Urban Studies and Planning

Office: 3198 Faculty Administration Building; 313-577-2701

Chairperson: Rayman Mohamed

The planning profession offers a systematic, creative way to influence the future of neighborhoods, cities, rural and metropolitan areas, even the country and the world. Urban and regional planners use their professional skills to serve communities facing social, economic, environmental and cultural challenges by helping residents to:

  • Develop ways to preserve and enhance their quality of life
  • Find methods to protect the natural and built environment
  • Identify policies to promote equity and equality
  • Structure programs to improve services to disadvantaged communities, and
  • Determine methods to deal effectively with growth and development of all kinds.

The majority of planners work in traditional planning areas such as community development, land use, housing, transportation planning, environmental/natural resource planning, economic development, urban design, historic preservation and community activism. Other planners work in emerging fields such as healthy communities, food systems, energy development, or place-making.

The program seeks to prepare individuals to work with local and state public agencies, nonprofit organizations and for consultants and others in the private sector.

Accreditation: The Master of Urban Planning program is accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.