Urban and Regional Studies B.A. Program Outcomes
1. The ability to recognize the importance of using interdisciplinary methods in order to understand present urban and regional conditions. Students should be able to analyze urban and regional problems from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives and synthesize these different viewpoints into a coherent analysis.
2. The ability to appreciate the global nature of contemporary urban and regional affairs and understand the impacts of globalization on urbanization and regional development.
3. The ability to design and implement research projects in order to better understand urban and regional phenomena. Students should understand the relationship between identifying research questions, implementing research design protocols, and creating knowledge about urban and regional communities.
4. The ability to holistically evaluate the different systems that impinge on urban life. Students should be able to analyze how interlinked components (such as historical, environmental, transportation, economic, political etc.) interact in urban and urban-related spaces.
5. The ability to understand urban and regional issues within the rubric of environmental, social, economic, and political sustainability. Students should appreciate that the goal of urban and regional planning and analysis is the creation of long-term solutions to urban and regional problems that incorporate all key components of urban and regional systems.
6. Students should have the cultural competence to maneuver respectfully amid the different cultural, socioeconomic, ethnic, and other communities of today’s diverse cities and regions.
7. The ability to implement and put into action solutions to urban and regional problems. Students should understand the importance of civic engagement and the relationship between urban and regional problems and their solutions.