2022-2023 Catalog 
    May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban and Public Affairs, MA

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Students will be well prepared for a variety of careers in community-based non-profits; advocacy and public interest organizations; political organizations; governmental agencies; think tanks, philanthropic organizations; and private sector entities; as well as for further graduate study.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a theoretical, practical, and ethical understanding of community change, through practices including public policy advocacy, campaigns, and/or political/community organizing
  • Critically analyze problems in urban and regional policy and politics using a variety of research methods
  • Demonstrate the capacity for effective oral and written communication
  • Evaluate and develop urban and regional policy, while learning to situate models of social change within historical and regional contexts
  • Contribute to informed public discourse around contemporary political and urban policy issues through addressing issues in public policy, advocacy, community organizing, politics, and public service

Major Requirements (33 units)

Additional Requirements

Practical Politics Saturday Workshops

Students must also take three (3) Practical Politics Saturday Workshops. These workshops are offered every semester. Registration takes place through the Program Manager.

Internship (200 hrs)

This intensive internship is required for completion of the degree. Students are expected to successfully complete 200 hours working with an urban or public affairs organization, including political campaigns, advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, community or neighborhood associations, or other similar entities. Internship placement is facilitated by faculty and staff, and directed by an on-site supervisor. Internships can begin early in the first year of the program, but many internships take place in the summer after the first year of coursework. The internship hours must be completed prior to beginning the capstone project, typically at the beginning of the second year of coursework.

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