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.
Intro Courses (two required)
Methods Course (required)
Elective Courses (minimum one)
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.
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.