The Metropolitan and Urban Policy concentration is appropriate for students who are interested in policy, planning, management, and service delivery issues at the urban, suburban, and rural levels within metropolitan regions. This concentration is intended to provide students with a foundation for careers within regional and city government, as well as within nonprofit organizations concerned with urban and regional problems and solutions.
Coursework in this area focuses on crosscutting concerns where both the impact of the problem and the solutions may vary across urban, suburban, and rural places within the region and involve multiple jurisdictions. An emphasis on equitable solutions to problems and problems of metropolitan governance are emphasized. Topics may include regional development, transportation, housing, growth management, residential segregation, education policy, workforce development, community development, economic development, immigration, poverty, intergovernmental relations, sustainable development, and urban environmental resource management.
Sample courses include:
- Land Use and Transportation Policy (PUBPOL 544)
- Inequality, Governance, and Policy in the Metropolitan Region (PUBPOL 560)
- Urban Economics and Public Policy (PUBPOL 561)
- Immigration Policy (PUBPOL 562)
- Housing and Social Policy (PUBPOL 564)
- Municipal Management (PUBPOL 565)
- GIS and Public Policy (PUBPOL 565)
- Community Economic Development (PUBPOL 566)
- Community Engagement in Urban Governance (PUBPOL 567)