The Department of Urban Studies & Planning offers a range of degree programs and courses that are at the forefront of WSU’s Urban Mission.  The undergraduate degree in Urban Studies places an emphasis on building a firm theoretical and practical understanding of cities and communities across the globe. The Master of Urban Planning degree was recently rated as one of the leading programs in the nation. It offers a challenging curriculum that showcases the many ways in which planners can help resolve the problems faced by cities and regions in the United States. Each of the concentrations in this degree program:  Housing and Community Development, Urban Economic Development and Managing Metropolitan Growth reflect the research expertise of faculty in the Department.

The curriculum offers all students access to a state-of-the-art Geographical Information Systems lab, provides opportunities to work with faculty on current research and encourages applied learning through internships offered by agencies throughout the Detroit metropolitan area.

Please use this website to explore the Department. You’ll find information about the faculty, the classes they offer, and the topics they research as well as information on Detroit. Our dedicated faculty and staff will be pleased to answer any questions you may have.

Kami Pothukuchi, Chair

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