About Urban Studies & Planning

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UC San Diego’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning is a new department committed to civic education within and beyond the university walls. 

We train students to plan, design and develop diverse, healthy, sustainable and prosperous communities.

The growth of cities in our century will create unprecedented challenges to our ways of providing everyone with food, water, housing, transportation, and work, but it will also create the opportunity to meet these challenges by innovating the ways that we plan, build, and live together.

Come to us for theoretical instruction and hands-on courses in topics such as land use planning, real estate and community development, urban design, and transportation, taught by leading practitioners and award-winning educators and researchers.