Urban and Public Affairs

Undergraduate Program

Urban and Public Affairs

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Urban and Public Affairs Bachelor's Degree Overview

This major is based on the premise that solutions to today’s problems and challenges are 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 major will learn about public, nonprofit, and urban policy through courses in several undergraduate programs 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

Degree Details

Location Definitions:

On campus:
100% on campus
Online:
100% online
Flexible:
Combination of online and on campus
  • BA
    Bachelor of Arts
    Locations
    On campus
    Flexible
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Any
  • BS
    Bachelor of Science
    Locations
    On campus
    Flexible
    Total Credits
    180
    Start Term
    Any

Urban and Public Affairs Bachelor's Degree: Why PSU?

This multidisciplinary degree program affords students flexibility so they can balance learning with work, family, and other life experiences. The major can be completed fully outside of the traditional classroom, and students are welcome to combine online with in-classroom learning. Students also have a wide variety of choices in selecting elective courses from across the disciplines. Courses transferred from other programs may also be used.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree in Urban and Public Affairs?

 

Featured Courses

Internship/Field Experience and Dean’s Seminar: 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.

Electives

Select 5 upper-division electives from the following academic units: CCJ, PA, PS, USP, PHE, ECON, OR INTL. A maximum of 3 of these electives can come from any one participating unit. The other two electives must come from the other participating units.

Accreditation

Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).