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Economic and International Development

Niagara Falls

Among the fields of economic and international development, tourism planning examines relationships between transportation, environment, employment, and the tourist attractions, such as s Niagara Falls. Photo credit: Wikimedia commons

Economic and international development planners work to increase employment opportunities, relieve poverty, build international economic competitiveness, promote human development, and facilitate sustainable growth.

Relevant to communities of all types, from the small village to a large region in domestic and international settings, this specialization trains students in concepts, tools, and techniques of planning to improve local economies. A distinctive feature of our program is that the principles of economic development in global markets are understood to apply in both domestic and international settings. Topics include technology-based development, tourism and recreation-based development, gender and development and environmentally sustainable development. Students interested in international development are encouraged to take an international palnning studio, if offered.

Curriculum (4 courses are required to complete the specialization)

Intro Courses (two required)

  • URP 522 Economic Development and Industrial Change, and
  • URP 576 Comparative International Development

Methods Course (required)

  • URP 513 Quantitative Methods for Planning

Elective Courses (minimum one)

  • URP 502 Real Estate Development
  • URP 525 Financing Urban Development
  • URP 559 Tourism and Recreation Planning and Policy
  • URP 562 Transportation Planning
  • URP 574 Projects in Physical Planning
  • URP 592 Special Topics (depending on topic)

Note: Courses from other departments that contribute to specialized knowledge that can contribute to this specialization may be presented to the specialization director to be considered for approval.

Culminating Exercise:

As part of the requirement for graduation with an MUP, students seeking a specialization must prepare a professional project or at thesis related to that specialization.  In rare cases, students may believe that they are unable to fit their specialization topic into the professional project.  If so, they must still complete the professional project, but must consult with their Specialization Director about an additional class (most likely independent study) through which to demonstrate synthetic knowledge of the specialization.  This may be done only with the Specialization Director’s approval.  

Specialization Director:

Ernest Sternberg