The Catholic University of America’s four-year, 120-credit-hour undergraduate program in city and regional studies is an interdisciplinary, non-professional degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in City and Regional Studies (B.S.C.R.S.). It prepares students to understand the complex issues that impact the human environment by addressing social, political, economic, environmental, and physical forces. Students develop skills to explore and evaluate not only the physical patterns of cities and their surrounding regions (i.e., the buildings, street networks, open spaces, etc.), but also gain a more holistic insight into the complex challenges of contemporary urban life. They will better understand diverse populations and the forces that impact development.
Students pursue knowledge in a range of disciplines, develop significant writing skills, qualitative and quantitative analytical skills, and gain the capacity to think critically about urbanized places and their stakeholders. Armed with this knowledge graduates can better advocate for social equity and justice in communities in the United States or abroad. Coupled with a minor in sustainability, history, sociology, or politics, the graduate of this program could envision new and innovative alternatives to community challenges thereby improving quality of life. They might work at the scale of the individual or the region in public, private, or non-governmental organizations that focus on community or economic development as well as public policy, public administration, and law, among other areas. A person with the B.S.C.R.S. degree might pursue graduate work in city planning, law, sustainability, social work, and public policy or administration.