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CAPPA is the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs at UTA. It is composed of the School of Architecture, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture, and the Department of Public Affairs. Degrees offered include Bachelors degrees in Architecture and Interior Design; Masters degrees in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Public Policy, and Public Administration; and PhDs in Urban Planning, Public Policy, and Public Administration. Undergraduate minors are offered in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Architectural History.

In this feature article on CAPPA in D Magazine, writer Peter Simek maintains: "In one year, Ellin and her team have positioned the college to become something North Texas has never had: a top-tier, university-based think tank poised to have an impact far beyond our boundaries.”