Minor in Urban & Regional Development

The Minor in Urban and Regional Development aims to attract students who see a career in policy-making and planning related to urbanization and regional development. For students who plan to take postgraduate degrees in planning, this minor will be an ideal starting point. Rather than direct vocational traning, it will expose students to the various debates and theories of development from various fields such as geography, political economy, and history. The holistic approach will hopefully help produce planners who are not only technically proficient, but also broad in their social outlook. 

The minor is open to ALL undergraduate students of the Loyola Schools except AB DS Majors. AB DS students instead take the specialization.

Grade of C or higher in all the courses taken as part of the minor/specialization.


DEV 187.3i Special Topics in Geography and Development: Introduction to Urban and Regional Development
This is an introductory course that lays down the theoretical, conceptual, and historical basics of urban planning and regional development. It introduces the geospatial aspect of development, with emphasis on the features and processes that have constituted human settlements through different historial periods, culminating in the contemporary city. Drawing on key concepts of geography and urban planning, the course covers economic, social, and physical considerations that are necessary for the building of vibrant urban areas. The course also problematizes the conditions that drive contemporary urban transformations such as suburbanization and the proliferation of informal settlements. (Offered every second semester)

DEV 187.4i Special Topics in Geography and Development: Inclusive Cities
This course argues that excellent urban areas are neither accidental nor entirely spontaneous. Planned-for ingredients of urban success are socio-economic, social, and spatial inclusiveness, environmental sustainability, good governance and creativity. The course facilitates the identification and analysis of social exclusion and inequality in urban spaces, and of emerging urban development strategies and planning interventions that aim to make cities livable to and for all. Key concepts and tools, best practices and instructive historical examples are discussed extensively to enable the students to critically appraise, analyze, and plan for inclusive and sustainable cities. (Offered every first semester)

Electives (9 units) - Please choose from the following:

DEV 181.1i Special Topics in Humanitarian Action: Humanitarian Action in the Philippines
DEV 181.2i Special Topics in Humanitarian Action: Disaster Risk Reduction and Society
DEV 186.14 Special Topics in Development Studies: Local Government
DEV 186.15 Special Topics in Development Studies: Urban Development
DEV 186.16 Special Topics in Development Studies: Rural Development
DEV 186.18 Special Topics in Development Studies: Industrialization
DEV 186.19 Special Topics in Development Studies: Political Economy of Environmental Resources
DEV 186.34 Special Topics in Development Studies: Poverty Studies
DEV 186.44 Special Topics in Development Studies: Issues in Sustainable Development
DEV 186.47 Special Topics in Development Studies: Population and  Development
DEV 186.49 Special Topics in Development Studies: Social Planning and Policy
DEV 187.2 Special Topics in Geography and Development: Radical Geography and the Future of Development
DEV 189.83i Special Topics in Contemporary Development Studies: Survey of Public Health Interventions
ENVI 125i Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENVI 176i Environmental Impact Assessment
SOAN 123.1 Cities and Society
Students may also take other electives as determined by the Program Director.



Please note that among LS guidelines covering Minor Programs are the following:

Number of Units Leading to a Minor or Specialization
1. A program leading to a Minor requires between 12 and 18 units in the field of minor study, provided no more than 6 units are within the student’s regular program of study (i.e., the core and major curricula).  Free electives may be used to count towards the Minor. For programs without free electives, two  Interdisciplinary Electives can count towards the Minor in addition to the 6 units mentioned above.

2. A Specialization requires at least 12 units in the focused area of study within the major field. The Loyola Schools core and required major courses as specified in the curriculum of a major program shall not be counted. Major electives (including the Interdisciplinary Elective-Major) and Free Electives may be used to qualify for the Specialization.

3. At least twelve (12) units leading to the Minor/Specialization must be completed in residence at the ADMU Loyola Schools. These twelve units are inclusive of the six (6) units that may be taken from the student’s regular program of study as specified in Items 1 and 2 above.

4. Double counting of courses between two Minors/Specializations is not allowed (i.e., a required/elective course for one Minor/ Specialization may not be counted towards the completion of another Minor/Specialization). In the event that the same course is required by a student’s second Minor Program, the student must take an additional course to replace that required course.