Academic offerings: The Urban Affairs major in the Public Policy Studies Department offers numerous courses related to the organization of communities. For example, offerings explore the metropolitan environment, classic studies of urban communities, and the forces at work in perpetuating poverty.
Experiential learning: As part of the major, students have to complete an urban internship. Examples include working in a number of major planning and policy-making bodies, including the St. Louis City Mayor's Office, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments, Focus St. Louis, the Board of Aldermen, and the Bi-State Development Agency. Several Urban Affairs courses also offer service-learning opportunities.
Employment opportunities: A degree from the Department of Public Policy Studies offers you opportunities as a community organizer, or urban planner.