The Department teaches students to apply systematic thinking and cutting-edge knowledge and technology to the problems and challenges of the natural and built environment, and seeks to educate planners who will manage growth and change in order to improve the quality of life for all members of society. From its traditional and still central concern with city design, land use and infrastructure, the scope of the program has expanded to include social policy, transportation, housing, economic development, urban design, information technologies, and the built and natural environments.

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