Urban Studies

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts

The study of cities is a vital part of a liberal arts curriculum. During this moment of global change, such forms of knowledge are of critical importance. The world is more urban than in any other era in human history, and with this rapid urbanization has come the crucial role of cities as sites of economic development, crucibles of civic citizenship, and spaces of cultural imagination.

The Urban Studies major is housed in the Department of City and Regional Planning (DCRP) of the College of Environmental Design. The major seeks to introduce students to the following bodies of knowledge:

  1. Historical and contemporary analysis of American and global urbanization, urbanism, urban societies, and urban political economies.
  2. Conceptual tools, analytical methods, and theoretical frameworks to understand urban environments such as economic analysis, social science theory, and visualization technologies.
  3. Forms, functions, and practices of urban planning and design, metropolitan governance, social movements, and social justice, including issues such as transportation planning, community development, and housing.
  4. Ways of providing more humane, equitable, environmentally sensitive, and efficient settlements as well as ways to lead change for better urban futures.

The major trains undergraduates for a variety of future careers and fields of graduate study that are related to urban studies and planning. These include practice-oriented fields such as urban planning, law, non-profit management, and public policy as well as research-oriented fields such as geography, sociology, and anthropology. Above all, the intent of the major is to produce urban citizens and global leaders.

Admission to the Major

Students must declare one of the CED majors at the time of application to the college; however, current UC Berkeley students may apply to change into CED. Transfer applicants must complete two years worth of lower division coursework to be considered for admission to CED. For information regarding admission to the major for freshman, transfer students, and current students who wish to change majors or colleges, please see the College of Environmental Design (CED) page in this Guide, or the CED website.

Minors offered by the Department of City and Regional Planning

City Planning
Geospatial Information Science and Technology (offered in conjunction with the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources)

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Major Requirements

In addition to the University, campus, and college requirements, listed on the College Requirements tab, students must fulfill the below requirements specific to their major program.

General Guidelines

  1. All lower division courses taken in fulfillment of major requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  2. Courses taken to fulfill lower division major requirements may also be used to fulfill seven-course breadth.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.
  4. A minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for all courses taken at UC Berkeley is required for graduation.
  5. Courses used to fulfill upper division requirements may not simultaneously fulfill the breadth requirements.
  6. Up to two upper division courses taken at another institution, including an approved study abroad program, may be applied to the below major requirements. Please see the CED website for further information.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Summary of Major Requirements

Lower Division Requirements: Five Courses
Upper Division Urban Studies Core: Six Courses
Upper Division Interdisciplinary Urban Studies Requirements: Three Courses
Upper Division Capstone Experience: Two Courses (required for students admitted Fall 2013 and later)

Lower Division Major Requirements: Freshman and Sophomore Year

ECON 1Introduction to Economics4
or ECON 2 Introduction to Economics--Lecture Format
or ECON C3 Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy
MATH 16AAnalytic Geometry and Calculus3-4
or MATH 1A Calculus
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Statistics
Foundations of Data Science
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introductory Probability and Statistics for Business
Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Life Scientists
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Visual Representation and Drawing (Formerly ENV DES 11A)
Introduction to Design (Formerly ENV DES 11B)
Design and Activism (ENV DES 4A or 4B or 4C may be used to satisfy one of the two lower division major electives if all three courses in the series are completed.)
Global Cities (ENV DES 4A or 4B or 4C may be used to satisfy one of the two lower division major electives if all three courses in the series are completed.)
Future Ecologies: Urban Design, Climate Adaptation, and Thermodynamics (ENV DES 4A or 4B or 4C may be used to satisfy one of the two lower division major electives if all three courses in the series are completed.)
Drawing a Green Future: Fundamentals of Visual Representation and Creativity
Environmental Science for Sustainable Development

Upper Division Urban Studies Core (Courses Inside CED)

ENV DES 100The City: Theories and Methods in Urban Studies4
CY PLAN 110Introduction to City Planning4
Select four additional courses from the following: 2
Introduction to Housing: An International Survey
Economic Analysis for Planning
Community and Economic Development
Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation
Urbanization in Developing Countries
Urban Planning Process--The Undergraduate Planning Studio
The Urban Community
Planning for Sustainability
Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability
Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries
Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making
Research Seminar in Urban Studies
Advanced Topics in Urban Studies
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Courses taken to fulfill the upper division capstone experience requirement may not also be used to fulfill this Urban Studies core requirement.

2

Graduate-level CY PLAN courses may be approved to satisfy the core requirement. Please see your major adviser for further information.

Upper Division Interdisciplinary Urban Studies (Courses Outside CED)

Students admitted to Berkeley FL16 and later must select two urban studies-related courses outside CED from the following list of courses. One of the two courses must have international content, marked with an asterisk (*). Students can also petition to have other urban studies-related courses count for this requirement. Students admitted to UCB prior to FL16 must select three courses from this list; at least one of the three must have international content.

AFRICAM 107Race and Public Policy3
AMERSTD 102Examining U.S. Cultures in Place4
ANTHRO 139Controlling Processes *4
ANTHRO C146Course Not Available5
ANTHRO 148Anthropology of the Environment4
ANTHRO 157Anthropology of Law4
ASAMST 150Gender and Generation in Asian American Families4
CIV ENG 156Infrastructure Planning and Management3
CIV ENG 167Engineering Project Management3
DEMOG/SOCIOL C126Sex, Death, and Data4
DEMOG 145AC/HISTORY C139BThe American Immigrant Experience4
DEV STD C100History of Development and Underdevelopment *4
ECON 115The World Economy in the Twentieth Century *4
or HISTORY 160 The International Economy of the 20th Century
ECON/ENVECON C102Natural Resource Economics4
ECON 121Industrial Organization and Public Policy4
ECON C125/ENVECON C101Environmental Economics4
ECON 131Public Economics4
ECON C171/ENVECON C151Economic Development4
ECON 174Global Poverty and Impact Evaluation4
EDUC 186AC/ETH STD 159AC/GEOG 159ACThe Southern Border *4
ENE,RES C100/PUB POL C184Energy and Society4
ENE,RES 101Ecology and Society3
ENE,RES 170Course Not Available3
ESPM 102DClimate and Energy Policy4
ESPM 155Course Not Available4
ESPM 160AC/HISTORY 120ACAmerican Environmental and Cultural History4
ESPM 161Environmental Philosophy and Ethics4
ESPM 163AC/SOCIOL 137ACEnvironmental Justice: Race, Class, Equity, and the Environment4
ESPM 165International Rural Development Policy *4
ESPM 168Political Ecology4
ESPM 169International Environmental Politics *4
GEOG 123Postcolonial Geographies4
GEOG 125The American City4
GEOG 130Food and the Environment *4
GEOG C152/HISTORY C176/ISF C145Course Not Available *4
GEOG 164The Geography of Economic Development in China *4
GEOG 170Special Topics in Geography (only “Post-Socialist Spaces” topic has been approved)3
GEOG 181Urban Field Study4
GEOG/LD ARCH C188Geographic Information Systems (only if completed prior to Fall 2012)4
HISTORY 134AThe Age of the City: The Age of the City, 1825-1933 *4
HISTORY 160The International Economy of the 20th Century *4
or ECON 115 The World Economy in the Twentieth Century
L & S C180U/PUB POL 103Wealth and Poverty4
LEGALST 138The Supreme Court and Public Policy4
LEGALST 158Law and Development4
LEGALST 182Law, Politics and Society4
NUSCTX 166Nutrition in the Community3
PACS 127Human Rights and Global Politics *4
PACS 149Global Change and World Order *3
POL SCI 114ATheories of Governance: Late 20th Century4
POL SCI 139DUrban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries4
POL SCI 181Public Organization and Administration4
POLECON 100Classical Theories of Political Economy *4
POLECON 101Contemporary Theories of Political Economy *4
PB HLTH 150BIntroduction to Environmental Health Sciences3
PUB POL 156Program and Policy Design4
SOCIOL 110Organizations and Social Institutions4
SOCIOL 124Sociology of Poverty4
SOCIOL 127Development and Globalization *4
SOCIOL 130Social Inequalities4
SOCIOL 130ACSocial Inequalities: American Cultures4
SOCIOL 136Urban Sociology4
SOCIOL 145Social Change4
SOCIOL 180IComparative Perspectives on U.S. and European Societies: Inequality *4
SOCIOL 186American Society4
UGBA 105Leading People3
UGBA 180Introduction to Real Estate and Urban Land Economics3
UGBA 184Urban and Real Estate Economics3
UGBA 192PSustainable Business Consulting Projects3
UGBA 195SEntrepreneurship To Address Global Poverty *3

Upper Division Capstone Experience (Required for Students Admitted Fall 2013 and Later)

During the junior and/or senior year, students admitted to UC Berkeley in fall 2013 and later are required to complete two of the following four capstone experiences (note that students admitted FL16 and later are required to complete one of the following four capstone experiences). Courses taken to fulfill the capstone experience requirement may be used for the capstone only and may not also be used to fulfill the upper division urban studies core requirement above or the requirement to complete three "Upper Division College of Environmental Design Courses Outside of City Planning."

  1. Thesis: This option requires ENV DES 195B (Thesis Research and Writing). Whether a thesis is written or a project is produced, this option should be pursued with a faculty adviser.
  2. Planning Studio: CY PLAN 116, an advanced synthetic educational experience.
  3. Research Seminar: CY PLAN 180 (or CY PLAN 190 US-Mexican Borderlands with Professor Michael Dear if taken SP14 or prior).
  4. Field experience/internship with a written planning report: CY PLAN 197. Each student must find their own urban studies-related internship and tenure-track faculty adviser, who will be the faculty of record for a CY PLAN 197 field studies course. CY PLAN 197 must be taken for 3 units and requires a final written report (analyzing the fieldwork and internship experience) submitted to the faculty adviser. To merit 3 units, the internship should require approximately 9 hours per week for 15 weeks.

College Requirements

For College Requirements, please refer to the College of Environmental Design.

Plan of Study

Each student’s plan will vary depending on interests. Students should see an adviser if they are interested in applying for graduate school, studying abroad, attending summer school, or pursuing a minor or second major.

For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information or GPA requirements), please see the Major Requirements tab.

Freshman
FallUnitsSpringUnits
ENV DES 13ECON 1 (fills Breadth #3, SBS)4
Reading & Composition A4-6MATH 16A3
Breadth #13-4Reading & Composition B4
Breadth #23-4ENV DES 4A, 4B, or 4C (2 of 3 must be completed to graduate)3
 13-17 14
Sophomore
FallUnitsSpringUnits
ENV DES 4A, 4B, or 4C (2 of 3 must be completed to graduate)13ENV DES 4A, 4B, or 4C (or Lower Division US Major Elective 2 of 2)13
Lower Division US Major Elective (1 of 2)3-5Breadth #53-4
Breadth #43-4Breadth #63-4
STAT 2 or C84Breadth #73-4
 13-16 12-15
Junior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
CY PLAN 1104ENV DES 1004
Urban Studies Core #1 3-4Urban Studies Core #2 3-4
CED Upper Div Non-Major #12-4Interdisc Urban Studies – Outside CED #13-4
Elective, if needed to reach 12 units3Elective, if needed to reach 12 units2
 12-15 12-14
Senior
FallUnitsSpringUnits
Urban Studies Core #34Urban Studies Core #44
Interdisc Urban Studies – Outside CED #2 4CED Upper Div Non-Major #32-4
CED Upper Div Non-Major #23-4Capstone Experience3-4
Elective, if needed to reach 12 units1-4Elective, if needed to reach 12 units3-4
 12-16 12-16
Total Units: 100-123

Students must complete 120 units to graduate.

Student Learning Goals

Learning Goals of the Major

The Urban Studies major seeks to introduce students to the following bodies of knowledge:

  • Historical and contemporary analysis of American and global urbanization, urbanism, urban societies, and urban political economies. Conceptual tools, analytical methods, and theoretical frameworks to understand urban environments such as economic analysis, social science theory, and visualization technologies.
  • Forms, functions, and practices of urban planning and design, metropolitan governance, social movements, and social justice including issues such as transportation planning, community development, and housing.
  • Ways of providing more humane, equitable, environmentally sensitive, and efficient settlements as well as ways to lead change for better urban futures.

