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College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Introduction

Urban and Public Affairs Program


UPA Policies

Minors

Academic Advising
Academic Honors


Sample Course Schedules


Dean, Michael Pagano
115 CUPPA Hall (CUPPAH)
(312) 413-8088
http://www.uic.edu/cuppa
Associate Dean, Albert J. Schorsch, III, (312) 996-2177


 

Introduction

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA) at UIC is an internationally recognized leader in education, research, and engagement in support of the world’s cities and metropolitan areas. CUPPA provides innovative urban planning and public management education that puts engaged research to purposeful use at home and abroad. We strive for academic excellence to provide inspirational learning experiences for our students and to make contributions beyond the university. We are committed to respecting the unique individual contributions of faculty to scholarship, students to learning, and staff to service. We welcome cultural diversity in the composition of our faculty, staff, and students. We collaborate across disciplines, programs, and other institutional divides to generate more successful inquiry and learning. We are committed to innovation that anticipates future needs and crafts sustainable solutions in the pursuit of learning.

Urban and Public Affairs Program

316 CUPPAH
(312) 413-2565
http://www.uic.edu/cuppa/upa/home/index.html
Administration:
Program Coordinator, Danielle Cheatom (312) 413-2565
Interim Program Director, Joseph Hoereth (312) 355-0096

Urban and Public Affairs (UPA) prepares students to enter urban professions and graduate professional education programs with knowledge and understanding of the complexity and diversity of the urban environment and the policy and management processes that affect it. Historically, Americans lived in small towns and rural settings; however, today the vast majority of Americans live within expanding urban regions that are linked to a global network of cities. The Urban and Public Affairs program educates students on the complexity and diversity of urban areas; teaches students comprehensive policy and management tools for addressing urban problems and creating solutions; and provides students with the opportunity to experience hands-on learning through internships, applied research, access to top scholars and professionals in the field, unique international student exchange opportunities, and by fostering leadership development. Graduates of UPA will have mastered knowledge and skills in:

Graduating Urban and Public Affairs students will enter careers in public and nonprofit service, public finance, community development, or other city planning and development activities. Students entering graduate education will be prepared to study in related fields, such as public administration, urban planning, public health, law, public relations, international studies, sociology, political science, or peace and social justice studies.

Admission Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

Students apply for admission through the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Admission into the Urban and Public Affairs program is selective and competitive.

  1. Junior standing only (completion of 60 semester hours of general education courses in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or from any accredited community college or four-year college or university)
  2. A grade point average of 2.75/4.00
  3. Personal statement of educational goals
  4. Availability of space
  5. One college-level microeconomics course and quantitative course

Special consideration will be given to students who have completed courses relating to urban and public affairs and have some knowledge of economics and government, including the following courses (or their equivalents) from either a community college or a lower-division program in a four-year institution:

Admission Requirements for Joint Degree Programs: BA in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Public Administration and BA in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Urban Planning and Policy

Students apply for admission through the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. Admission into a joint degree program in either BA/MPA or BA/MUPP consists of a two part process that is selective and competitive. Please review both parts of the process below:

Part One (Pertains to BA portion of joint degree):

  1. Junior standing only (completion of 60 semester hours in Pre-Urban and Public Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or from any accredited community college or four-year college or university) and have completed all general requirements, including English 160 and 161; microeconomics; quantitative reasoning; and language.
  2. A grade point average of 3.40/4.00
  3. Phone or personal interview
  4. Personal statement of educational goals
  5. Availability of space
  6. One college-level microeconomics course and quantitative course

Special consideration will be given to students who have completed courses relating to urban and public affairs and have some knowledge of economics and government, including the following courses (or their equivalents) from either a community college or a lower-division program in a four-year institution:

Part Two (Pertains to Master’s Degree portion of joint degree):

Once the student has completed one semester of UPA core course work the student must apply to the MUPP or MPA graduate program. This application will also determine a student’s eligibility for financial assistance during their graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs degree from UIC, students need to complete University and college degree requirements. University and college degree requirements for all College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs students are outlined below. Unless otherwise noted, students admitted to the joint degree programs must meet requirements for the BA in Urban and Public Affairs as well as additional requirements for the completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for more information on completing the General Education requirements.

