Urban and Public Affairs Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of course work to receive the Urban and Public Affairs degree. This includes the first two years of the program in Pre-UPA.

If admitted to the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, students complete the final two years in the UPA curriculum.

General Education 60
Core Courses, Special Topic, & CUPPA Electives(3) 39
Upper-Level Electives (can be taken outside of CUPPA) 21
TOTAL 120

 

The general education credit requirements must be completed before students begin UPA coursework. At the time of the UPA major application, students must have at least 44 semester hours of course work completed. Before enrolling in the UPA program, students must have at least 60 semester hours of course work completed.

English Composition (ENGL 160 and ENGL 161)6
Foreign Language161
Quantitative Reasoning3
Analyzing the Natural World3-52
Exploring World Cultures3
Understanding the Creative Arts3
Understanding the Individual and Society3
Understanding the Past3
Understanding U.S. Society3
Additional General Education from any category4-6
Free electives15
TOTAL60

1In a single foreign language or the equivalent.
2Lab required.

For more information regarding the general education course requirements please visit the online PDF version of the 2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog.

ECON 120 Principles of Mircoeconomics13
UPP 101 Introduction to Urban Studies23
UPP 202 Planning Great Cities23
UPP 205 Cinema and the City2 3
UPP 208 Mapping the Urban: Cartography and its Alternatives2 3
UPA 220 Latin American Cities in a Global Context: Environment, Employment, and Housing2 3
STAT 10124
PA 210 Introduction to Policy Process2 3
PA 230 Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society2 3
PH 110 Public Health and Global Societies2 3
PH 120 Public Health and the Study of Disease and Epidemics2 3
PH 194 Introductory Special Topics in Public Health2 1-3
PH 310 Public Health and Global Citizenship2 3
POLS 201 Political Data Analysis23
POLS 210 Introduction to Urban Politics3
POLS 211 Chicago's Future3
POLS 212 State Government3
SOC 105 Social Problems3
SOC 201 Introductory Sociological Statistics24
SOC 241 Social Inequalities3
SOC 258 Race and Urban Life3
SOC 265 Sociology of Politics3
SOC 276 Urban Sociology3
GEOG 211 Chicago: An Urban Geography3
GEOG 215 A Global Geography of Cities3
GEOG 241 Resource Problems in the United States3
GWS 110/ECON 110 Economics of Gender3
ECON 270 Statistics for Economics4
ED 135 Child and Youth Policies in Urban America3
ED 200 Educational Policy Foundations 3
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing for Academic and Public Contexts 3
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
Foreign language (16 hours in a single language or equivalent) 16
Quantitative Reasoning course 3
Analyzing the Natural World course 3-5
Exploring World Cultures course 3
Understanding the Creative Arts course 3
Understanding the Individual and Society course 3
Understanding the Past course 3
Understanding U.S. Society course 3
Additional General Education course(s) from any category 3
Free electives 3

1Required
2Highly Recommended

UPA Students must complete at least 2 elective courses in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. (CUPPA Elective)

Students must also complete 21 elective semester hours at the 200-, 300-, or 400-levels. (Upper Division electives) These courses may be taken in CUPPA or in UIC in general. Upper-division courses in your minor can go toward this requirement.

Students are strongly recommended to take 300- or 400-level courses, especially if considering applying to graduate school. Some disciplines may require 200-level prerequisites. Please try to take courses that will complement or build on your UPA coursework.

Clicking on the course number will take you directly to the specific course description.

UPP 202 Planning Great Cities 3
UPP 205 Cinema and the City 3
UPP 208 Mapping the Urban: Cartography and its Alternatives 3
UPA 220 Latin American Cities in a Global Context: Environment, Employment, and Housing 3
UPP 403 Introducation to Urban Planning 3
UPP 420 Great Cities: London and Chicago 3
PA 210 Introduction to Policy Process 3
PA 230 Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society 3
PA 400 Public Administration Theory 3
PA 407 Data Analysis for Public Administration 3
PA 410 Economics for Public Administration and Policy Decisions 3
PA 415 Organization Theory and Public Management 3
UPA/UPP 498 Independent Study in Urban and Public Affairs 3
UPA/PA 499 Independent Study in Urban and Public Affairs 3

UPA/PA 300 Introduction to Urban Policy Processes (3 hours) Syllabus

Basic structure of the policy process within the urban context including the nature of urban policy, its formulation, evaluation, and implementation. Emphasis on state and local policy development as it relates to urban areas. Prerequisite: One course in microeconomics and admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 301 Political Economy of Urban Development (3 hours) Syllabus

Political and economic approaches to the study of urban life, urban problems and the built environment. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 303 Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment (3 hours) Syllabus

Personnel management, organizing, budgeting, finance, leadership, motivation, economic development, accountability, ethics, legal and constitutional foundations. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 304 Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City (3 hours) Syllabus

Addresses basics of visualization methods and techniques of representing the physical environment. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 305 Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment (3 hours) Syllabus

Intergovernmental finance, inter-jurisdictional competition, intergovernmental cooperation, intergovernmental cooperative agreements, and contractual and informal relations with non-profit organizations and governmental actors. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 306 Urban Policy Analysis Methods (3 hours) Syllabus.

