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Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 
Undergraduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Affairs and Planning

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About the Department

Hunter College Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) is a department within the School of Arts & Sciences at Hunter College. The department is home to the undergraduate Urban Studies major which prepares students for higher education and careers in public service. UAP offers two graduate degrees, an accredited Master in Urban Planning and a Master of Sciences in Urban Affairs.

Since its creation by advocacy planner Paul Davidoff in 1965, the department has consistently upheld a vision of urban affairs and planning as a multi-disciplinary field. In keeping with this vision, the department’s faculty members represent a wide range of disciplines including architecture, economics, political science, public policy, social work, urban planning, and public health. They collectively bring a wealth of academic and professional expertise to their teaching. The program also benefits greatly from a distinguished part-time faculty who bring practical experience and knowledge in both public and non-profit sectors into the classroom.

Urban Studies Major

Because 75 percent of the nation’s population is classified as urban, cities are important and relevant subjects  for study and investigation. Urban studies courses do just that as they examine the forces that shape the institutions and quality of life in American metropolitan regions. Building on an understanding of economic, social, spatial, and political trends, urban studies provides a means to address current urban policy/planning issues and the diverse needs of the people who live in cities. The urban studies curriculum includes courses that develop qualitative and quantitative methods. Included into the curriculum are field-work experiences, an internship and studio class, which take students into the real world to test what is learned in the classroom.  Because New York City is a vast urban laboratory, it is a powerful learning tool useful in the development of studio classes and the teaching of urban studies in general.  

Preparation for Graduate Training and Employment

A substantial number of majors in urban studies pursue professional graduate study in urban planning, law, social work, public administration, architecture, and related fields. Students should discuss their professional goals with the adviser in their junior year in order to plan their programs accordingly. Others who graduate with an urban studies bachelor’s degree have found jobs with non-profits, government, and the private sector.

Public Service Scholars

The Public Service Scholar Program seeks to improve our cities and the lives of people by preparing talented students particularly women, minorities and immigrants for public service careers through internships with elected officials, government, and nonprofit organizations. The program runs for a full academic year and combines internship placements in the offices of senior officials and administrators with intensive seminars on public policy issues, social change, government and nonprofit organizations. The program is open to any Hunter College student, regardless of major, who has a minimum 3.0 GPA and who is within 45 credits of graduation at the beginning of the program in the fall semester. Admission of up to 24 students is competitive. Applications are accepted starting in November with a deadline of March 15th. Students accepted as Public Service Scholars receive 12 academic credits and a $6,000 stipend. Because women, minorities and immigrants have been traditionally underrepresented in public policy making and leadership positions, special efforts are taken to encourage them to apply for the program. Interested students should contact the Public Service Scholar Program, Room 1643 Hunter West, (212) 772-5599 or email ewalsh@hunter.cuny.edu.

Programs and Courses in Urban Affairs and Planning

 Programs and Courses in Urban Affairs and Planning 

Administration and Faculty

Department Office:

1611 Hunter West
(212) 772-5518
Web site: http://maxweber.hunter.cuny.edu/urban/



Joseph Viteritti
1606 Hunter West
(212) 772-5597
E-mail: joseph.viteritti@hunter.cuny.edu


Urban Affairs and Planning Faculty 

HEGIS Code: 2214


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