The College for Design and Social Inquiry is dedicated to promoting safe, healthy and sustainable communities through education, research and design. We are a unique configuration of professional programs addressing social justice, design, public policy and planning in and for communities. We strive to develop solutions through the integration and synergy of diverse disciplines. In doing so, the College prepares future leaders, scholars, and innovators to advocate for solutions through action.
There are five academic units in our College. The School of Architecture, the School of Public Administration, the School of Urban and Regional Planning, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice and the School of Social Work. Programs from these schools are offered across all five FAU campuses.
Bachelor's degrees in Architecture, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Public Management, Public Safety Administration, Urban and Regional Planning and Urban Design are offered by the College. Master's degrees in Criminology & Criminal Justice, Urban and Regional Planning, Social Work, Public Administration and Non Profit Management as well as a Ph.D. in Public Administration are also offered. Many of the classes are in the evening so that people can increase their professional knowledge and credentials while maintaining their present employment in the community.
The college is also home to several research and service centers including: the Visual Planning Technology Lab, the John Scott Dailey Florida Institute of Government, the Institute for Design and Construction, the Broward Community Design Collaborative, the Child Welfare Institute and the Public Procurement Research Center.
The College for Design and Social Inquiry consists of a diverse group of faculty and staff members from various domestic and international backgrounds, this diversity enhances the teaching, research, and service provided to our students and community. More information about faculty and staff can be obtained in the Contacts Section.
Students from every walk of life find their home in our academic programs. The number of students in both the undergraduate and graduate programs is continually growing. More student information can be obtained from the Prospective Students Section.
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