Advising

The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising provides a wide array of programmatic and individual advising services to prospective and current students as well as to students in other colleges who are pursuing CED minors or taking CED courses. The professional advising team assists students with a range of issues including course selection, academic decision-making, achieving personal and academic goals, and maximizing the Berkeley experience.

Advising Staff

Architecture Major Adviser Rhommel Canare
250 Wurster Hall
rhommel.canare@berkeley.edu
510-642-4944

Landscape Architecture Major Adviser Omar Ramirez
250 Wurster Hall
oramirez@berkeley.edu
510-642-0926

Sustainable Environmental Design Major Adviser Nancy Trinh
250 Wurster Hall
nantrinh@berkeley.edu
510-642-0928

Urban Studies Major Adviser Omar Ramirez
250 Wurster Hall
oramirez@berkeley.edu
510-642-0926

College Evaluator Nancy Trinh
250 Wurster Hall
nantrinh@berkeley.edu
510-642-0928

Undergraduate Advising Director Susan Hagstrom
250 Wurster Hall
hagstrom@berkeley.edu
510-642-0408

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies Renee Chow
382D Wurster Hall
rychow@berkeley.edu

Advising Hours

Fall/spring: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon (office opens at 9 a.m.) & 1 to 4 p.m.
Summer: Monday through Friday, 10 to noon  & 1 to 3 p.m.

Address

Office of Undergraduate Advising
College of Environmental Design
250 Wurster Hall #1800
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1800
510-642-4943

CED Career Services

The CED Career Services Center (CSC) offers personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional-development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. To schedule an appointment with the Career Counselor or for more information on CED CSC, please click here.

Office of Undergraduate Advising

Mission

The College of Environmental Design (CED) Office of Undergraduate Advising helps students graduate in a timely way with a meaningful educational experience at Berkeley. In alignment with the College's vision and principles, the Office of Undergraduate Advising collaborates with CED faculty, deans, and student service units across campus toward the common objective of supporting students as they achieve their educational and career goals. The office seeks to achieve the following:

  • Attract a highly-motivated, diverse pool of applicants.
  • Connect students with resources that match their goals and aspirations.
  • Support the development and transformation of undergraduates as they become educated, active, and socially just citizens of the world.
  • Prepare graduates who are uniquely qualified and highly sought after in their field of choice.

Advising Values

Student Success

Above all, the CED Office of Undergraduate Advising dedicates itself to maximizing student potential and to helping students succeed in their University experiences. The office encourages students to explore their minds and their hearts, challenges them to do their best work, and helps them realize their talents and passions and achieve their goals.

Equity & Inclusion

The College of Environmental Design (CED) is committed to creating an inclusive environment in which any individual or group can be and feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. CED aspires to provide fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all students and to identify and eliminate barriers that prevent the full participation of all.

Health & Well-Being

CED collaborates with campus partners to keep the CED community healthy by helping students balance the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, occupational, spiritual, and environmental aspects of life.

Advising Excellence

In all that the office does, it strives to deliver personalized advising services of the highest quality. The CED Office of Undergraduate Advising seeks to continuously educate itself on developments in the field and to evaluate, improve, and streamline its services to support students in obtaining the best education and experience possible.

Academic Opportunities

Student Groups and Organizations

The college provides opportunities for students to be involved in student chapters of professional organizations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIAS) as well as other student groups like the Berkeley Urban Studies Student Association (BUSSA), the Chican@/Latin@ Architecture Student Association (CASA), Global Architecture Brigades, and more. For information regarding  student groups, please see the Getting Involved page of the CED website.

Study Abroad

The College of Environmental Design (CED) encourages all undergraduates in the college to study abroad. Whether students are interested in fulfilling general education requirements, taking courses related to their major/career, or simply living and studying in a country that is of interest to them, CED will work with students to make it happen. For information about study abroad programs, please see the Berkeley Study Abroad website.

