Urban Studies & Planning

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Urban Studies & Planning

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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.

Announcements

(March 28, 2018)

James H. Ring Graduate Scholarship Awarded to Three Master of Urban Planning Students

Three Master of Urban Planning students were awarded the James H. Ring Graduate Scholarship for 2018. Tracy Chu, Philip Neumann, and Molivann Phlong were each awarded a $1000 scholarship in recognition of their outstanding academic records in the Master of Urban Planning program. The award is made possible through the generous donations of distinguished CSUN Urban Studies and Planning alumnus James H. Ring, who graduated with the class of 1972. Congratulations Tracy, Philip, and Molivann!

 

(March 7, 2018)

CAPE Career Track Scholarship Available to CSUN Urban Studies & Planning Students

The California Association of Professional Employees (CAPE) represents more than 2,700 Los Angeles
County professional employees working in hundreds of job classifications, including planners at the
Department of Regional Planning. To highlight the professional opportunities for students and graduates
available through the county, CAPE is sponsoring a $2,500 scholarship for CSUN Urban Studies & Planning
students.

To be eligible to apply, students must be a major in Urban Studies and Planning and projected to graduate in Spring
2019 or Fall 2019. Applicants for the scholarship must submit the following:

a) A cover letter expressing your interest in applying for the CAPE Scholarship and allowing department faculty
to review your academic record and GPA.
b) An up-to-date resume.
c) An essay of at least 500 words explaining your career goals. Specifically, your essay should address why want
to pursue a career in urban or regional planning, urban studies, or a closely related field (e.g., appraiser or
community development). You should also identify your short and long-term career aspirations. Finally, you
should also discuss any pertinent experiences you have as a volunteer, intern, or employee.
d) Deadline for submission is Friday, March 30 to Dr. Zeynep Toker at .

Dr. Zeynep Toker
Chair, Department Scholarship
Committee
Department of Urban Studies
and Planning
Sierra Hall 214D
818-677-2872

For more information about a professional career with the County of
Los Angeles, visit the CAPE website at www.CAPEunion.org.

 

(March 2, 2018)

Department of Urban Studies and Planning

California State University, Northridge

James H. Ring Undergraduate Scholarship Awards

2017-2018

The James H. Ring Undergraduate Scholarship Award was inaugurated during the spring semester of 2001 and offered annually thereafter. This financial award to Urban Studies and Planning majors is made possible through the donation of James H. Ring a distinguished alumnus who graduated from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning in the class of 1972. The intent of the award is to help students achieve their academic and career goals.

Three individual scholarship awards of $1,000 will be made.

Interested applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Be a major in Urban Studies and Planning
  2. Be a junior (e.g. specifically applicants must have between 60 and 100 units by the end of spring semester 2018).   
  3. Submit an essay of at least 500 words clearly indicating how the recipient will use the scholarship to assist in achieving career objectives.
  4. Attend the department ceremony where the scholarship is awarded.

The faculty committee reviewing the applications believes strong candidates should:

  1. Have a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.2.
  2. Have a GPA of at least 3.5 for all courses taken for the Urban Studies and Planning major.
  3. Demonstrate meaningful service activity through participation in campus or community organizations.

Applicants must submit the requested materials by 30 March 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Zeynep Toker, Ring Scholarship Committee Chair, Department of Urban Studies and Planning (818) 677-2872 or 2904 or email Zeynep.toker@csun.edu. Submit materials to:

Professor Zeynep Toker
James H. Ring Scholarship Committee
Department Urban Studies and Planning, SH 214A
California State University Northridge
Los Angeles, CA 91330

 

(January  22, 2018)

JAMES H. RING LAB: OPEN HOURS (SPRING 2018 SEMESTER ONLY)

Monday: 8:00 am to 11:00 am AND 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm 

Wednesday: 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm AND 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 12:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Sunday: CLOSED

 

(October 4, 2017)

The Master of Urban Planning program is now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 cycle! The priority application deadline is March 2nd, 2018.

You may also contact and/or schedule an appointment with our graduate advisor to learn more about the program:
Dr. Zeynep Toker, Graduate Advisor and Associate Professor

818-677-2872

 (October 4, 2017)

JAMES H. RING LAB: OPEN HOURS (FALL 2017 SEMESTER ONLY)

Monday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm AND 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Tuesday: 12:15 pm to 3:30 pm AND 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm

Wednesday: 11:00 am to 2:00 pm AND 3:15 pm to 6:00 pm

Thursday: 12:15 pm to 3:30 pm

Friday: CLOSED

Saturday: 12:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Sunday: CLOSED