future careers and fields of graduate study that are related to urban studies and planning. These include practice-oriented fields such as urban planning, law, non-profit management, and public policy as well as research-oriented fields such as geography, sociology, and anthropology. Above all, the intent of the major is to produce urban citizens and global leaders. In the words of one current student, his "goal is to learn how to make the world a better place."

The urban studies major trains undergraduates for a variety of future careers and fields of graduate study that are related to urban studies and planning. These include practice-oriented fields such as urban planning, law, non-profit management, and public policy as well as research-oriented fields such as geography, sociology, and anthropology. Above all, the intent of the major is to produce urban citizens and global leaders. In the words of one current student, the urban studies student's "goal is to learn how to make the world a better place."

Curriculum Map

Learning Goal Required Course(s) Urban Studies Core
Global Urbanization, Urbanism, Urban Political Economies ENV DES 100, CY PLAN 110 CY PLAN 115, CY PLAN 118AC, CY PLAN 112A
Analytical Methods, Theoretical Frameworks ENV DES 100, CY PLAN 110 CY PLAN 113A, CY PLAN 119, CY PLAN 140, CY PLAN 190 (GIS)
Practices of Urban Planning CY PLAN 110 CY PLAN 111, CY PLAN 113B, CY PLAN 114, CY PLAN 118AC, CY PLAN 119, CY PLAN 140, CY PLAN 190
Better Urban Futures ENV DES 100, CY PLAN 110 CY PLAN 113B, CY PLAN 119