CED Career Services

The CED Career Services Center (CSC) offers personalized career counseling, a yearly CED Career Fair, and a wide variety of professional-development workshops on topics such as licensure, internships, and applying for graduate school. For further information, please see the CED Career Services website.

Prizes and Awards

CED offers a number of annual prizes, awards, scholarships, fellowships, and grants to its currently enrolled students. Some of these prizes and awards are college-wide, and some are geared toward students in specific majors. For general information regarding CED prizes and awards, including application instructions and a deadline calendar, please click here.

CED Events and Exhibits Calendar

CED and Wurster Hall is home to a variety of events, lectures, and exhibitions that welcome professors, professionals, and friends to the college to discuss and celebrate the community and professions. Through events and media, CED is constantly creating ways to keep the college connected and up-to-date. To view this calendar, please click here.

CED on Facebook

CED on Twitter

Cal Design Lab

The Cal Design Lab at Wurster Hall is an experimental studio space to promote hands-on, interdisciplinary design activities. Faculty and students from UC Berkeley's many schools and departments can come together at the Cal Design Lab to work on critical design challenges. The goal of the lab is to be a nexus for design research and practice and to facilitate discourse that transcends different design disciplines. For further information, please see the Cal Design Lab's website.

CED Lecture Series

The Departments of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, and Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning each sponsor lecture series which offers students the opportunity to hear internationally-acclaimed speakers. These speakers often also participate in classes and seminars as part of their visit to campus. For a schedule of speakers and events in these lecture series, please see the CED website.

CED Connects

CED CONNECTS is an online LinkedIn networking resource connecting CED students with alumni who might provide advice, information, and support. As a student, you can gain perspective on your long-term career goals; acquire advice on balancing education, career, and extracurricular activities; and receive honest feedback and encouragement.

Research Opportunities, Internships, Public Service, and Volunteer Opportunities

Check out the CED Office of Undergraduate Advising website for additional opportunities.

Courses

Urban Studies

CY PLAN 97 Field Studies in City and Regional Planning 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2006, Spring 2006, Spring 2005
Supervised experiences in the study of off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects of city planning. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and written report required.

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CY PLAN 98 Special Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group studies developed to meet specific needs of students.

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CY PLAN 101 Introduction to Urban Data Analytics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017
This course (1) provides a basic intro to census and economic data collection, processing, and analysis; (2) surveys forecasting and modeling techniques in planning; (3) demonstrates the uses of real-time urban data and analytics; and (4) provides a socio-economic-political context for the smart cities movement, focusing on data ethics and governance.

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CY PLAN 110 Introduction to City Planning 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2016
Survey of city planning as it has evolved in the United States since 1800 in response to physical, social, and economic problems; major concepts and procedures used by city planners and local governments to improve the urban environment.

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CY PLAN 111 Introduction to Housing: An International Survey 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012
Housing problems, government housing policy, and housing as a field of urban planning practice. Emphasis on critical International Issues in the Third World and the United States.

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CY PLAN 113A Economic Analysis for Planning 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Introduction to economic concepts and thinking as used in planning. Micro-economic theory is reviewed and critiqued.

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CY PLAN 113B Community and Economic Development 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
Introduction to political, economic and social issues involved in theory and practice of community economic development. Focus on national economic and social policies, role of local community economic development corporations (CDCs), resolution of conflicts between private-sector profitability and public sector (community) accountability through critical use of the planning process.

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CY PLAN 114 Introduction to Urban and Regional Transportation 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course is designed to introduce students to the characteristics of urban transportation systems, the methods through which they are planned and analyzed, and the dimensions of key policy issues confronting decision makers.

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CY PLAN 115 Urbanization in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011
The course covers issues of development and urbanization from the era of colonialism to the era of contemporary globalization. Themes include modernization, urban informality and poverty, transnational economies, and the role of international institutions and agencies.

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CY PLAN N115 Urbanization in Developing Countries 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2003 10 Week Session
The course covers issues of development and urbanization from the era of colonialism to the era of contemporary globalization. Themes include modernization, urban informality and poverty, transnational economies, and the role of international institutions and agencies.

