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CofC awaiting approval to launch graduate degree in urban design

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The College of Charleston is planning to offer a master's program in urban design in the fall, pending approval by the college’s accrediting body.

The College of Charleston could offer a  graduate program in urban design as soon as this fall. (Photo/Ashley Heffernan)Assistant professor Nathaniel Walker, who works in the college’s Department of Art and Architectural History, said in a news release that the new master’s degree was launched in direct response to public outcry over “very large and very mediocre” buildings on the Charleston peninsula.

The proposed degree will focus on topics such as historic preservation, sustainability, public policy, urban planning and economics, the news release said.

“We will teach students the lessons of Charleston, for the benefit of our city and to serve the rest of the world,” Walker said in the news release.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, CofC’s accrediting body, must still approve the new program. The college already offers a master’s degree in historic preservation as a joint program with Clemson University.

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