Who we are:
For over 50 years, we in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning have been active in the core missions of teaching, research, and outreach. Since inception in the 1960s, we have granted roughly 1200 graduate degrees and forwarded a progressive and interdisciplinary approach to the theory and practice of planning. As a department of both the College of Letters and Science and the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, our faculty, affiliates, and students provide links between the array of academic disciplines and knowledge bases necessary to address key planning problems found in the real world.
The Department of Urban and Regional Planning has three core missions of teaching, research, and outreach. First, our professional masters curriculum actively prepares graduate students to become competent, creative and effective practicing planners while our doctoral program trains students in planning research for their entry into academia. Second, we create new knowledge through multidisciplinary research relevant to planning; scholarship that is published in peer-reviewed journals, books, monographs, and technical reports. Third, we engage the Wisconsin Idea through professional planning activities and service to communities throughout the state and beyond in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin - Extension, a variety of public agencies, planning consulting firms and other private and non-profit sector organizations.