Semester Hour Requirement
The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs semester hour requirement is determined by program: Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs is 120 semester hours; Bachelor of Arts/Master of Public Administration joint degree program is 164 semester hours; and Bachelor of Arts/Master of Urban Planning and Policy joint degree program is 172 semester hours. UIC students complete the first two years of the program in Pre-Urban and Public Affairs through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Please see Preprofessional Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of the catalog for more information on Pre-Urban and Public Affairs. If admitted to the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, students complete the final two years in the Urban and Public Affairs curriculum. Students admitted to the joint degree programs will have an accelerated course of study in both Urban and Public Affairs Bachelor degree course work and the course work required for the graduate degree.

Degree Program Degree/s Conferred
Total Hours
Urban and Public Affairs BA in Urban and Public Affairs
120
Urban and Public Affairs/Public Administration BA in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Public Administration (MPA)
164
Urban and Public Affairs/Urban Planning and Policy BA in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Urban Planning and Policy (MUPP)
172

 

Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs Degree Requirements

BA in Urban and Public Affairs Degree Requirements
Hours
Pre-Urban and Public Affairs 60
BA Course Requirements in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs 39
Electives 21
Total Hours—BA in Urban and Public Affairs 120

 

Course Requirements


Pre-Urban and Public Affairs Course Requirements
Courses  Hours
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 coursea 3
ECON 120—Principles of Microeconomics 4
Analyzing the Natural World coursebc 3–5
Exploring World Cultures courseb 3
Understanding the Creative Arts courseb 3
Understanding the Individual and Society coursebd 3
Understanding the Past courseb 3
Understanding U.S. Society coursebd 3
Additional General Education course(s) from any categorybd 1–3
Free electivesd 10
Total Hours—Pre-Urban and Public Affairs 60

a See General Education Proficiencies for information on meeting this requirement.
b Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog for a list of approved courses in this category.
c A laboratory course is recommended.
d Recommended electives include: UPP 101, 202 or 205; PA 230; POLS 210, 310, 313; SOC 105, 241, 265, 276. UPP 101 and UPP 202 are both approved for the Understanding U.S. Society General Education category. Students should consult the General Education section of the catalog to determine if any of the other recommended electives are approved General Education courses.

BA Course Requirements in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Required Courses
Hours
UPA/PA 300—Introduction to Urban Policy Processes 3
UPA/UPP 301—Political Economy of Urban Development 3
UPA/PA 303—Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment 3
UPA/UPP 304—Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City 3
UPA/PA 305—Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment 3
UPA/UPP 306—Urban Policy Analysis Methods 3
UPA/UPP 308—Globalization and Urban Public Affairs 3
UPA/PA 309—Public Finance and Budgeting 3
 
One of the following courses: 3
UPA/UPP 492—Topics in Urban Affairs and Administration (3)  
UPA/PA 493—Topics in Urban and Public Affairs (3)  
 
One of the two sets of courses below: 6
UPA/UPP 494—Senior Capstone Experience in Urban Affairs and Administration I (3)  
UPA/UPP 495—Senior Capstone Experience in Urban Affairs and Administration II (3)
OR
 
UPA/PA 496—Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs I (3)  
UPA/PA 497—Senior Capstone Experience in Urban and Public Affairs II (3)  
 
Electives in CUPPA to reach total of 39 semester hours in Urban and Public Affairs 6
Total Hours—Course Requirements in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs 39
 
Electives Hours
Total Hours—Electives 21


Please note: See below for Joint Degree Requirements.

General Education Core
General Education at UIC is designed to serve as a foundation for lifelong learning. Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 semester hours in the General Education Core with at least one course from each of the following categories:

  1. Analyzing the Natural World
  2. Understanding the Individual and Society
  3. Understanding the Past
  4. Understanding the Creative Arts
  5. Exploring World Cultures
  6. Understanding U.S. Society

For a description and a list of courses for each General Education Core category, students should consult the General Education section of the catalog. Information on meeting the General Education requirements for this program is listed in the previous section on Pre-Urban and Public Affairs.

General Education Proficiencies—Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, and University Writing Requirement

College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs students must meet the following General Education Proficiencies: Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, and University Writing Requirement. As noted in the previous section on Pre-Urban and Public Affairs, students meet the General Education Proficiencies as follows:

Foreign Language

Students must earn sixteen hours in a single language or the equivalent.

