Community Planning (sometime referred to as "urban" or "city" planning) is the profession that concerns itself with the design and functioning of communities, including cities and their suburbs, small towns and rural villages.
The Community Planning program (formerly Land Use Planning) at UW-River Falls provides a major and minor that will prepare you for employment in city or county government, private consulting, nonprofit advocacy, natural resources management, and real estate development. It is also excellent preparation for studying planning at the graduate level. While we offer a broad, comprehensive curriculum, we are particularly strong in the areas of environmental and sustainability planning.
Given our reasonable proximity to the Twin Cities and our focus on experiential learning, we are able to utilize place-based learning to help students understand firsthand the challenges faced at the rural-urban fringe of a growing metropolitan region.
The major includes 41-43 credits (depending on whether you do a 2 or 4 credit internship) of Community Planning core courses and 15 credits of supporting courses for a total of 56-58 credits. The minor consists of 7 courses for 23 total credits.
Students major in Community Planning for a variety of reasons. Usually they have an interest in:
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