Welcome to the Urban Studies and Planning Program at UC San Diego

  • The USP Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that provides students with a variety of approaches and tools to understand the development, character, and culture of cities and communities. USP draws from the social sciences, arts and humanities, physical and life sciences, management and information sciences.
  • The USP curriculum integrates a strong liberal arts education with opportunities for professional development in urban and regional planning, policy and design. Areas of concentration include Urban/Regional Policy and Planning; Urban Design/Built Environment; Health, Social Services and Education; Urban Diversity;  and Cities in Historical and Comparative Perspectives.
  • USP requires all majors to complete a capstone senior research project coupled with a poster and video for science communication. All majors must also complete an internship requirement; this gives students unique opportunities to do civically engaged research and learning in the San Diego-Tijuana border region.
  • The USP Program is widely acknowledged to be one of the best programs of its type in the USA. Upon graduation, many students seeking advanced degrees get accepted into the nation's best universities. Alumni hold very distinguished positions in planning, architecture, government, business, education, real estate, law and the nonprofit sector. An external Steering Committee, comprised of alumni and community leaders, provides skillful guidance on program development.

Summer 2018 Teaching Opportunities

The Urban Studies and Planning Program is seeking proposals for courses to be taught in Summer 2018. Courses proposed should come from the approved list of Urban Studies & Planning courses from the UCSD Course Catalog. There will be two five-week summer sessions: July 2 - August 4, 2018 and August 6 - September 8, 2018. The deadline to submit course proposals is Friday, November 3, 2017, and should be submitted here. Applicants with successful course proposals will be contacted in early December as to next steps in application process.


Open Recruitment for Lecturers

The Urban Studies and Planning Program is seeking to make appointments at the Lecturer Academic Year (Unit 18-Non-Senate Faculty) level for the 2017-2018 year. The application #JPF01369 may be found at : https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01370. Prospective applicants should refer to the list of proposed courses herewhen submitting an application. Applications will be considered after the following deadlines: March 20, 2017 for Fall, Winter, and/or Spring quarters; September 25, 2017 for Winter and/or Spring quarters, and January 22, 2018 for Spring quarter only.


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