Flexible BA/BS in Urban and Public Affairs


Many people tell us that they seek a new kind of undergraduate experience—whether they be students coming to a university after high school or community college or they be adults seeking to return to the university to complete undergraduate study to advance their careers. We have been listening. We in the College of Urban and Public Affairs have created a program with innovative features that together create a lively learning platform from which to understand public policy and launch careers aimed at making a real difference.

So what is new about this program? What distinguishes it from other undergraduate programs? Here is what is unique about our BA/BS in Urban and Public Affairs (BUPA).

This major is based on the premise that solutions to today’s problems and challenges must be multifaceted. The best solutions to many problems facing neighborhoods, communities, and the broader society will come from ideas generated in multiple disciplines and varied human experiences. Students in this new major will learn about public, nonprofit, and urban policy through courses in several undergraduate programs (majors and minors) in the College of Urban and Public Affairs:

  • Community Development
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Economics
  • Civic Leadership (minor in Public Administration)
  • Public Health
  • Economics
  • International & Global Studies

We understand that many adult learners need flexibility in undergraduate studies as they balance learning with work, family, and other life experiences. We have a major that can be completed fully outside of the traditional classroom. Online courses across the disciplines form the curriculum of the degree program. Students who wish to combine online with in-classroom learning can also choose that option to complete the UPA major.

Another form of flexibility is found in our electives. Students have a wide variety of choices in selecting courses from across the disciplines mentioned above to satisfy elective requirements. Courses transferred from other programs may also be used.

Finally, this degree program offers students the opportunity for experiential community-based learning through an internship program of their own design as well as the chance, in the Dean’s Seminar, to design their own policy-based project around a topic of personal, professional or career interest. We invite you to explore our innovative program!