Academic offerings: Public Policy Studies devotes a good deal of its classroom time in the Urban Affairs major to the environment. There are courses on the metropolitan environment, classic studies of city dynamics, urban ecology and environmental policy, and the geographic information systems that are so vital in tracking ecological effects.
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 an environmental planner, or federal Environmental Protection Agency employee.