Urban Studies Paper on Urban Planning and Economics
As more industries realize that good business equals success, more students are seeking economic courses. With so many qualified applicants having attained excellence in urban planning and practical sciences, an additional major in economics and urban planning will create a mark of distinction for me. As a childhood ambition, I have always wanted to delve into the profession of planning. Like any other young student who takes his or her studies seriously, I would like to grab a combination of both urban planning and economics degrees as this major would help me to fit in the competitive globe. In the world of economics, every resource is limited (Russo and Paul 535). This forms my main concern to have a major in economics. There is a limited time frame for a second degree, but there is always time for an individual to combine two courses within the same institution. Having economics as my second major will not only increase my value in society but will also give me a wider view of coverage and expansive knowledge. This would explain why so many competitive professors are directly involved in world issues. Ambition is priceless and only requires a great dedication, focus, and discipline; I am committed to this end.
This second major, especially in this country, will be used to elevate the living standards of a good number of citizens. The other compelling reason why I would pursue the major in economics is the nature of this institution. The institution has both the human and learning materials required to help me achieve this dream, as I am seeking to pursue a career in policy-related economics in the best graduate school such as this one. Besides, a major in economics and urban planning will help in understanding that good policies increase the range of choices that an individual can make. This is a basic principle of the economists’ worldview, which is deeply rooted in mainstream ideas of social welfare and welfare economics. More choices allow more individuals to obtain higher levels of individual welfare tailored to their specific needs and aspirations (Rose 267). If the set of choices expands, then society is better off as well.
Additionally, when given the opportunity to have a major in economics, the two degrees will complement each other. For instance, the particulars of place are important to an economist, but the field is not a focus of professional outlook. That is, economists do not have much to say about a given place, at least in the way planners conceive of it (Russo and Paul 535). As a result, planners can provide an important substantive contribution to urban economic analysis and planning. Economists, on the other hand, can provide an important reality check on the claims planners make about how and why cities grow and prosper. In conclusion, when granted this opportunity, it would be a first achievement of its kind in the present universities. This would also show that our learning institutions embrace diverse thinking and presentation of utilitarian quality education to the young (Rose 267). As much as the doubling of the degrees might be tiresome, I strongly believe that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I, therefore, present my request with a lot of confidence and aggressiveness to pursue a dual degree.
Rose, Michael C., “INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADAPTABILITY: THE INFLUENCE OF THE SINO-AMERICAN 1+2+1 DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM” (2016). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 267.
Russo, Michael V., and Paul A. Fouts. “A resource-based perspective on corporate environmental performance and profitability.” Academy of management Journal 40.3 (1997): 534-559.