I recently enrolled to Portland State University as a transfer student because of interest in urban studies and planning. I declared myself as a community development major in aims to pursue a career in urban design and issues related to downtown revitilization.
Approaching the end of this term I have talked with advisors and tracked my schooling progress and have one year left, three terms of classes before I can graduate with a degree in community development. Through taking classes in this program I have realized that it isnt all I thought it to be unless you plan on moving forward to attend a graduate program in urban planning and the classes have become more and more community based, such as working with non-profits and neighborhood organizations, which really has drained my motivation for the program.
I have taken a few geography courses in relation to my program and I have never used the program GIS but it is very intriguing to me because of its much more visual style of learning and planning. I could finish out my community development major and go for a minor in geography to take a few GIS courses or I could switch my major to Geography, which would be the last term in which this choice would make any sense as far as my progress and how far along I am in school. If I switched my major to Geography I would still have about three terms left maybe having to take one more, but I would also already have to requirements for a minor in community development.
For all the people who are involved in GIS and to the people who work more on a design approach to urban planing and downtown revitilization I would love suggestions on this issue. I love maps and am so intrigued by this program, and have lost a lot of motivation to continue this community based learning I have got myself into.
I also have been looking for internships dealing with GIS for this coming summer of 07', preferably in San Francisco, so if anyone knows of particular places in that city that would be advantageous, or has any other suggestions, or more questions to gain a better understanding of my situation it would be much appreciated.