Urban Studies & Planning

  • Los Angeles skyline
  • Collage of Urban Studies events/map of Los Angeles
  • San Diego skyline
  • Urban Studies & Planning full-time faculty
  • Aerial view of CSUN campus

Urban Studies & Planning

Looking up at several tall buildings in Los Angeles with wording Los Angeles: Explore, Learn, and Practice in a World Class City


The mission of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning is to prepare students, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, for professional careers in urban studies and planning.  In addition, the department seeks to provide a broad based educational experience, set in the context of the social sciences, which contributes to the development of informed and thoughtful individuals prepared to contribute to the society at large.   Department faculty supports the mission through teaching, research and publication, community outreach and action, and university service.