Planning is a systematic, creative way to influence the future of neighborhoods, cities, rural and metropolitan areas, even the country and the world. Urban planning is a profession with the primary purpose of creating great places. Planners value, preserve and create spaces that are important to who we are as individuals and as a community.
How Urban and Regional Planners use their professional skills to serve communities facing social, economic, environmental, and cultural challenges by helping community residents to identify policies to promote equity and equality; structure programs to improve services to disadvantaged communities; determine methods to deal effectively with growth and development; find methods to protect the natural and built environment and develop ways to preserve and enhance the quality of life.
This professional and practical program provides students with the knowledge and skills to thrive as planning professionals. Students typically take a required core of 10 courses supplemented by electives selected in consultation with a program adviser for a total of 36 credits. Students ascribe the following benefits to being enrolled in EMU’s Urban Planning program: Small Class Sizes; Approachable, accessible, and engaged faculty; Community Feeling among students and faculty; Opportunity to shape communities and make a difference.
Career opportunities include Coastal Management, Criminal Justice, Elementary, secondary and collegiate education, Geographic Information Systems, Historic Preservation, Human Services, Labor Force Development, Law, Mediation & Negotiation, Public & Community Health, Public Finance, Public Policy & Management, Urban Design.