Minor in Urban Design + Planning


Urban design and planning addresses critical issues of human settlement and urban development. It provides communities with an informed basis for coordinated public and private-sector action. Urban design and planning constitutes a professional field of growing complexity, integrating the social, behavioral, and cultural relationships between people and the quality of their built and natural environment.

Departmental faculty are active participants in interdisciplinary research units, including the Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research, the Urban Form Lab, the Urban Ecology Research Lab, the Runstad Department of Real Estate, and the Northwest Center for Livable Communities.


The Minor in Urban Design and Planning requires 30 credits of total coursework to include

  • URBDP 300 Introduction to Urban Planning (5 credits)
  • 13 additional credits in URBDP-prefix courses
  • 12 additional credits in planning-related* courses with Urban Design and Planning adviser approval.

*Planning-related courses must be 300-level and above and may include URBDP prefixed courses as well as select courses in the CEP major and UW programs including GEOG, L ARCH, ENVIR, ESRM, CEE, and others. Planning-related courses are those with significant course content in urban planning theory, methods, practices and/or applications. Internships with planning agencies, firms or non-profit organizations may be counted, as well as Independent Study and/or internship or capstone courses with a strong urban planning focus.

Program Contact

Megan Herzog,
Director of the Minor in Urban Design and Planning

(206) 543-1508