Welcome to the Department of Community and Regional Planning.
Our department is committed to preparing students with the understanding, values and skills that enable positive contributions in a rapidly changing world. We are specifically focused on professional practice grounded in the three pillars of sustainability: equity, economy and the environment.
We offer a bachelor’s degree in Community Development and a master’s in Community and Regional Planning in addition to certificate programs and minors, such as Sustainable Food Systems and Ecological Planning and Design. While based at Temple University Ambler, we video conference courses to Temple’s Harrisburg and Center City campuses. We also offer general education and undergraduate courses at Main Campus.
The accredited Community and Regional Planning curriculum has a core emphasis on environmental planning, policy and politics, and advanced computer applications. Our planning students are engaged in the cutting edge of professional practice having garnered 10 regional and state awards since 2006. Program alumni are employed in all levels of government as well as the private and nonprofit sectors. Two of our alumni hold academic positions having completed their doctorates. Three others are Presidential Management Fellows, a highly competitive program that enabled them to secure positions with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Forest Service.
We initiated a new bachelor’s degree in Community Development in fall 2013. We are particularly excited about this new major as it complements and strengthens our existing focus on planning. The Community Development program provides students with the skills to empower culturally, economically and geographically disadvantaged communities to define goals and implement strategies to improve the quality of life. This major is offered as a “4+1” program in which qualified students will be able to take graduate planning courses in their junior year, enabling them to complete the master’s degree with just one additional year of study.
Our programs are directed toward those students who want to develop their capacity to engage communities in achieving environmental and social equity goals. We have a faculty with extensive community development and planning experience and a deep commitment to societal change. Our small class sizes offer our diverse student body a personalized educational experience. When they complete their studies, they stop being our students and instead become our colleagues, working toward our shared goals of healthier, just and sustainable communities.
Deborah Howe, Ph.D., FAICP
Professor of Community and Planning
Chair of the Department of Community & Regional Planning