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.

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Mark your calendars for the annual Urban Studies & Planning EXPO, to be held on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the UCSD Price Center Ballroom. More details will be posted soon.

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