Learning Goals

Undergraduate Programs


A. Planning and Public Policy (10:762)

The planning and public policy major prepares students for entry-level jobs in the public and private sectors, especially those in housing, land use, environment, transportation, and community development, and graduate education in urban planning, public policy and other fields.


Learning Goals:

  1. Intellectual and Communication Skills
    1. Critical Thinking
      Students will develop their critical thinking skills by reading, discussing and evaluating information about issues related to planning and public policy.
    2. Communication
      Students will present their internship experience and capstone research papers as oral presentations in an open venue.
    3. Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis
      Students will develop and apply concepts from research methods and basic statistics to critically analyze information as it applies to planning and public policy.
    4. Scientific Inquiry
      Students will develop a research question and write a coherent, well-organized capstone paper about a topic related to planning or public policy.
    5. Information and Computer Literacy
      Students will develop research and computing skills that allow them to create and use existing databases to analyze information related to planning and public policy.
  2. Professional Development & Ethics
    Students will integrate and apply concepts from earlier coursework in a contracted internship experience with a planning or public policy agency. Students will complete at least one human subjects certification program.

 

B. Public Health (10:832)

The public health major prepares students for graduate education in public health and for entrylevel positions in a broad spectrum of private and public health organizations. Students receive a conceptual understanding of interrelated health, environmental, economic, educational, and social welfare issues.


Learning Goals:

  1. Intellectual and Communication Skills
    1. Critical Thinking
      Students will develop their critical thinking skills by reading, discussing and evaluating information about issues related to public health.
    2. Communication
      Students will present their internship experience as an oral presentation in an open venue.
    3. Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis
      Students will develop and apply concepts from research methods and basic statistics to critically analyze information as it applies to public health.
    4. Scientific Inquiry
      Students will develop a research question and write a coherent, well-organized research paper about a topic related to public health.
    5. Information and Computer Literacy
      Students will develop research and computing skills that allow them to create and use existing databases to analyze information related to public health.
  2. Professional Development & Ethics
    Students will integrate and apply concepts from earlier coursework in a contracted internship experience with a planning or public policy agency. Students will complete at least one human subjects certification program

 

Graduate Programs

 

Masters Program in Public Policy (34:833)

This program prepares students for careers in government, politics, and public affairs within the public, private, nonprofit, or private for-profit sectors. It seeks to give students conceptual and analytical tools to build their competencies in four areas: public policy, research methods, economics, and politics, as well as training in leadership, values, and ethical behavior that guide the responsible application of these competencies in the field.


Learning Goals:

  1. Intellectual and Communication Skills
    1. Critical Thinking
      Students will demonstrate an ability to think critically about policy formation, implementation, implications, and effectiveness, and the methods underpinning the policy evidence.
    2. Communication
      Students will demonstrate a proficiency in written and oral methods of communication in a variety of settings through their applied field and practicum experiences and an ability to adjust method to setting and audience.
    3. Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis
      Students will demonstrate an ability to apply economic and/or political perspectives in the analysis and understanding of public policy.
    4. Scientific Inquiry
      Students will demonstrate an ability to use the scientific method in the development and implementation of field-based policy analyses as part of the practicum and class-based research projects in the methods courses, and to critique the application of the scientific
      method in the literature.
    5. Information and Computer Literacy
      Students will demonstrate proficiency in conducting literature reviews, collecting primary data, retrieving secondary data, analyzing data using a variety of software packages, and reporting the findings in ways that facilitate dissemination.
  2. Professional Development & Ethics
    Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development and implementation of policy analyses in program-directed applied field and practicum experiences in which students “work for” clients as part of their applied field experiences and practicum projects. Students are required to write briefing memos, prospectuses, and final reports for clients and to present their analyses in formal presentations. Students will demonstrate competency in professional conduct and ethics in their interactions with faculty, students, and clients, and in their use of data.


Masters Program in Urban Planning and Policy Development (34:970)

The Urban Planning and Policy Development (UPPD) Program educates planners with both knowledge and actions geared towards improving the quality of public and private development decisions affecting people and places. Because of its future orientation, planning embraces visionary and utopian thinking, yet also recognizes that the implementation of plans requires the reconciliation of present realities to future states. To become effective and ethical practitioners, students must develop a comprehensive understanding of cities and regions, and of the theory and practice of planning. They must also be able to use a variety of analytic methods in their practice. They must become sensitive to the ways in which planning affects individual and community values, and must be aware of their own roles in this process.


Learning Goals:

  1. Intellectual and Communication Skills
    1. Visionary and Utopian Thinking
      Students will demonstrate proficiency in future-oriented analysis, design, planning and policy development that serve to improve the quality of life, within their coursework and studio projects.
    2. Communication
      Students will demonstrate a proficiency in written, oral, and graphic methods of communication in a variety of settings through their studio experiences and exhibit an ability to adjust method to setting and audience.
    3. Mathematical Reasoning and Analysis
      Students will demonstrate an ability to apply statistical and/or computational modeling perspectives in the analysis and nderstanding of planning and policy development.
    4. Understanding Community Values
      Students will demonstrate an ability to elicit and respectfully characterize community values within their coursework and studio projects.
    5. Information and Computer Literacy
      Students will demonstrate proficiency in conducting literature reviews, collecting primary data, retrieving secondary data, analyzing data using a variety of software packages, and reporting the findings in ways that facilitate dissemination.
  2. Professional Development & Ethics
    Students will demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development of planning-directed studio experiences in which students “work for” clients. Students are required to prepare memos, prospectuses, visual materials and final reports for clients and to present their products in formal presentations. Students will demonstrate competency in professional conduct and ethics in their interactions with faculty, students, and clients, and in their use of data.

 

Doctoral Program in Planning and Policy Development (16:762)

This program prepares students for careers in university teaching and research, advanced policy research in the private and non-profit sectors and more basic research in the private sector.

 

Learning Goals:

  1. Theoretical Understanding
    Students will develop and demonstrate a mastery of the theoretical frameworks underlying the disciplines of planning and public policy through coursework and a comprehensive written and oral examination.
  2. Analytical Thinking
    Students will develop and demonstrate advanced skills in social science qualitative and quantitative methods through coursework and a comprehensive written and oral examination.
  3. Specialization of a Major and Minor Field of Inquiry
    Students will develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge in a major and minor field of study related to planning and public policy through coursework and a comprehensive written and oral examination.
  4. Inquiry, Analysis and Communication
    Students will demonstrate the ability to perform scholarly research and writing through the thesis component of the doctoral program.
  5. Teaching and Professional Development
    Students will develop and demonstrate teaching and mentorship skills through teaching assistantships and/or assignments, as well as through student or community organization activities.