Quantitative Reasoning

Students in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs must demonstrate competency in quantitative reasoning to earn a degree. Such competence can be demonstrated in any one of the following ways:

  1. Achievement of a score on the mathematics placement examination high enough to qualify for enrollment in Mathematics 180. Placement in Mathematics 180 may be by other means determined by the Department of Mathematics.
  2. Grade of C or better in any one of the following courses: Mathematics 121, 123, 145, 160, 165, 180, Statistics 101.
  3. Grade of C or better in a mathematically oriented course in a department in LAS other than Mathematics. Such courses must require Mathematics 090 or 118 as a prerequisite. At present, such courses include Communication 201; Criminology, Law, and Justice 262; Political Science 201; Psychology 343; and Sociology 201.
  4. Grade of C or better in a logic course in the Department of Philosophy: Philosophy 102 or 210.
  5. Transfer students may present equivalent courses taken elsewhere, for which they have received a grade of C or better, to satisfy this requirement.

University Writing Requirement

Students must earn a passing grade in English 160 and 161.

Other Requirements

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

A student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.75/4.00 in all work taken at UIC and a cumulative grade point average for required courses in the UPA major of 2.75. In addition, the combined average of a student’s transfer work and work taken at UIC must be at least 2.75.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement for Joint Degree Program Students
A student must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.40/4.00 in all completed course work in order to be eligible for the joint degree program.

Graduation Declaration/Filing to Graduate
Students declare their intent to graduate online using my.UIC. The deadline for submission to the Pending Degree List is the end of the third week (fall and spring) or second week (Summer Session 2) of the term in which graduation is sought. Failure to submit the request at this time may delay the awarding of the degree. A final review will be made following the close of the term. If a student has satisfactorily completed all the degree requirements, the student’s name will be placed on the official degree list.

Enrollment Residence Requirement

See the University Degree Requirements, Graduation, and Commencement section of the catalog for a complete description of this requirement.

Transfer Credit

Transfer guides are available for most colleges in the Chicago area and can be found at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/undergrad/transfer_guides/cuppa/current/index.html.


Conferring Joint Degrees
For students admitted to and enrolled in the BA/MPA or the BA/MUPP, the following rules determine when the joint degrees are conferred. If all requirements are met and minimum credit hours completed, students will file for graduation for both the bachelor’s (BA) and master’s degree (MPA or MUPP) at the end of their fifth year of study. If by the end of the fifth year a student fails to complete the stated requirements for the graduate degree (MPA or MUPP), but has completed the stated requirements for the BA portion of the program, the student will be able to file for graduation for the undergraduate degree.


Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Public Administration Joint Degree Requirements

BA in Urban and Public Affairs Degree Requirements and Master of Public Administration—Joint Degree Requirements Hours
Pre-Urban and Public Affairs 60
BA Course Requirements in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs 31
Electives outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 21
MPA Requirements (includes 8 Shared Hours that count toward BA Course Requirements) 52
Total Hours—BA in Urban and Public Affairs and Master of Public Administration 164


Course Requirements for BA in Urban and Public Affairs and Master of Public Administration

Required Courses Hours
BA Course Requirements in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs  

UPA/PA 300—Introduction to Urban Policy Processes

3

UPA/UPP 301—Political Economy of Urban Development

3

UPA/PA 303—Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment

3

UPA/UPP 304—Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City

3

UPA/PA 305—Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment

3

UPA/UPP 306—Urban Policy Analysis Methods

3

UPA/UPP 308—Globalization and Urban Public Affairs

3

UPA/PA 309—Public Budgeting and Financial Management

3

One of the following topics courses:

3

UPA/UPP 492—Topics in Urban Affairs and
Administration (3)

UPA/PA 493—Topics in Urban and Public Affairs (3)

One of the following capstone courses:

3

UPA/UPP 494—Senior Capstone Experience in Urban Affairs and Administration I (3)

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

UPA 499—Independent Study in Urban Planning and Public Affairs and Administration

1

Electives outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level)

21

Shared Hours

(8)

Two MPA Core or Concentration Coursesa count toward the CUPPA Electives for the BA Course Requirements

Total UPA Hours

60

MPA Requirements

MPA Core Courses—PA 400, 407, 410, 502, 503, 504, 506, 590

32

MPA Concentration Coursesa

12

PA 490—PA Field Experience in Public Administration

4

MPA Elective

4

Total MPA Hours

52

Total Hours—BA in Urban and Public Affairs / Master of Public Administration

164
a Please consult the Master of Public Administration listing in the Graduate Catalog for course requirements in these areas.


Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Urban Planning and Policy Joint Degree Requirements

BA in Urban and Public Affairs and Master of Urban Planning and Policy—Joint Degree Requirements Hours
Pre-Urban and Public Affairs 60
BA Course Requirements in the College of Urban
Planning and Public Affairs
31
Electives outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 21
MUPP Requirements (includes 8 Shared Hours that
count toward BA Course Requirements)
60
Total Hours—BA in Urban and Public Affairs and Master of Urban Planning and Policy 172


Course Requirements for BA in Urban and Public Affairs and Master of Urban Planning and Policy

Courses Hours
BA Course Requirements in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs  

UPA/PA 300—Introduction to Urban Policy Processes

3

UPA/UPP 301—Political Economy of Urban Development

3

UPA/PA 303—Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment

3

UPA/UPP 304—Visualizing the City: Methods and Tools for Representing the City

3

UPA/PA 305—Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment

3

UPA/UPP 306—Urban Policy Analysis Methods

3

UPA/UPP 308—Globalization and Urban Public Affairs

3

UPA/PA 309—Public Budgeting and Financial Management

3

One of the following topics courses:

3

UPA/UPP 492—Topics in Urban Affairs and Administration (3)

UPA/PA 493—Topics in Urban and Public Affairs (3)

One of the following capstone courses:

3

UPA/UPP 494—Senior Capstone Experience in Urban Affairs and Administration I (3)

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

UPA 499—Independent Study in Urban Planning and Public Affairs and Administration

1

Electives outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level)

21

Shared Hours—Two Required MUPP Core or Concentration Coursesa count toward CUPPA Electives for the BA Course Requirements

(8)

Total UPA Hours

60

MUPP Requirements

MUPP Core Courses: UPP 500, UPP 501, UPP 502, UPP 505, UPP 506

20

MUPP Concentration Coursesa

12

MUPP Electives                                                               

8–20

UPP 590—Professional Experience

4

UPP 597 or 598—Master’s Project or Thesis

4–16

Total MUPP Hours

60

Total Hours—BA in Urban and Public Affairs / Master of Urban Planning and Policy

172
a Please consult the Master of Urban Planning and Policy listing in the Graduate Catalog for course requirements in these areas.


UPA Policies

The following policies apply to undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Urban Planning and Public Administration. Students in the joint degree programs should consult the Graduate Catalog for applicable academic policies once they are enrolled as graduate students in the college.


Academic Load
In the Urban and Public Affairs program, students must enroll in a full-time program of study, in either day or evening classes. During the fall and spring semesters, a minimum full-time program is 12 hours of credit per semester. A program of 19 semester hours or more must be approved by a college dean or the director of the UPA program. For Summer Session 1 (four-week) and Summer Session 2 (eight-week), UIC considers a total aggregate of 6 semester hours as the minimum number necessary to constitute full-time enrollment. A program of 11 semester hours or more during the summer session must be approved by a college dean or the director of the UPA program.

Academic Probation and Dismissal Rules

A student will be placed on academic probation in any term in which either a cumulative or semester grade point average of less than 2.75/4.00 is earned. A student on probation is expected to earn greater than a 2.75 in the next term and have a UIC cumulative grade point average of 2.75 by the end of the second term on probation.

Please note: Undergraduates must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.40/4.00 to be admitted and maintain eligibility for the joint degree programs.

Dismissal Rules
Students failing to earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 by the end of two terms on probation will be dismissed from the University. In any term, a student may be dismissed for one or more of the following reasons:

  1. First-term students will be dismissed after their first term of enrollment if they earn zero credit or obtain a deficit of -15 points or more. Deficit points are calculated as follows: multiply the number of credit hours for each course taken by the points for the grade received, A=+2, B=+1, C=0, D=-1, F=-2. Add the points of each course taken during the semester. The total equals the deficit points used to determine probation status. Each deficit point equals one hour of B.
  2. Continuing students will be dismissed at the end of any term in which their cumulative deficit points (see above) are -15 or more.
  3. Failure to earn any credit.
  4. Failure to earn at least a 1.00/4.00 (D) average for a term.
  5. Failure to earn at least a 2.75/4.00 while on probation.
  6. Failure to meet conditions of probation.
  7. Failure to meet conditions specified at the time of admission.
  8. Failure to make progress toward completion of the UPA degree.
  9. Two or more consecutive terms of University withdrawals.

