If you want to make communities better places to live, then the Urban Affairs major is right for you! By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will be urban. Population growth expands the need for efficient and effective use of scarce resources, for thoughtful policies, plans and programs that deal with problems of safety, economic opportunity and poverty and that develop and sustain a healthy quality of life, and for educated leaders and administrators who have vision, communication skills and can organize and manage a skilled workforce. Become prepared for professional positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and private sector businesses.
Urban Affairs is an interdisciplinary program offering a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree. The program provides students with an appreciation of the urban environment as a complex system and teaches them to approach urban processes from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Bachelor of Science degree emphasizes quantitative data analysis using statistical methods and other analytic tools. In contrast, the Bachelor of Arts degree places emphasis on the qualitative aspects of public service management.
The program is designed to prepare some students for junior- or entry-level positions in both local government and selected community agencies, and it also provides a foundation for students preparing for graduate work. To be admitted as majors, students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average; interested students may apply for admission at any time. Majors are required to complete a common core of courses and may choose a general program of study or select a specialization in one of three areas: public management, nonprofit management, or urban planning.
Urban Affairs students are required to participate in the department’s internship program. The internship is designed to complement class work and give students experience in the professional work environment. Students interested in the internship should contact the department internship coordinator or their advisor. Students currently working in a related field may have the internship requirement waived.
Urban Affairs Honors Program
The Urban Affairs Honors Program provides an opportunity for students to achieve their highest possible level of intellectual attainment. Urban Affairs majors of superior academic ability are invited to apply. A student may enter either upon successful application or at the invitation of the Urban Affairs Honors Committee. To be eligible, the student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better in all course work completed at Wright State University. It is recommended that students apply to enter the program during their junior year and no later than the first quarter of their senior year.
For further information about the program and admission criteria and procedures, students should contact the School of Public and International Affairs, 325 Millett, (937) 775-2942.
Minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to enter the program.
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