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Urban and Public Policy

The Urban and Public Policy undergraduate major (14 courses) examines issues such as planning, transportation, housing, land use, urban redevelopment, income distribution, etc from several disciplinary bases.

Courses in this program include the prerequisites of SOC 101 “Introduction to Sociology” and PSC 101 “Introduction to American Politics”, courses on social problems, economics and economic geography, as well as a core of urban policy, public policy and public administration courses, statistics and research methods. Advanced courses on public policy from the departments of Geography, Planning and Design, Sociology, and Political Science are also part of this curriculum.

This major is for those interested in urban life and problems, social problems, urban planning, and public administration.

Double majors and minors with other departments are encouraged.

Program Requirements

Course Requirements for the Urban and Public Policy major can be found here.

Careers and Further Education in Urban and Public Policy

Our majors have gone on to pursue careers as corps members, production operators and survey technicians.  Graduates from this program have pursued graduate studies in Urban Planning and Law.

Student Spotlight

  • Ashley Machovec

    Originally from Binghamton, NY, I came to University at Buffalo as a transfer student from my local community college. After switching my major a few times, I chose to be an early childhood education concentration with a teaching and speech pathology minor. Taking a wrong turn on main street in Buffalo, I ended up at […]

  • Clarissa Cardarelli

    I’m from Orchard Park, NY and I am studying French, Linguistics, and International Studies with a regional focus in Africa. I chose International Studies as my major since I have always loved learning foreign languages and about foreign cultures. I plan to use what I have learned about foreign relations, economics, and politics to pursue […]

  • Shontay Barnes

    Originally from Buffalo New York, I am pursuing a double major in Health and Human Services/Community Mental Health and Psychology. I chose this major because I learned about the excellent opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.  I was very pleased to see that there was an internship component of the major.  My participation […]

  • Cherrelle Collins

    For me this major encompassed everything I am. After pursuing nursing, and realizing that clinical work was not “for me”, I started to hone in on my leadership skills, ability to direct, inspire and HELP. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to become instrumental in helping someone else find their “calling” […]

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