Jan 21, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Policy and Planning

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About the Department

Hunter College Urban Policy 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 graduate study and careers in public service. UAP offers two graduate degrees, an accredited Master in Urban Planning and a Master of Science in Urban Policy and Leadership.

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

The Urban Studies major provides a strong background in the study of urban issues, institutions, and policies that form the foundation for advanced study of the urban landscape. The program is designed to give students a fuller understanding of contemporary cities from a variety of perspectives:  social, physical, political, and economics.

If you are fascinated with city life or have wondered why America is car dependent, New York housing is expensive, the number 6 train is always late and crowded, or how you can make your neighborhood better, then urban studies is the right choice as a major. Urban studies takes students on an amazing path of discovery of urban life, providing answers about how cities function economically, socially, and politically. Going beyond the walls of Hunter, the curriculum also provides field-work experiences: an internship and studio class, which take students into neighborhoods to test what is learned in the classroom.  

Preparation for Graduate Training and Employment

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in urban studies have found work at real estate development firms, community non-profits, local government or social service agencies. Many urban studies majors go to graduate school, most often in urban planning. Others have pursued advanced degrees in law, social work, and public administration. The range of graduate school choice reflects the flexibility of the urban studies curriculum and its focus on a myriad of issues from a variety of perspectives. Urban studies graduates have completed Master’s degrees at Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Rutgers, and other prestigious universities across the country.

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 Policy and Planning  

Administration and Faculty

Department Office:

1611 Hunter West
(212) 772-5518



Professor Joseph P. Viteritti
1606 Hunter West
(212) 772-5597


Urban Policy and Planning Faculty  

HEGIS Code: 2214

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