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Urban Affairs, BA

Urban Affairs is an interdisciplinary program offering a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree. The program provides students with an appreciation of the urban environment as a complex system and teaches them to approach urban processes from an interdisciplinary perspective. The Bachelor of Arts degree places emphasis on the qualitative aspects of public service management. In contrast, the Bachelor of Science degree emphasizes quantitative data analysis.

The Urban Affairs major is right for you if you want to make communities better places to live, if you want fix problems such as vacant housing, decaying infrastructure, access to healthy food, ensuring safe neighborhoods, reducing homelessness, city planning, economic development and equal education and job opportunities for future generations.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: Fall / Spring
Estimated Total Tuition: $31,414
Location: FairbornOHUnited States

Career Opportunities

Our graduates work for cities, townships, counties, state and federal agencies, nonprofit corporations, engineering and architectural firms, and development companies. They are state legislators, economic and planning directors, program directors, CEOs of nonprofits, city managers and administrators of all types. They raise funds, fix problems, analyze data, create and implement policy, plan communities and deliver services. They are leaders across the Dayton region and the people behind the scenes making things work.

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  • Foundations of Urban Affairs
  • The American City
  • Ethics in Public Service
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Applied Research Project
  • Urban Affairs Internship
  • Nonprofit Internship

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