Community Planning Minor

The minor in Community Planning is for students from all academic fields who want to expand their knowledge of the processes involved in community planning and development.


The minor requires a total of 18 credits. Nine of the 18 credits are required courses and the remaining are elective courses.

Required introductory course:

  • CPL 410: Fundamentals of Community Planning Practice

In addition, you must complete six credits from the following list:

  • CPL 391: Directed Study in Community Planning
  • CPL 434: Introduction to Environmental Law
  • CPL 450: Urban Design
  • CPL 485: Environmental Planning
  • CPL 538: Site Planning

A maximum of 3 credits of CPL 391 can be applied toward the required courses of the minor. Alternatively, 3 credits of CPL 391 can be applied toward the elective courses in the minor.

Nine credits of elective courses from the following list is required in consultation with the community planning minor advisor:

  • AAF/PSC 410: Issues in African Development
  • AAF/PSC 466: Urban Problems
  • CPL/GEG 202: Introductory Urban Geography: Understanding Cities
  • CPL 391: Directed Study in Community Planning
  • CPL 392: Directed Study in Community Planning
  • CPL 397: Field Work in Community Planning
  • CVE 346: Transportation Engineering
  • GEG 101: World Geography
  • GEG 104: Political Geography
  • GEG 200: Human Geography
  • HDF 418: Personal Finance
  • HDF 424: Personal Finance Applications
  • HDF 434: Children and Families in Poverty
  • HDF 440: Environmental Context of Aging
  • LAR 201: Survey of Landscape Architecture
  • LAR 202: Origins of Landscape Development
  • MAR 350/NRS 300: Introduction to Global Issue in Sustainable Development
  • MAF 465: GIS Applications in Coastal and Marine Management
  • MAF 475: Human Responses to Coastal Hazards and Disasters
  • MAF 484: Environmental Analysis and Policy in Coastal Management
  • NRS 415: Remote Sensing Of The Environment
  • NRS 450: Soil Conservation and Land Use
  • PHL 318: Power/Justice: Contemporary Critical Philosophies
  • PSC 221: Islam and Its Civilization
  • PSC 402: Environmental Policy and Politics
  • SOC 214: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 240: Race and Ethnic Relations

A maximum of two courses required in a major program may be used to apply to both the major and the minor field of study.


Interested students should contact Professor Farhad Atash in the West Tower Office of Rodman Hall (third floor), 401.874.2982 or