I'm a second-year civil engineering major at the University of Alabama, aspiring to attend graduate school for planning. I'm searching for clarification and articulation of the planning profession from a professional, rather than an academic; we have a wealth of the latter whom are rather poor in planning expertise. Among my anxieties in pursuit of the career are:
1) Is Civil Engineering a conducive undergraduate path toward planning? Does the major opens doors, or constrain someone to strictly transit design, etc.? I seek an undergraduate degree that will open opportunities in graduate studies and the career, not become a limiting factor. Not to insinuate any disdain for transit design, I use it only as a case example.
2) As an undergraduate, what work experience would be of the greatest asset before graduate school? The engineering department pushes Co-op diligently, but I worry the associated employment has little to do with planning. What could I do to obtain pertinent work experience?
3) Aside from engineering coursework, what classes ought I take while an undergraduate? I greatly enjoy microeconomics and geography, but because of my altogether different major, I could never attain the more in-depth upper-level courses.
All thoughts and advice are welcome, and for your time I thank you dearly.