This fall, Frostburg State University will launch a new major in Urban and Regional Planning. The new interdisciplinary major is a cooperative effort of the departments of geography, economics, political science and sociology to prepare students for careers in urban planning and regional development. Students who complete the program will earn a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning degree.
FSU has been offering courses in urban planning for over 40 years, and over 200 graduates have specialized in urban issues. Rising professional standards for planners, greater levels of urban development, and the increasing demand for urban services in small towns led to the decision to develop a new major. The new program will better prepare students for professional employment, graduate study and certification. It will also be the only undergraduate major in urban and regional planning offered in the state of Maryland.
FSU is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
Students in the urban and regional planning major will complete introductory courses in several social science disciplines, a 33-hour professional core of advanced courses and select a professional focus and elective courses. They may also complete a full or part-time internship as a part of the program.
Professional focuses for students include advanced work in community planning, tourism development, mapping sciences or environmental planning. The community planning focus will be of particular interest to students concerned with social service issues and economically depressed communities. The tourism development focus utilizes two new courses at FSU: The Geography of Tourism and Tourism Planning. The mapping sciences focus allows students to develop expertise in the application of Geographic Information Science to planning problems. The environmental planning focus introduces issues developed more fully in FSU’s Environmental Analysis and Planning major.
Henry W. Bullamore, Professor of Geography, is coordinating the new program. Dr. Bullamore has been on the faculty of FSU for over 16 years and recently returned from teaching small town planning at the University of Turku in Finland on a Fulbright Grant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
For more information, please contact Dr. Bullamore in the FSU Department of Geography at 301-687-4413.
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