The dean may waive the dismissal rules in extraordinary circumstances.

Appeal of a Dismissal Decision

Students who have been dismissed by the college may apply for readmission after two terms (excluding the summer session). Students who can document that poor academic performance was the result of significant extenuating circumstances, such as a long-term or debilitating illness or personal crisis, may petition for immediate reinstatement. The student must make arrangements for an interview, with supporting documentation, with the director of UPA or dean prior to the first day of instruction of the new term.

Change of Course Schedule—Dropping Courses

Undergraduate students may drop courses using my.UIC through the end of the second week of classes for fall and spring semesters, the first Wednesday of Summer Session 1, or the first Friday of Summer Session 2. During weeks 3 through 10 of the fall and spring semesters (first Thursday through the second Wednesday of Summer Session 1 or weeks 2 through 5 of Summer Session 2), students may drop courses with the permission of their major college. If the drop occurs between 0 and 2 weeks in fall and spring, there will be no notation on the transcript. If the drop occurs during weeks 3 through 10 in fall and spring (first Thursday through the second Wednesday of Summer Session 1 or weeks 2 through 5 of Summer Session 2), a W is noted on the transcript. Undergraduate students may drop a maximum of 4 UIC individual courses that result in a W notation on their transcript during their entire undergraduate degree program.

Class Attendance

Each instructor may establish his/her own attendance policy, including penalties for nonattendance. Failure to attend classes does not result in automatic withdrawal from a course. The college expects that students will attend all classes.

Course Prerequisites

A student must satisfy the prerequisites before enrolling in a course. A student enrolling in a course without having met the prerequisites may be withdrawn from the course. Course prerequisites are listed in both the course descriptions in this catalog and the Schedule of Classes. Only the instructor may waive the prerequisite, if given evidence that the student is adequately prepared to pursue the subject.

Credit/No Credit Option

The credit/no credit option allows the student to complete a course with a grade of credit (CR) or no credit (NC) instead of a letter grade. Courses completed with a grade of CR carry credit and apply toward degree requirements. In general, grades of CR and NC are final and cannot be changed to letter grades. The UPA program’s policy coincides with campus policy with the following conditions:

  1. Only students in good standing may elect to take a course under the credit/no credit option. Students on probation and those whose status is undetermined at the time at which they elect the option are not eligible.
  2. A student may request only one course per term as credit/no credit.
  3. No more than two courses in a single discipline may be taken as credit/no credit.
  4. Only elective courses may be taken on a credit/ no credit basis; courses being used to meet any graduation course requirements must be taken for letter grades.
  5. The following describes the restrictions that apply to all students regardless of major or curriculum:
    1. Students may not take English 160 or 161 as credit/no credit.
    2. Students may not take any course used to satisfy the foreign language requirement as credit/no credit.
    3. Students may not take any course used to satisfy the General Education Core requirements as credit/no credit. Until students have completed the minimum requirement in each General Education Core category, courses from these areas may not be taken as credit/no credit.
    4. Students may not take any course used to satisfy the quantitative reasoning requirement as credit/no credit.
    5. Students may not take any course being used to satisfy the requirements of the UPA major or required prerequisite and collateral courses of the major as credit/ no credit.
  6. A student may earn no more than 21 semester hours of credit at UIC under the credit/ no credit option.

Students must apply to take a course credit/no credit at the UPA office, CUPPA Hall, no later than the tenth day of the term (first Wednesday of Summer Session 1 or first Friday of Summer Session 2). After that date, students may not request courses on a credit/no credit basis nor may they change a credit/no credit request previously submitted. It is the responsibility of the student to determine eligibility under the regulations. Students will be informed if they are ineligible and will receive a grade for the course. Students with questions concerning their eligibility should make an appointment with the director of the UPA program.

