Planning education began in 1913 at the University of Illinois, and arguably in the United States, with the appointment of Charles Mulford Robinson as professor of civic design.* A principal promoter of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893, Professor Robinson wrote several influential books, including the first guide to city planning, The Improvement of Towns and Cities, in 1901. He also contributed to City Planning, an authoritative handbook of planning methods and practice for students and practitioners published in 1916. Ever since, the University of Illinois has remained an intellectual center of planning education and research.
The University of Illinois offers accredited professional bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as a Ph.D. in planning. This rare three-in-one arrangement creates a critical mass of interest in planning: 25 to 30 doctoral students in residence, 60 master’s students, and over 100 undergraduate majors. It enables doctoral students to build teaching skills by taking master’s courses that will become the foundation for their own teaching careers and occasionally by teaching or co-teaching an undergraduate course.Our Ph.D. program is designed primarily to educate scholars and teachers for university positions, but its emphasis on advanced research skills also serves well those seeking other research careers. It features close collegial research interaction with faculty members combined with coursework in social science and planning theory, research methods and design, and the student’s cross-disciplinary planning and policy field. This combination of studying and doing has proven extremely effective.
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by JanetandPhil|