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.
Overall, the program has evolved through six phases, each with its own administrative and curricular structure. To learn about how the past shaped the mission and goals of URPL today, read The History of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.