Double Major, Double Degrees, and Second Bachelor’s Degree

Double Major

This option is not available in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs.

Double Degrees

Double degrees consist of two bachelor’s degrees completed concurrently. Double degrees with the Urban and Public Affairs program and a program in another college may be possible. Students should consult the college section of the catalog for the second degree program to determine if this option is available.

Students seeking two bachelor’s degrees concurrently must formally request acceptance into the second degree program. Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond those required for the first degree and all requirements for each of the degree programs as specified by the college and major department. All students interested in double degrees should discuss this option with an advisor.

Double degrees are not permitted when there is substantial course overlap between the first and second degrees.

Students who obtain double degrees receive a diploma for each degree. No more than two bachelor’s degrees may be awarded concurrently.

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree at UIC or another institution are required to follow the same application procedures as all other applicants in order to pursue a second bachelor’s degree. Students must complete all requirements for the second degree as specified by the college and the major department, including a minimum of 30 semester hours beyond those required for the first degree. The UIC enrollment residence requirement must also be met, i.e., the last 30 semester hours for the second degree must be taken at UIC. A second bachelor’s degree is not permitted when there is substantial course overlap between the first and second degrees.

Graduate-Level Courses for Undergraduate Students

With program approval from the UPA director and permission from the professor, an undergraduate student may enroll in a course in the Graduate College (400- or 500-level) for undergraduate elective credit. Prior to enrollment, students must obtain approval and must have met course prerequisites.

Students should understand that graduate-level courses taken by an undergraduate student are generally not applicable toward a graduate degree.

Independent Study

A student must have a minimum 2.75/4.00 grade point average in all course work taken at UIC and must obtain consent of the instructor and the UPA program prior to registration. No student may enroll in an independent study course after the tenth day of the term without approval of the UPA program.

Petition Procedure

Any rule, regulation, or action of the UPA program may be appealed in writing. Petitions are submitted to the UPA office, CUPPA Hall. It is the student’s responsibility to provide documentation in support of the petition. Submission of a petition does not imply approval.

Registration Approval

All new students are required to attend an orientation program prior to registration. Certain students or groups of students may be required to see an advisor prior to registration.

Repeat Policy for Standard Graded Courses

Students may repeat a course to increase their knowledge of the subject matter. There are circumstances under which repeating a course is advisable and to a student’s advantage. There are also circumstances where repeating a course may disadvantage a student and narrow a student’s options. The UPA program requires students to discuss any plan to repeat a course with their academic advisor before they register to repeat the course.

Courses with A or B grades may not be repeated. Normally, courses with a C grade may not be repeated. Courses with D or F grades may be repeated once without written permission. In all cases, the original grade for the course and the grade for each repeat will appear on the transcript. The original grade will be calculated into the grade point average, unless the student initiates a request for Repeating a Course with Grade Point Average Recalculation as described below. Only one registration for the course counts toward the total number of credits required for graduation. A course cannot be repeated after receiving credit in a course for which the repeat course is a prerequisite.

To repeat a course more than once due to a grade of D or F requires written permission from the student’s college dean. Students who have been dismissed may not appeal on the grounds of intention to repeat courses. Certain courses may not be repeated; students should consult their college before repeating a course.

Repeating a Course with Grade Point Average Recalculation

Important Note: Grade point average recalculation for a repeated course is not automatic. The student must initiate a request in the college office as outlined below.

For the grade point average recalculation policy to apply, a student must declare to his or her college the intent to repeat a course for a change of grade. Students must submit this request to their college before the end of the official add/drop period, no later than the second Friday of the fall and spring semesters, the first Wednesday of Summer Session 1, or the first Friday of Summer Session 2. The course must be repeated within three semesters of the receipt of the original grade, and it must be taken at UIC. Only one registration for the course counts toward the total number of credits required for graduation.

Undergraduate students are allowed grade point average recalculation in up to four repeated courses. Under the course repeat policy, all courses taken and their grades appear on the transcript in the semester in which they were taken. Under the grade point average recalculation policy, the grade earned the first time the course is taken will be dropped from the calculation of the cumulative GPA and the grade(s) earned when the course is repeated will be used in the calculation. This rule holds, even if the second grade is lower than the first. If a course is repeated more than once, the first grade is not counted in the GPA, but all other grades for that course are calculated in the cumulative GPA.