Introduces students to the basics of policy and program evaluation using rational models. Needs analysis, performance evaluation, data collection methods and analysis, discounting, valuation problems. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 308 Globalization and Urban Public Affairs (3 hours) Syllabus

Study of urban and public affairs as they relate to globalization. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 309 Public Budgeting and Financial Management (3 hours) Syllabus

Government budgeting, financial management and the reciprocal relationship between government and the economy. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 492 Topics in Urban and Public Affairs (3 hours)

In depth study of selected issues in urban and public affairs. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 493 Topics in Urban and Public Affairs (3 hours)

In depth study of selected issues of urban and public affairs. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 494 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I (3 hours) Syllabus

A selection of a capstone topic and introductory research on the topic. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 495 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II (3 hours) Syllabus

Students synthesize and draw upon knowledge learned in the program to engage in projects in the urban community. This course is an extension of UPA/UPP 494. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 496 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I (3 hours)

A selection of a capstone topic and introductory research on the topic. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

UPA/PA 497 Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II (3 hours)

Students synthesize and draw upon knowledge learned in the program to engage in projects in the urban community. This course is an extension of UPA/UPP 496. Prerequisite: Admission to the UPA program and senior standing or consent of the instructor.

Note: This is just a partial list of courses which students may take as electives.

UPP 202 Planning Great Cities (3 hours) Syllabus

What makes a city great, how cities change, can cities be planned, and how planners plan; characteristics of Great Cities and current urban planning issues.

UPP 403. Introduction to Urban Planning (3 hours) Syllabus

Patterns of city growth, physical, socio-economic, and environmental issues. Contemporary planning issues. Future of cities. Prerequisite: Advanced undergraduate standing or consent of the instructor.

UPP 420 Great Cities: London and Chicago (1-6 hours)

Fieldwork required. Comparative investigation of urban, economic, social, and political issues in the two global cities. Includes classes, study, and living in London. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above and selection by the Office of Study Abroad admission committee.

UPP 460 Introduction to Geospacial Anaylsis and Visualization (3 hours)

Exloration of geospatial analysis and visualization theory and tools; how to appropriately choose and use tools. Cognition, communication, modeling, cartography, web authoring, 3-D visualization, and aerial and satellite photography.3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Extensive computer use required. Centrino 2 Duo processor, 2 GB RAM and 100 GB hard drive minimum recommendations. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; and approval of the deparment. Priority registration will be given to students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization.

UPP 461/UPP 508 (4 hours)

Applications of Geographic Information Systems to urban planning and policy making. Same as GEOG 589. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing; and approval of the department. Priority registration will be given to graduate students in Urban Planning and Policy, and graduate students admitted to the campus certificate program in Geospatial Analysis and Visualization.

PA 400 Public Administration Theory (3 hours) Syllabus

Development of public administration as a professional and scholarly area of knowledge and practice focusing on administrative reform and its intellectual roots. Politics versus administration, efficiency, effectiveness, representative bureaucracy, and market versus bureaucratic alternatives. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA program or consent of the instructor.

PA 407 Data Analysis for Public Administration (3 hours) Syllabus

Topics and methods of analyzing information relevant to the administration and management of public programs and organizations. Includes causation, univariate statistics, significance testing, correlation, and regression. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the department placement test; and graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

PA 410 Economics for Public Administration and Policy Decisions (3 hours) Syllabus

Basic economic tools and methods relevant to public administration and current policy: opportunity cost, supply and demand, rational choice, production costs, competition versus monopoly, economic efficiency versus equity, market failure, public goods, and externalities. Prerequisite: Appropriate score on the department placement test; and graduate standing; or consent of the instructor.

PA 415 Organization Theory and Public Management (3 hours) Syllabus

Theories and concepts of organizational behavior and public management from economics, sociology and political science. Organizational decision making, bureaucracy, organizational change and learning, public versus private organizations, leadership, and organizational culture. Prerequisite: Admission to the MPA Program or consent of the instructor.

UPA/UPP 498 Independent Study in Urban and Public Affairs (1-3 hours)

May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Advanced study and analysis of topic selected by student under the guidance of the faculty adviser.

UPA/PA 499 Independent Study in Urban and Public Affairs (1-3 hours)

May be repeated for credit. Students may register for more than one section per term. Advanced study and analysis of topic selected by student under the guidance of the faculty adviser.

 

 

 

 


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