Urban Studies Program

Director: Dr. Ebenezer O. Aka, Jr.
Location: Wheeler 319
Office: (404) 681-7573

The Urban Studies Program was established at Morehouse College in 1976. The program enjoys an excellent reputation in the nation, and especially among the universities and colleges in Atlanta that offer Urban Studies and City and Regional Planning programs. The program in Urban Studies at the College is made up of the core curriculum designed to introduce students to the field and prepare them for advanced work, and two concentrations, Urban Management and Urban Planning, designed to provide students with knowledge and competencies specific to each concentration.

Goals and Objectives

  • To advance the state of the art of Urban Studies and Planning education
  • To recognize the need to determine the underlying structural systems of communities;
  • To foster planning in democratic societies by emphasizing not only public interest advocacy, but also political engagement;
  • To train more progressive Black planners who should act as change agents rather than as defenders of the status quo;
  • To be responsive to the users of planning services in the public as well as the Private sector;
  • To provide service to the City of Atlanta and the State of Georgia by translating and applying urban studies training to the solution of specific community problems, more importantly, that pertain to urban pathologies.