Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
Credit Hours:

Add to your education by learning more about designing public spaces and parks, building transportation that works and making the practical beautiful.
Urban planning plays a vital role in designing and creating our communities in Texas, across the nation and around the world. This minor will teach you principles related to demographic data, functioning of government, community mapping, land-use codes and zoning regulations, building designs and sustainability practices.

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Why Earn an Urban Policy and Planning Minor?

Urban Policy and Planning courses will equip you with these core competencies:

  • Building design
  • Community mapping
  • Demographic data
  • Economic development
  • Environmental issues and sustainability practices
  • GIS (geographic information systems)
  • Government function
  • History of cities
  • Land-use and zoning regulations
  • Transportation planning

Urban Policy and Planning Minor Highlights

Our faculty have published extensively in scholarly journals and presented research at national conferences. Our department's full-time faculty consists of 12 nationally recognized experts in their fields.
Our program offers face-to-face, online and blended course formats to support the busy college student.
Courses address topics in urban development, the history of cities and the impact on urban space on communities.
Students also will learn principles related to demographic data, governmental functionality, community mapping, land-use codes, zoning regulations, building designs and sustainability practices.
Our program is structured to accommodate students with a seamless transfer to UNT, whether you are coming from a community college or are an incoming freshman.

Urban Policy and Planning Minor Courses You Could Take

Community Development and Collaborative Planning (3 hrs)
Analyzes systems that measure community assets and resources. Explores the means of identifying and approaching potential collaborative community partners, and focuses on the development of joint proposals and/or business plans. Provides an overview of the role of volunteer managers and agency leadership of community organizations that provide resources in the development of a collaborative, capacity building community.
Public Policy Analysis (3 hours)
Policy making, impact of public policy and factors that place specific problems on the public agenda.
Public Management (3 hrs)
Introduction to organization and management theories and practices as they concern federal, state and local governments.
Population Demographics and Urban Planning (3 hrs)
Examination of population trends and changes and the impact of growth on urban form and planning processes.
Land Use and Transportation Planning (3 hrs)
Visualization of physical space at the neighborhood and community levels through spatial analysis helps planners to establish and understand vibrant and sustainable communities.
Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning (3 hrs)
Physical and technological, as well as economic, social, and political infrastructure, play an important role in planning for healthy environments. Introduction to planning theory and history as they inform urban development.

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