2019-2020 Catalog 
    Jun 01, 2020  
2019-2020 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

Student 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)

Internship (300 hrs)

This intensive internship is required for completion of the degree. Students are expected to successfully complete 300 hours working with an urban or public affairs organization, including political campaigns, advocacy organizations, governmental agencies, community or neighborhood associations, or other similar entities. This internship is facilitated by faculty and staff, and directed by an on-site supervisor. Internships can begin as early as the second semester, but most internships take place in the summer after the first year of coursework. The internship must be completed prior to beginning the capstone project.

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