Planning and Public Policy (762)

The Bloustein School offers major and minor programs in planning and public policy.

The planning and public policy major leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The major prepares students for entry-level jobs in the public and private sectors, especially in the fields of community development, government service, land use, real estate, transportation, and health policy, and for graduate education in public administration, public policy, and urban planning. To pursue the major, students must apply and be admitted to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy by completing the Application for Declaration of Undergraduate Major form. Applicants must have at least a 2.50 cumulative gpa and a grade of C or better in the prerequisite courses in order to declare the public health major. Completion of the planning and public policy major leads to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree jointly issued with the School of Arts and Sciences.

Students seeking the minor in planning and public policy may declare it without applying for admission to the Bloustein School.


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Planning and Public Policy (762) Major Requirements 

Prerequisites for the Major in Planning and Public Policy (6-7 credits)

(Both must be taken for the major, however, only one needs to be taken to obtain admission status)
10:762:101 Introduction to Planning, Policy, and Health 3
10:762:205 Basic Statistical Methods for Policy, Planning, and Health (4) or a 200-level or higher basic statistics course (3-4) 3-4

Major Requirements (37 credits)

Core Courses (19 credits)
01:220:102  Introduction to Microeconomics 3
01:220:103 Introduction to Macroeconomics or 3
01:790:104 American Government 3
10:762:395 Research Methods * 4*
10:762:400 Internship with Seminar * 3*
10:762:494 Senior Seminar * 3
  At least one of the following:  
01:355:302 Scientific and Technical Writing or 3
01:355:303  Writing for Business and the Professions or 3
01:355:315 Writing Grant Proposals or 3
  a preapproved professional writing course 3
Elective Courses (18 credits)  

Students must complete 18 credits of electives, of which 12 credits must be at the 300 level or higher. Students completing a minor or second major may count only one course from that minor or major as an elective for the planning and public policy major or minor.

Any 762 course counts as an elective, as do the following preapproved elective courses (more electives are listed in Degree Navigator):

01:082:392 Twentieth-Century Architecture 3
01:450:240 Cities (credit not given for this course and 10:762:233 Urban World) 3
01:450:321 Geographic Information Systems (credit not given for this course and 10:762:420 or 10:832:420) 3
01:556:143 Energy and Climate Change 3
01:790:305 Public Policy Formation 3
10:832:338 Health and Public Policy 3
10:832:350 Drugs, Culture and Society 3
10:832:351 Addictions Policy 3
10:832:416 Mental Health and Policy 3
10:832:417 Population: Tools and Society 3
10:832:420 GIS for Health and Planning (credit not given for this course and 10:762:420 or 01:450:321) 3
10:832:476 Immigration Policy (credit not given for this course and 10:762:476) 3
11:372:231 Fundamentals of Environmental Planning 3
11:372:232 Fundamentals of Environmental Geomatics 3
11:372:409 New Jersey Planning Practice 3
11:372:411 Environmental Planning and the Development Process 3
11:374:279 Politics of Environmental Issues 3
11:375:333 Environmental Law I 3
11:375:334 Environmental Law II ** 3**

Planning and Public Policy Minor Requirements (24-25 credits)

Completion of the minor in planning and public policy requires 24-25 credits. Students must complete 9-10 credits of required courses, and five elective courses (15 credits total). Students seeking the minor in planning and public policy may declare it without applying for admission to the Bloustein School. Only courses with a grade of C or better can be counted toward the minor. Students may only take on ONE minor at the Bloustein School.
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Certificate Programs

The Bloustein School offers four certificate programs related to planning and public policy: Community Development, Community Sustainability, Real Estate, and Urban Planning. These certificates are available to all Rutgers University students, including all non-Bloustein School majors and minors, and to postbaccalaureate students with degrees in any discipline. Certificates are awarded only with, or subsequent to, the awarding of a bachelor's degree. Undergraduate students are restricted to courses at the 300 and 400 levels. Postbaccalaureate students may select courses from any level.
  Community Development Certificate 
(Open to students in any major) 
  Real Estate Certificate 
(Open to students in any major) 
  Urban Planning Certificate 
(Open to students in any major)
  Community Sustainability Certificate 
(Open to students in any major)

Articulated 3-1-1 Programs (B.A. or B.S. / M.C.R.P.)

Exceptional, well-prepared students from any Rutgers-New Brunswick matriculating unit who wish to study urban planning are encouraged to seek advising about the 3-1-1 master of city and regional planning (M.C.R.P.) program. 
Course open to Bloustein students in the 762 major only.
**See prerequisites in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences section of the University catalog.

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The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy was established in 1992 to provide a focus for all of Rutgers' programs of instruction, research, and service in planning and public policy. Since its inception, the Bloustein School has emerged as one of the nation's key centers for the theory and practice of planning and public policy scholarship and analysis. Edward J. Bloustein, Rutgers' former president, constitutional scholar, active citizen, philosopher and teacher, lived a life of civic engagement that the school seeks to perpetuate through the contributions of its faculty, staff and students.


For additional information on about the Bloustein School's undergraduate programs, please contact either of our counselors:

Christina Miller
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Bloustein School Civic Square Building; Room 183
Phone: (848) 932-2726

LaToya Fendrick
Coordinator, Undergraduate Student Services
Phone: (848) 932-2701