Huxley's BA in Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program is nationally accredited through the Planning Accreditation Board
Huxley’s Urban Planning and Sustainable Development (UPSD) major emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to solving complex problems that face communities. The program emphasizes a concern for progressive change that is needed in the design of equitable, healthful, livable, diverse and sustainable communities for present and future generations. The curriculum combines urban planning, sustainable design, policy and environmental science to provide students with an understanding of the linkages between urban and the multidimensional problems in urban development. Our program aspires to serve diverse communities and we encourage students with a breadth of backgrounds and life experiences to apply.
The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to make positive changes towards sustainability in an increasingly complex world. Graduates are prepared for professional careers in planning agencies, consulting firms, and non profit organizations at the local, state, and federal levels of government, as well as advanced graduate study.
The program envisions a society where individuals and groups can fully participate in the planning and development of their communities such that basic needs of safety, shelter, livelihoods and opportunity for self-realization and participation are met for all. Community aspirations, as understood by diverse segments of the community, are discussed freely and form the foundation of planning for a more sustainable future, with special consideration for those who are most marginalized and for the ecological systems that sustain and inspire us.
The mission of the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program is to cultivate students to become future planning leaders who are ethical, knowledgeable, and technically capable to assist communities as they plan more sustainable futures. The Urban Planning program’s mission affirms and works within the broader mission of Huxley College to integrate an outstanding urban planning educational program through faculty-student collaboration, applied research, and professional and community service.
For more information on Huxley's UPSD program, please explore the following documentation:
- Public Information on the UPSD Program
- UPSD Major Program Brochure
- UPSD Application and Course Sequencing
- UPSD Elective Specializations
- UPSD Strategic Plan
- UPSD Diversity Strategy
- UPSD Performance and Program Goal Attainment
- UPSD Graduate Profiles
Or visit the UPSD entry in the WWU Catalog.