This emphasis has a solid core of classes designed to give the student valuable understanding concerning the nature and importance of land use and resource planning. The focus is not only on conceptual knowledge, but on professional skills, including verbal and written communication, GIS and statistical analysis, creative and critical thinking, and working in teams with a variety of stakeholders. The final result is a graduate who will work successfully with people to help fashion their communities with the skill of a professional land use planner. Graduates of this program have also pursued advanced degrees in geography, public administration, and real estate law.
This emphasis is ideal for students who: love cities and/or public lands, want to be involved in government without going into politics, have a talent for resolving conflict, are dismayed by the effects of bad policy on the urban and natural landscape, and want to make a difference in the world.