Urban Planning

What and Why?

You might ask yourself, "What exactly is urban planning?" Simply put, urban planning is the art of turning space into place. As an urban planner, you will design and facilitate the development of livable communities in both small and larger urban areas.

As communities continue to evolve through development and population growth, instead of reacting to these changes, communities are choosing to control their own fate through planning. That’s where you come in.

As an urban planner, you can help communities chart their future growth by helping them prepare socioeconomic and physical design plans. These plans take into consideration the needs of community residents, and through those plans, communities are able to enhance their quality of life, preserve the physical and natural environment, and promote economic growth.

What is Urban Planning?
Urban planning is a formal and deliberate approach to managing and influencing the growth and development of communities. Urban planners design and facilitate the development of livable communities in both small and large urban areas.

Why Study Urban Planning?
Communities are constantly changing through development and population growth. Rather than reacting to these changes, most communities choose to control their own fate through planning. As an urban planner, you can help communities chart their future growth by helping them prepare socio-economic and physical design plans. These plans take into consideration the felt needs of community residents and through them communities are able to preserve and enhance their quality of life, preserve the physical and natural environment, and promote economic growth.

Why Study Urban Planning at Ball State?
As the department with the only accredited urban planning programs in the State of Indiana, our mission is to provide leadership in the education of planning professionals through a hands-on, community-based reflective learning, and to promote innovation in planning practice.

In order to achieve this mission we: i) provide leadership in the design and building of regenerative communities, ii) espouse an experiential approach to planning education that incorporates an understanding of planning from a global and multicultural perspective, iii) adopt a symbiotic and proactive leadership relationship with planning professionals to continuously inform our teaching practices and use our research findings to influence planning practice.   Learn more about our unique approach and view the learning objectives for our programs.