Transferring

Students currently enrolled at UIC who want to transfer into the College of Urban and Public Affairs should complete an Intercollege Transfer Application available at the UPA program office, CUPPA Hall. Students are welcome to discuss possible admission to UPA with the director. Requests must be initiated by the Friday of the eleventh week of the fall and spring semesters and the fourth week of the summer session. Admission to UPA is limited to those students in good academic standing who have a UIC grade point average of at least 2.75/4.00 and whose combined UIC and transfer grade point average is at least 2.75. Those students who are accepted into UPA are expected to enroll immediately in courses that fulfill the UPA degree requirements.

Students applying to UPA as transfers must have earned at least 60 semester hours of credit and must submit complete transcripts from all postsecondary institutions. Provided space is available, a minimum 2.75/4.00 grade point average is required for consideration. Please consult the Admissions section of the catalog for more information.

The UPA student who wants to transfer into another UIC college must follow the procedures of that college. Students interested in other colleges should contact those colleges directly.


Minors

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs offers the following minors. Please see departmental listings for more information.

Minor Department Hours
Public Policy Public Administration 15
Urban Planning and Policy Urban Planning and Policy 12

Academic Advising

Advising Policy

The Urban and Public Affairs undergraduate program encourages the intellectual growth and development of the student as an individual. Newly admitted students are required to participate in a small group advising session prior to their initial registration. To arrange an advising appointment, students may call (312) 413- 2565 or (312) 413-2292 or come to the UPA program office, CUPPA Hall, Suite 316.

Students should consult the UPA director or other appointed academic advisor at least once during the first term in residence and at least once an academic year thereafter. The students’ UPA advisor assists students in individual program planning and course selection, as well as discusses with students the feasibility of various career paths based on interest and academic performance. Additionally, advisors can explain college and program rules and requirements and can help resolve special registration problems. In conjunction with this, advisors refer students to additional resources on campus.

The responsibility for selecting courses and meeting graduation requirements rests with the students, who must plan intelligently to make their programs consistent with their goals and with college requirements.


Academic Honors

University Honors

The college recognizes and conforms with the campus-wide honors program. University Honors are awarded to graduating students whose cumulative grade point average falls within the following honors categories:

Summa cum laude: 3.90 and above
Magna cum laude: 3.75 to 3.89
Cum laude: 3.50 to 3.74

Transfer students must have earned a minimum of 42 hours at the University of Illinois at Chicago at the end of the term prior to the term of graduation and have a minimum of 60 hours completed at UIC upon graduation.

In addition, transfer students must have an institutional (UIC) grade point average of 3.50 in order to qualify for University Honors.

Dean’s List

Exceptional academic achievement in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs is recognized each term by inclusion on the Dean’s List. Eligibility is based on a 3.50/4.00 term GPA with a minimum program of 12 semester hours, exclusive of basic military science and basic activity courses in physical education. At least 9 semester hours must be earned for letter grades, in addition to a grade of Credit earned in any course taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Sample Course Schedules

Sample Course Schedule—BA in Urban and Public Affairs

Junior Year
Fall Semester Hours
UPA 300—Introduction to Urban Policy Processes 3
UPA 301—Political Economy of Urban Development 3
UPA 303—Urban Government I: Managing the Internal Environment 3
Two Electives outside of UPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 6
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
UPA 305—Urban Government II: Managing the External Environment 3
UPA 306—Urban Policy Analysis Methods 3
UPA 308—Globalization and Urban Public Affairs 3
Elective in UPA, UPP or PA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
One Elective outside of UPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Total Hours
15
Senior Year
Fall Semester Hours
UPA 304—Visualizing the City: Methods & Tools for Representing the City 3
UPA 493—Special Topics in Urban and Public Affairs 3
UPA 494—Senior Capstone Experience 3
Two Electives outside of UPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 6
Total Hours
15
Spring Semester Hours
UPA 309—Public Finance and Budgeting 3
UPA 495—Senior Capstone Experience 3
Elective in UPA, UPP or PA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Two Electives outside of UPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 6
Total Hours
15

Sample Course Schedule—BA in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Public Administration