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CY PLAN 116 Urban Planning Process--The Undergraduate Planning Studio 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
An intermediate course in the planning process with practicum in using planning techniques. Classes typically work on developing an area or other community plan. Some lectures, extensive field and group work, oral and written presentations of findings.

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CY PLAN 118AC The Urban Community 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017, Summer 2016 First 6 Week Session
This course looks at the idea and practice of community in cities and suburbs and at the dynamics of neighborhood and community formation. Topics include urban social geography, ethnicity, and identity, residential choice behavior, the political economy of neighborhoods, planning for neighborhoods and civic engagement. Instructors emphasize different topics. Class size limits depend on the instructor.

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CY PLAN 119 Planning for Sustainability 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course examines how the concept of sustainable development applies to cities and urban regions and gives students insight into a variety of contemporary urban planning issues through the sustainability lens. The course combines lectures, discussions, student projects, and guest appearances by leading practitioners in Bay Area sustainability efforts. Ways to coordinate goals of environment, economy, and equity at different scales of planning
are addressed, including the region, the city, the neighborhood, and the site.
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CY PLAN 120 Community Planning and Public Policy for Disability 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course reviews what society and local communities can do in terms of policies, programs, and local planning to address the needs of citizens with disabilities. Attention will be given to the economics of disability, to the politics of producing change, and to transportation, housing, public facilities, independent living, employment, and income policies. Options will be assessed from the varying perspectives of those with disabilities
and the broader society.
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CY PLAN C139 Urban and Sub-national Politics in Developing Countries 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2013
Over half of the world's population is now urban. As urban populations swell, metropolitan areas in both the developed and the developing world struggle to provide basic services and address the negative externalities associated with rapid growth. Sanitation, transportation, pollution, energy services, and public safety typically fall to sub-national governments. Yet local sub-national institutions face difficulties as they tackle these challenges because
development tends to spill over political boundaries and resources are limited. Such difficulties are particularly acute in the developing world due to tighter resource constraints, weak institutions, and the comparative severity of the underlying problems. Moreover, democratization and decentralization suggest that urban governance and service delivery may have become more democratic, but present challenges with respect to priority setting, coordination, and corruption.
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CY PLAN 140 Urban Design: City-Building and Place-Making 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course is concerned with the multidisciplinary field and practice of urban design. It includes a review of historical approaches to urban design and current movements in the field, as well as discussion of the elements of urban form, theories of good city form, scales of urban design, implementation approaches, and challenges and opportunities for the discipline. Learning from cities via fieldwork is an integral part of the course.

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CY PLAN 180 Research Seminar in Urban Studies 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
A capstone course for urban studies majors; open to other majors by instructor approval. Topical focus varies by semester. The course involves student production of a high-quality research report from inception to completion. Lectures introduce a range of research skills typical in urban studies, and cover specific domain knowledge necessary for the completion of the research project. Students identify a research topic subject to instructor
approval and prepare a formal research proposal, undertaking the analysis specified in the proposal, making public presentations of their findings, and producing a professional-quality research report.




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CY PLAN 190 Advanced Topics in Urban Studies 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Analysis of selected topics in urban studies. Topics vary by semester.

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CY PLAN 197 Field Studies 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2007, Fall 2006
Supervised experiences in the study of off-campus organizations relevant to specific aspects of city planning. Regular individual meetings with faculty sponsor and a written report are required.

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CY PLAN 198 Special Group Study 1 - 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group studies developed to meet specific needs of students.

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CY PLAN 199 Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Second 6 Week Session, Fall 2015
Regular meetings with faculty overseer.

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Faculty and Instructors

+ Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.

Faculty

Charisma Acey, Assistant Professor. Water, sanitation, basic services delivery, poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, environmental justice, urban governance, participatory planning, community-based development, international development, development planning, sustainable development, African studies.
Research Profile

+ Nezar Alsayyad, Professor. Virtual reality, urban history, Architectural history, Middle Eastern Studies, cross-cultural design, cities and cinema, cultural studies of the built environment, environmental design in developing countries, housing and urban development, Islamic architecture and urbanism, traditional dwelling and settlements, urban design and physical planning.
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Peter C. Bosselmann, Professor. Urban design, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture.
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Teresa Caldeira, Professor.

