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Urban Planning/American Studies Joint Degree

This program combines into two and one-half years of study (plus time required for the M.A. Thesis) the normal two-year Master of Urban Planning degree offered by the School of Architecture and Urban Design (48 credit hours) and the normal one-year Master of Arts degree in American Studies (30 credit hours) offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A program of 60 credit hours is required. This program is designed for students who intend to engage in planning for the arts, cultural activities and facilities, and historic preservation within urban communities. See also American Studies.

JOINT DEGREE WITH AMERICAN STUDIES LEADING TO THE MASTER OF ARTS IN AMERICAN STUDIES and MASTER OF URBAN PLANNING DEGREE

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES
The relationship between Urban Planning and American Studies is direct. Responsible planning for urban communities requires attention to concerns of urban history, the arts, and cultural dimensions of these communities. Conversely, responsible scholarship and practice in American Studies may require an understanding and competence to deal with the comprehensive character of urban communities including the political, economic, social, and physical factors which influence the planning of a community’s future in public policy terms.

The objective of this program is to meet the needs of both Urban Planning and American Studies for interdisciplinary knowledge by offering a dual degree program for the graduate student who intends to engage in planning for the arts, cultural activities and facilities, and historical preservation within urban communities. This program combines into two and one-half years of study the normal two year Master of Urban Planning (48 credit hours) and the normal one year Master of Arts (M.A.) Degree in American Studies (30 credit hours) offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To be admitted to the combined M.U.P./M.A. program, a student must meet the admission requirements for both degree programs and preferably should be admitted by both programs prior to entrance into the first year of the combined program. A student who decides to enter the combined program after the completion of his or her second semester in the Graduate Program in Urban Planning or in the regular M.A. program in American Studies should discuss their plans with both programs as soon as possible. The student can apply to one program and have the same application considered by the other program. Please note, however, that the Graduate Program in Urban Planning does always require the payment of an application fee.

Admission to the American Studies graduate program is based primarily on the applicant’s undergraduate and/or graduate record, references from persons familiar with the applicant’s work, and a statement of academic objectives prepared by the applicant. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is ordinarily required of all applicants but may not be necessary if the student has shown outstanding achievement through other means. Students should have taken a substantial amount of work in American Studies or in a related field (e.g. American history, literature, art, sociology, anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, journalism). Moreover, prospective students should arrange to take the Graduate Record Examination aptitude test and to have the application fee or specific deadlines for receiving applications. Applications for admission should be submitted to the Chairman, American Studies Program, 2120 Wescoe Hall.

Persons whose previous records indicate ability to succeed with advanced work may be admitted to the Graduate School through the Graduate Program in Urban Planning. Ordinarily, admission requires a bachelor’s degree and a grade-point average of approximately B (3.0 on a 4 point scale) from the University of Kansas or another institution with substantially equivalent requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Persons not holding a bachelor’s degree may be admitted in exceptional cases, but only if they can give convincing evidence of their intellectual attainments by other means. Admission decisions are based on the information supplied in the application materials described below. The Graduate Record Examination is required.

Applications for admission should be submitted to the Chairman, Graduate Program in Urban Planning, 317 Marvin Hall. A complete application consists of:

1. A completed application form.

2. A statement of the applicant’s career goals and substantive interests in urban planning and rationale for undertaking graduate study in urban planning at the University of Kansas.

3. Two copies of official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.

4. Three reference forms or letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on the applicant’s academic abilities and probable success in graduate study.

5. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination.

6. TOEFL scores, if the student’s native language is not English.

7. Payment of the application fee as listed in the Admissions and Applications section.

Application deadlines are noted in the Admissions and Application section, but candidates are urged to submit them as early as possible. It can take considerable time to complete and process an application file, especially if materials are being sent from abroad. Students wishing to be considered for financial aid should submit application materials by January 15.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A. Total Combined Program

 

MUP

              

MA

 

Required Courses for Combined Degree

24 9

Concentration, Elective & Thesis Courses for Combined Program

15 12
TOTAL COMBINED PROGRAM 39 21

B. Urban Planning Courses Required of all Combined Degree Candidates

Required Courses:   Credit

UBPL 705

Economic Analysis for Planners

3

UBPL 736

Planning Institutions

3

UBPL 741

Quantitative Methods I

3

UBPL 742

Quantitative Methods II

3

UBPL 763

Professional Practice

3

UBPL 815

History and Theory of the Planning Process

3

UBPL 850

Urban and Regional Theory

3

UBPL xxx

Concentration Implementation Course

3
    24
 

Concentration Courses in Urban Planning

9
 

Support Courses in Urban Planning

6
 

TOTAL URBAN PLANNING COURSEWORK

39

C. American Studies Courses Required of All Combined Degree Candidates

Required Courses:   Credit

AMS 801

Introduction to American Studies

 

AMS 802

Theorizing America

 

AMS 803

Research Methods in American Studies

 

AMS 804

Research Seminar

 

AMS 899

Thesis 6
    15
 

Elective Support Courses in American Studies

6
 

TOTAL AMERICAN STUDIES COURSEWORK

21

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