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Urban and Regional Studies

Program Details

The Urban and Regional Studies at Minnesota State University-Mankato degree program examines the broad range of issues associated with the nation’s cities and regional areas.  Those who complete the program will have a wide range of career opportunities in areas such as community development, local government, and urban/regional planning and design.  Students have the potential to also go on to graduate work in a number of fields such as planning, management, and business.  The curriculum combines classroom, research, and field experience; students are also encouraged to participate in independent study, become involved in community projects, participate in field studies, and work internships with local institutions.

The major consists of 33 credit hours and includes three foundation and four core courses which involve key areas within the field.  Students will also select four elective courses within a focus area.  The minor consists of 18 credit hours and includes the foundation and core courses.  Core courses include topics such as city design and architecture, management and planning, and urban analysis.  The four elective courses are selected from URBS upper division list.  The program will end with a cumulative capstone seminar.

This program is one of many that are inspired by the idea of improving communities, towns, and cities by mean of strong and experienced leadership.  Courses are designed to give students the knowledge and skills in making a difference in the institutions of which they are a part of.  The program combines broad-based knowledge with real-world projects and students will learn about staying on top of changing policies, emerging issues, and the latest trends.


Students must have a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission