Urban Studies & Planning


The Ring of Inspiration

May 10, 2016

James Ring

In an 1,162-word story from the Dec. 7, 2014, edition of the Los Angeles Times, James Ring ’70 (Psychology), ’72 (Urban Studies) isn’t mentioned until the 966th word. His part in the story takes up very little real estate — just 89 words.

If you skimmed the story, you might have missed him. Read more about Jim Ring's inspiring story.

Part-Time Lecturer Openings for CSUN's Urban Studies & Planning Department

February 26, 2016

Oviatt Library

California State University, Northridge

Part-time Lecturers (Temporary)

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge anticipates possible openings for temporary part-time lecturers during the 2016-2017 academic year to teach a range of courses, from introductory to upper division. Detailed position announcements can be found on the department’s website at:


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Dr. Woldeamanuel Publishes New Book on Urban Transportation Planning

February 12, 2016

Concepts in Urban Transportation

Dr. Mintesnot Woldeamanuel, Associate Professor for the Urban Studies and Planning Department, has published a new book: “Concepts in Urban Transportation Planning: The Quest for Mobility, Sustainability and Quality of Life”.

"This book offers solutions for creating sustainable urban transportation. Topics include historical developments, planning, policy and legislative initiatives, nonmotorized and public transportation, environmental and social justice issues, and safety.
The author discusses social, health and economic consequences of autocentric transportation and possible policy measures to address them. The important topic of changing travel behavior is discussed. Chapters contain straightforward concepts, case studies, review questions and ideas for class projects." Available from McFarland Publishers: http://www.mcfarlandbooks.com/book-2.php?id=978-0-7864-9966-3

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M.U.P.: Now accepting applications for Fall 2016!

November 17, 2015

Oviatt Library

The Master of Urban Planning program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 cycle! The application deadline is on March 15, 2016. Please follow the links for more detailed information:

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CSUN PLANS: MOTIVATE on November 4, 2015

November 4, 2015


The Urban Planning Student of Northridge (UPSN) presents:

CSUN Plans: MOTIVATE, Motivational Sessions with Professionals in Planning

Speaker: Robert J. Stanley, Director of Community Development, City of La Cañada-Flintridge
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Time: 4:30-6:30 PM
Venue: University Student Union, Lake Balboa Room (click here for USU Map)
Admission: $7.00 (must be purchased before event)
Good food will be served.

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Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship Award

May 8, 2015

Oviatt Library

Dr. Covington, Associate Professor in Urban Studies and Planning Department, was announced as one of the recipients of Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship Award at California State University, Northridge. She will be recognized at the Honored Faculty Reception on Monday May 18, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. in the USU Grand Salon. Our congratulations to Dr. Covington for this prestigious award!

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Apply to the new Master of Urban Planning Program

May 7, 2015

Oviatt Library

The Master of Urban Planning provides a broad based education in urban planning, especially as it is practiced in the State of California, where a wide range of state laws and mandates have created a planning environment which is distinct from its practice in much of the rest of the United States.  Read more


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