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Hours
ENGL 160 3
Foreign Language 101 4
Understanding the Individual and Society course 3
Understanding the Past course 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester Hours
ENGL 161 3
Foreign Language 102 4
Analyzing the Natural World course (lab recommended) 3–5
Understanding U.S. Society course 3
Understanding the Creative Arts course 3
Total Hours
1618
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Hours
Foreign Language 103 4
ECON 120 4
Exploring World Cultures course 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total Hours
17
Spring Semester Hours
Foreign Language 104 4
Elective outside of  CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total Hours
16
Summer Session Hours
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Additional General Education course from any category 1–3
Total Hours
4–6
Junior Year
Fall Semester Hours
UPA/PA 300 3
UPA/UPP 301 3
UPA/PA 303 3
UPA/UPP 304 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Topics Course: UPA/UPP 492 or UPA/PA 493 3
Total Hours
18
Spring Semester Hours
UPA/PA 305 3
UPA/UPP 306 3
UPA/UPP 308 3
UPA/PA 309 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Total Hours
15
Summer Session Hours
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
UPA/PA 499—Independent Study 1
Total Hours 4
Senior Year
Fall Semester Hours
MPA Core Course 4
MPA Core Course 4
UPA Capstone: UPA/UPP 494 or UPA/UPP 496 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Total Hours
14
Spring Semester Hours
MPA Core Course 4
MPA Core Course 4
MPA Concentration Course 4
Total Hours 12
Summer Session Hours
MPA Core Course 4
PA Field Experience*
Total Hours
4
*PA Field Experience can be completed in the summer with permission of department, but registration for the related seminar will take place in the following fall.
Year 5
Fall Semester Hours
MPA Core Course 4
MPA Concentration Course 4
PA 490 4
MPA Core Course 4
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester Hours
MPA Core Course (MPA 590) 4
MPA Concentration Course 4
MPA Elective 4
Total Hours
12

Sample Course Schedule—BA in Urban and Public Affairs/Master of Urban Planning and Policy

Freshman Year
Fall Semester Hours
ENGL 160 3
Foreign Language 101 4
Understanding the Individual and Society course 3
Understanding the Past course 3
Quantitative Reasoning 3
Total Hours
16
Spring Semester Hours
ENGL 161 3
Foreign Language 102 4
Analyzing the Natural World course (lab recommended) 3–5
Understanding U.S. Society course 3
Understanding the Creative Arts course 3
Total Hours
16–18
Sophomore Year
Fall Semester Hours
Foreign Language 103 4
ECON 120 4
Exploring World Cultures course 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total Hours 17
Spring Semester Hours
Foreign Language 104 4
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
Total Hours
16
Summer Session Hours
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Additional General Education course from any category 1–3
Total Hours
4–6
Junior Year
Fall Semester Hours
UPA/PA 300 3
UPA/UPP 301 3
UPA/PA 303 3
UPA/UPP 304 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Topics Course: UPA/UPP 492 or UPA/PA 493 3
Total Hours
18
Spring Semester Hours
UPA/PA 305 3
UPA/UPP 306 3
UPA/UPP 308 3
UPA/PA 309 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Total Hours 15
Summer Session Hours
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
UPA/PA 499—Independent Study 1
Total Hours
4
Senior Year
Fall Semester Hours
UPP 502 4
MUPP Concentration Course, UPP 500, or UPP 501 4
UPA Capstone: UPA/UPP 494 or UPA/UPP 496 3
Elective outside of CUPPA (200-, 300-, 400-level) 3
Total Hours
14
Spring Semester Hours
UPP 505 4
UPP 506 4
MUPP Concentration Course 4
UPP 500, UPP 501, or MUPP Elective 4
Total Hours 16
Summer Session Hours
UPP 500 or UPP 501 4
UPP 590—Professional Practice Experience 4
Total Hours
8
 
Year 5
Fall Semester Hours
MUPP Concentration Course 4
MUPP Elective 4
MUPP Elective 4
Total Hours
12
Spring Semester Hours
UPP 597 (Project) or UPP 598 (Thesis) 4
MUPP Elective, MUPP Concentration Course,
or UPP 598 (Thesis)
4
MUPP Elective or UPP 598 (Thesis) 4
MUPP Elective or UPP 598 (Thesis) 4
Total Hours
16