In addition to the undergraduate major in Public Affairs, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs also offers undergraduate minor programs in Public Affairs, Gerontology, and Urban and Regional Studies.
Urban and Regional Studies
The scale, diversity, balkanized governance, and natural environment of Southern California all contribute to making it an extraordinary natural laboratory for learning about urban and regional issues, whether the focus is on immigration, employment, the built environment, transportation, poverty, natural resources or a host of other challenges. The Minor in Urban and Regional Studies offers undergraduates a means of addressing some of these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective, offering a balanced mixture of theory, practice, and service learning courses.
Required Core Course (4 units):
- Urban Planning 120 or 121 (with a grade of C or better)
Required Upper Division Courses (20 units):
- Five upper division Urban Planning/Luskin School courses, from the list below, are required. An outside (or non-Luskin) course is not required, but students can take up to two from the approved courses listed on the Approved Outside (non-Luskin) Courses list, in order to satisfy the upper division course requirement.
- URBN PL 120 (Introduction to Cities and Planning)
- URBN PL 121 (Urban Policy and Planning)
- URBN PL 141 (Planning with Minority Communities)
- URBN PL M150 (Transportation Geography)
- URBN PL M165 (Environmentalism: Past, Present, and Future)
- PUB AFF 10 (Social Problems and Social Change)
- PUB AFF 110 (Urban Revolution: Space and Society in a Global Context)
- PUB AFF 120 (Urban Poverty and Policy)
- PUB AFF M153 (Parking)
- PUB AFF M148 (US Housing Policy)
- PUB AFF 152 (Local Policy)
- PUB AFF 160 (Urban Sustainability)
- PUB AFF M142 (Latino Social Policy)
Electives may be added to this list as additional undergraduate courses are offered. Any URBN PL class from 100 – 199 is permitted
Required Capstone Course (4 units):
- URBN PL 185SL – Community-Based Research in Planning
- URBN PL 195 – Internship in Urban Planning
- URBN PL 199 – Directed Research in Urban Planning
Enroll in URBN PL 195 or 199 contract course via My.UCLA.edu. Contract courses require Urban Planning faculty advisor. For more information on contract courses, contact the Undergraduate Minor Advisor.
Approved Outside (non-Luskin) Courses
An outside (or non-Luskin) course is not required, but students can take up to two from the list below, in order to satisfy the upper division course requirement:
- African American Studies: M120 (same as Public Policy M120)
- Anthropology: 146 (formerly 167)
- Architecture & Urban Design: CM153
- Arts Education: M102
- Art History: C145A
- Civil and Environmental Engineering: 181
- Chicano Studies: M106, 120, M122, M127, M128, M130, 132, 191 (depends on topic)
- Economics: M134A, M134B, 137
- Environment: M153 = Architecture & Urban Design CM153
- Geography: M115, M128, 140, 150, 151, 156, 167
- Global Studies: 100B
- History: 145A
- Sociology: 158, 180B
Declaring the Minor and Policies
Requirements to Enter the Minor
- Overall grade-point average of 2.0
- Completion of 90 or more units
- Urban Planning 120 or 121 with a grade of C or better
- Recommended: An introductory course in geography, political science, or sociology
- No more than two courses from outside the Luskin School may be applied towards the minor (this includes courses from Study Abroad). Courses that are not included on the Approved Outside (non-Luskin) Courses list must be petitioned through the Undergraduate Minor Advisor.
- A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.
- Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.
- Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.
Students are encouraged to contact the Undergraduate Minor Advisor via MyUCLA Message Center for questions.