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About the Program

Message from the Chair

DuluthWelcome to the Urban and Regional Studies Program at UMD! Since 1975 the Urban and Regional Studies program at the University of Minnesota Duluth has graduated roughly 250 students. These students work in nearly all the local urban and regional planning agencies in the Twin Ports area, and many students work in a similar capacity in the wider Minnesota/Wisconsin area. As the earth becomes increasing urban, all of the important problems facing society have become urban problems. Therefore vexing societal problems such global warming, rising economic inequality, sustainability, economic development and intercultural conflict are all urban problems.

The Urban and Regional Studies Program is an interdisciplinary major at UMD and is committed to providing students with real-world experiences. We recognize that no one discipline has the “key” to understanding urban problems. Instead, we draw insights and inspiration from a variety of different disciplines such as political science, geography, environmental studies, economics and history. In addition, the program has an internship requirement where students engage first-hand in the process of urban change and development. Two different boards oversee the program: the Urban and Regional Studies Board and the Urban and Regional Studies Advisory board. The Urban Studies board consists of professors from a variety of different academic disciplines most of whom teach classes in the program, and you can learn more about them by clicking on the link to “faculty” on the left. The Urban and Regional Studies Advisory Board consists of representatives from local non-profit agencies, local planners, and other faculty doing urban related work who together help to guide the programs’ goals and objectives. You can learn more about the advisory board by clicking the link to the “advisory board” on the left.

The Urban and regional Studies Program consists of three components: an interdisciplinary lower division core of classes which provide students with a background set of know ledges about how different academic disciplines understand urban issues; an upper division core set of courses which directly addresses urban issues; and a concentration track. The four different tracks are: Urban Society and Culture; Public Policy and Administration; Spatial Analysis and Planning.; and Cities in a Global Society. To read more about each of these tracks, click on “Courses” link to the left.

To learn more about the Urban and Regional Studies Department please visit our office in 329 Cina, or e-mail me at


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