The UP certificate requires students to take and pass two core courses: WWS 537, Social Organization of Cities, and WWS 538, Urban Economics, along with two elective courses.
When one of these core courses is not offered in a given academic year, an approved substitute is designated, and this has typically been WWS 527a, Implementing Urban Economic Development. A list of approved electives is made available at the beginning of each academic year. Two half-term courses count as one elective. Students who wish to count one non-WWS course toward the certificate requirements must seek advance permission from the UP Faculty Certificate Advisor, Professor Esteban Rossi-Hansberg in 2019-20.
UP certificate students (in WWS) are encouraged to take an urban policy workshop that would count as an elective course. Recent examples include: Smart Cities: Implementing Equitable Transit Initiatives prepared for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Fall 2017; Reforming the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in Fall 2016; Resiliency in Times of Change; Supporting Philadelphia Small Businesses in Gentrifying Neighborhoods in Fall 2015: Strategies for Preventing Youth Violence in Philadelphia’s 22nd Police District: A Report for the Philadelphia Youth Violence Prevention Collaborative in Fall 2014.