The Regional Planning minor introduces students to the field of planning and its vital aspects of creating, improving, and sustaining communities, cities, and regions. It provides students with knowledge of how cities and regions function and how they can be transformed through planning, public policy, design, and social action. While it cannot convey the full scope of regional planning, the minor is an excellent addition to many other degree programs and majors at Westfield State.
Students in the Regional Planning minor learn about planning as a profession and an academic discipline that makes important contributions to communities, and to society at large, through planning processes. Planning as a civic activity and its specific social, economic and ecological concerns are highlighted. The importance of planning in different contexts—local, regional and international—are also stressed. Students also learn about planning methodologies, including master plans, geographic information systems (GIS), site planning, data collection and analysis.
Students become aware of the needs of cities and towns and how planners work to address these needs through geographic analysis and public input
Students become aware of career opportunities as professional planners and related job opportunities
The Department of Geography, Planning, and Sustainability (GPS) offers a minor in urban and regional planning that is open to all Westfield State majors. The minor introduces the challenging and vital aspects of creating, improving, and sustaining communities, cities, and regions. It provides students with knowledge of how cities and regions function and how they can transform through planning, policy, design, and social action. While it cannot convey the full scope of regional planning, the minor is an excellent addition to many other degree programs and majors at Westfield State.
Requirements for the Regional Planning Minor
The requirement is 18 credits, twelve (12) of which must be at Westfield State University, as follows:
Foundation - Two GPS Courses (6 credits)
Planning Core - Any two GPS Courses (6 credits)
Planning Specializations - Any GPS Course (3 credits)
- GPS 0204 - Housing in America
- GPS 0233 - Planning (for) Disasters
- GPS 0238 - Environmental Impact Analysis
- GPS 0244 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
- GPS 0245 - Sustainable Energy
- GPS 0251 - Water Resources Planning and Management
- GPS 0314 - Sustainable Transportation
- GPS 0317 - Special Topics in Geography and Planning
- GPS 0325 - Food Systems Planning
- GPS 0350 - Internship in Regional and Environmental Planning
Electives - Any GPS Course (3 credits)
Any course, by advisement, that matches student's interest.
With the Chair of GPS's approval, an upper-level course (200 or 300 level) that another department offers may substitute for no more than two of the GPS courses. Students seeking more information about the minor should contact the GPS Chair.