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Senior Sequence for Urban Studies and Planning Majors

The Senior Sequence Capstone (USP 186 & USP 187) is designed to take the USP Major course material and put it into practice through an individual Senior Research Project (SRP). This is an opportunity for USP students to pursue a topic of interest and build out their portfolio. The Senior Sequence culminates with a poster display at the Urban Expo in March.

All students must complete the senior sequence during their final year at UC San Diego. USP 186 is only offered in the fall, and USP 187 in the winter. These courses must be taken in order.

USP 186 is restricted to USP Seniors and has the following pre-requisite courses:

  • USP 124
  • Research Methods
  • Technical Elective

The sequence develops each students ability to:

  1. critically review published scholarly literature research 
  2. formulate interesting research questions of their own 
  3. design an original research project and investigative strategy 
  4. conduct research ethically
  5. analyze, interpret, and share research findings 

The final requirement of USP 186 is a research proposal. By the end of USP 187 each student must complete a Senior Research Project.

Internship Requirement

USP 186/187 require a 100-hour internship component.  Students are encouraged to start looking for and applying for internships the summer prior to USP 186.  

  • Internships must by secured by week 3 of fall quarter.
  • Students must start their internship by week 5 of fall quarter.
  • The USP department does not place students in internships; students are required to secure their own internship.  A variety of resources are available to help students in this process including the Academic Internship Program (AIP), USP's Industry Liaison Coordinator (internship/career advising), and the faculty instructor for USP 186/187.
  • Once students have secured an internship they need to inform USP via this Google form.
  • Students also must complete a learning agreement and track their internship hours with AIP.  Directions can be found online.
  • Because the senior sequence includes an internship, no other internship of field placement will be counted towards the major.
  • Additional links and information found below.

USP Senior Sequence Orientation 2021

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