Frostburg offering course in planning

June 23, 2002

FROSTBURG, Md. - Frostburg State University will launch a new major in Urban and Regional Planning this fall.

The new interdisciplinary major is a cooperative effort of the departments of geography, economics, political science and sociology to prepare students for careers in urban planning and regional development. Students who complete the program will earn a bachelor of science in Urban and Regional Planning degree.

FSU has been offering courses in urban planning for more than 40 years, and more than 200 graduates have specialized in urban issues. Rising professional standards for planners, greater levels of urban development, and the increasing demand for urban services in small towns led to the decision to develop a new major.

The new program will prepare students for professional employment, graduate study and certification.

Students in the urban and regional planning major will complete introductory courses in several social science disciplines, a 33-hour professional core of advanced courses and select a professional focus and elective courses.


They also may complete a full or part-time internship as a part of the program.

Professional focuses for students include advanced work in community planning, tourism development, mapping sciences or environmental planning. The community planning focus will be of particular interest to students concerned with social service issues and economically depressed communities.

The tourism development focus utilizes two new courses at FSU: The Geography of Tourism and Tourism Planning. The mapping sciences focus allows students to develop expertise in the application of Geographic Information Science to planning problems.

The environmental planning focus introduces issues developed more fully in FSU's Environmental Analysis and Planning major.

Henry W. Bullamore, professor of Geography, is coordinating the new program. For more information, contact Bullamore in the FSU Department of Geography at 1-301-687-4413.

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