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

  • The USP Program is an undergraduate community of students with diverse interests and goals. The program 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 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 including UCLA, UC Berkeley, MIT, Cornell, Columbia, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Alumni hold very distinguished positions in planning, architecture, real estate and development, government, business, education, public health, law and the nonprofit sector. 
  • The USP Program offers two major and two minor degrees. Students may select the B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning (USP) or the B.S. in Real Estate and Development (RED). Minor degrees are also available in USP and RED. For more information about the two majors, click on the respective image links below:
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Open Recruitment for Lecturers

The Urban Studies and Planning Program (http://usp.ucsd.edu) within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego, is seeking to make appointments at the Lecturer Academic Year (Unit 18-Non-Senate Faculty) level for both the Urban Studies and Planning major as well as our new Real Estate and Development major. The application #JPF01684 may be found at: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01684. Prospective applicants should refer to the list of proposed courses here when submitting an application. Applicants can find guidlines for writing the Contribution to Diversity Statements through the Center for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. Applications will be considered after the following deadlines: 

  • March 19 for Fall, Winter and/or Spring quarters; 
  • September 24 for Winter and/or Spring quarters and 
  • January 21 for Spring quarter only.

Please note, current Lecturers are required to re-apply annually.

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