Urban and Public Affairs
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
- Civic Leadership (minor in Public Administration)
- Public Health
- International & Global Studies
- On campus:
- 100% on campus
- 100% online
- Combination of online and on campus
BABachelor of ArtsLocationsOn campusFlexibleTotal Credits180Start TermAny
BSBachelor of ScienceLocationsOn campusFlexibleTotal Credits180Start TermAny
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?
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.
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.
Portland State University is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).