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Program Features

Our passion for teaching students the knowledge, skills and values they will need to be confident, principled, and visionary planners is reflected in the five key features we’ve integrated across our program and curriculum:

PHYSICAL PLANNING AND DESIGN
We emphasize physical planning and design throughout our curriculum. Housed within the College of Architecture and Planning, we work closely with the Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, and Historic Preservation programs to provide students access to a comprehensive education rooted in physical planning. physical-600

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT
We infuse throughout our program significant opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience and have direct interaction with the region’s planning professionals. We use Colorado’s diverse urban and natural landscapes as a real-world classroom for students to experience, analyze, and plan the physical environment. experiential-600

SELF-DIRECTED CURRICULUM
We offer students the ability to craft an education suited to their career goals and interests. Students may choose any combination of elective courses, whether oriented toward one of our Program Initiatives, a traditional specialization like Transportation Planning or Community Development, or a generalist survey of the planning field.
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INNOVATIVE PLANNING TECHNOLOGIES
We integrate innovative planning technologies into many of our program’s courses and activities. We capitalize on the Denver region’s entrepreneurial spirit and tech-focused economy to provide students access to state-of-the-art planning technologies and to teach them how to use these tools as critical components of the planning process.
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INTERNATIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
We provide students the opportunity to study planning from an international perspective. By offering lecture courses that focus on global planning issues and studios that involve on-site coursework in other countries and collaborations with universities abroad, we can help students expand their personal and educational worldviews. international-600

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