Planners must understand how cities, towns, and regions are structured and how to create and evaluate plans that maintain and improve the quality of life in those communities. The Ambler College Community and Regional Planning program provides students with a broad-based understanding and awareness of multi-dimensional land-use and planning issues.
Students develop an understanding of the physical and economic issues of planning, a sensitivity to the social and environmental impact of planning decisions, and a knowledge of the governmental structures as they apply to planning.
To address planning issues, students will acquire problem-solving skills - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computer skills, site planning, planning and zoning law, research and design methods, negotiation and mediation abilities, and communication skills-- and will experience working in teams and the real-life world of a required internship.
Students with degrees in Planning have many employment options in the public and private sectors. There is an urgent need for planners in this region and throughout the nation.
Minor in Community and Regional Planning
Students in the School of Environmental Design (except for CRP majors) as well as students in other colleges, schools, and departments may choose to minor in Community and Regional Planning. Through this minor students undertake formal studies about public planning, thereby preparing themselves for contributions as informed citizens, civically engaged professionals, or ultimately as professional planners. The minor provides students with the background and with stronger credentials to apply for graduate level work in planning.
In this 18 credit minor, the required courses provide common background in the basics of planning, including history, theory, comprehensive planning and its components, ethics and principles of planning practice with particular emphasis on citizen participation, and exposure to a range of analytical methods for understanding community planning issues. The four electives allow students to explore interests in different facets of community planning: land use, housing, economic development, transportation, sustainability and environmental planning.
Students must complete successfully each of the following courses with a grade of C- or better and a cumulative average of 2.0 or higher for all courses in the minor:
Introduction to Community and Regional Planning
Community Planning Analysis
Select four CRP courses numbered 1000 -3999 (except CRP 3889)
Note: One of the four electives may be a course from another subject approved by a School of Environmental Design advisor.
A student may not double-counted any course for the Minor in CRP toward any other major, minor, or certificate.
At least half of the courses for the minor must be taken at Temple University.