Karen Chapple, Professor. Poverty, economic development, regional planning, metropolitan spatial patterns, labor markets, community development, neighborhood change, gentrification.
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Daniel Chatman, Associate Professor. Transportation, urban planning, travel behavior, immigration, housing, agglomeration.
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Jason Corburn, Associate Professor. Urban health, informal settlements, global public health, urban climate change, environmental impact assessment, mediation, environmental justice.
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Karen T. Frick, Assistant Adjunct Professor.

Carol J. Galante, Adjunct Professor.

Malo Hutson, Associate Professor. Urban and regional planning, community development, urban policy, population health.
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+ Raymond Lifchez, Professor. Architecture, patronage of the arts, post revolutionary France.
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Elizabeth S. Macdonald, Associate Professor. Urban design.
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John Radke, Associate Professor. City and regional planning, landscape architecture and environmental planning, geographic information systems, database design and construction, spatial analysis, pattern recognition computational morphology.
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Carolina K. Reid, Assistant Professor. Affordable housing, access to credit, foreclosures, community development, the Community Reinvestment Act, poverty, neighborhood change, homeownership and mortgage finance (with a focus on low-income and minority households).
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Daniel Rodriguez, Professor.

Annalee Saxenian, Professor. Innovation, information management, entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley, regional economic development, high skilled immigration, Asian development.
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Michael Smith-Heimer, Adjunct Professor.

Paul Waddell, Professor. UrbanSim, land use models, transportation models, urban sustainability.
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Jennifer Wolch, Professor. Sustainable urbanism, urban design and public health, poverty and homelessness, human-animal studies.
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Lecturers

Sara Hinkley, Lecturer.

Moira O'Neill-Hutson, Lecturer.

Kimberly Suczynski Smith, Lecturer.

David Waldron, Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Edward J. Blakely, Professor Emeritus.

Manuel Castells, Professor Emeritus.

Robert B. Cervero, Professor Emeritus. Transportation planning, city and regional planning, transportation & land use, transportation & urban development, international transportation.
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Karen Christensen, Professor Emeritus. Evaluation, intergovernmental relations, city and regional planning, housing policy, planning theory, organizational theory.
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Stephen Cohen, Professor Emeritus.

Frederick C. Collignon, Professor Emeritus. Urban economics, metropolitan planning, city and regional planning, urban recreational space, passive recreational parkland, urban redevelopment, public assistance, disability.
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Elizabeth A. Deakin, Professor Emeritus. Urban design, city and regional planning, transportation policy, planning and analysis, land use policy and planning; legal and regulatory issues, institutions and organizations, energy and the environment, new technologies.
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Michael James Dear, Professor Emeritus. Social theory, disability studies, urban theory, comparative urbanism.
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David Dowall, Professor Emeritus. City and regional planning, urban and regional development, international comparative urban development policy, domestic and international land management, housing policy, economic development strategy, infrastructure planning, management and finance.
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Judith E. Innes, Professor Emeritus. Innovation, governance, collaborative planning and policy making, regionalism, interpretive methods, complexity and adaptation.
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Allan B. Jacobs, Professor Emeritus.

Michael Southworth, Professor Emeritus. Management, analysis, design, city and regional planning, landscape architecture, environmental planning, morphology of the post-industrial city, design of public space.
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Michael Teitz, Professor Emeritus.

Irene Tinker, Professor Emeritus.

Martin Wachs, Professor Emeritus.

Contact Information

Department of City and Regional Planning

228 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-3256

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Department Chair

Teresa Caldeira

dcrpchair@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Major Head, Minor Program Faculty Adviser

Malo Hutson

mhutson@berkeley.edu

Urban Studies Major Adviser, City Planning Minor Adviser

Omar Ramirez

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0926

oramirez@berkeley.edu

College Evaluator

Nancy Trinh

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0928

nantrinh@berkeley.edu

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies

Renee Chow

382D Wurster Hall

rychow@berkeley.edu

Director, Office of Undergraduate Advising

Susan Hagstrom

250 Wurster Hall

Phone: 510-642-0408

hagstrom@berkeley.edu

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