The Planning for Developing Areas specialization prepares students for the challenges of guiding economic and social development in the context of increasing globalization, commonly defined as the increasing interconnectedness of people, places, and institutions worldwide. Development planners work in urban and rural developing areas around the world. Courses address cross-cutting issues such as globalization, democratization, gender and development, and sustainable development. Courses provide students with an understanding of the legal and institutional context within which planners operate and of sector-specific issues and strategies. Students also develop skills in the preparation of development plans, in the design, management and implementation of development projects, and in participatory planning and research.
Students Specializing in Planning for Developing Areas Must Take the Following Required Courses:
- URP 5610 Introduction to Development Planning
- URP 5616 Project Planning in Developing Countries
Students are Also Required to Take Two Additional Courses Selected From a List of Approved Courses That Include, But are Not Limited to:
- URP 5526 Healthy Cities Healthy Communities
- URP 5541 Gender and Development
- URP 5611 Strategies for Urban and Regional Development in Developing Countries
- URP 5615 Housing and Infrastructure
- URP 5939 Gender and the City
- URP 5939 International Transportation Planning
Prospective students should contact the department’s admissions coordinator for more information about the planning for developing areas specialization. Current students should consult the graduate student handbook for more details about specialization and degree requirements.
Recent Peace Corps Placements (MIP students)
- Dominican Republic
Recent Job Placements
- American Red Cross - coastal Virginia Section
- ABA ROLI Consulting group, Washington, DC
- MEDAIR Disaster Relief, Haiti
- Florida Dept Emergency Mgmt
- SODADE, Haiti
- Best Buddies International - Area Director for Asia and Oceania
- Housing Bureau, Portland, OR
- ANERA, Beirut, Lebanon
- CRS, Brazil
Specialization Research at FSU
Ongoing Research Projects by Faculty and Students
- New towns and new capital cities in Africa
- Women's employment in Columbia
- Resiliency and squatter settlements
- How participatory, multistakeholder urban programs affect health, safety, and well-being in Kerala, India
Recent Published Research by Faculty and Students
- Harris, J., Doan, P. L., & Wilson, K. 2012. Local Development Planning and the Tourism Sector: Prospects for Reducing Volatility in Tourism Impacts in Kenya. International Development Planning Review, 34, 2: 1-23.
- Doan, P. L., & Oduro, C.Y. 2012. Patterns of Population Growth and Access to Infrastructure in Peri-urban Accra. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 36, 6: 1306-1325.