Minors afford students the opportunity to pursue a limited but structured concentration in a coherent field of study outside their major. The minor may be a truncated version of a major or a distinctive intellectual subset of a discipline. Minors are not offered in every field of study, so students should consult with their undergraduate advisor to develop a plan for completing a minor.
The list of undergraduate minors offered at the University of Maryland is extensive, but below are a few of the minors that have been popular with architecture students in the past.
Construction Project Management
A minor in Construction Project Management will prepare students for management careers related to the built environment, such as project management, architectural engineering, design and construction in both the private and public sectors. The Construction Project Management minor will expose students to a basic understanding of daily construction operations at the project and corporate levels and give students a competitive advantage when applying for these jobs.
Students will learn how to manage all phases of operation and management in the construction process including building information modeling, cost estimating, project scheduling, construction financing and planning. In addition, students will study design and contact law, safety requirements and the types of materials and methods used in construction.
How to Add the Minor
CPM application (see PDF application below)
CPM course requirements (found below)
- Minor is only available to undergraduate students in the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
- Eligible students must have earned 60 credit hours or have Junior standing
- Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Students must submit an application along with an unofficial academic transcript and resume to the CPM Advisor
To earn a minor, a student must complete 5 courses with “C-” or better and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all minor courses. Students must also complete an internship.
The minor in Construction Project Management consists of 15 credit hours. Students must complete 5 of the following courses with a grade of "C-" or better and complete an internship in the construction industry (see documents below).
ENCE 325 - Introduction to Construction Project Management
ENCE 423 – Project Planning, Estimating & Scheduling
ENCE 424 – Communications for Project Managers
ENCE 426 – Construction Documentation and Building Information Management Applications or
ARCH 472 – Building Information Modeling
Electives (choose 1)
ENCE 420 – Selection & Utilization of Construction Equipment
ENCE 421 – Legal Aspects of Architectural & Engineering Practice
ENCE 422 – Project Cost Accounting & Economics
ARCH 430 – Measuring Sustainability in Architecture
ARCH 462 – Methods & Materials of Building Construction
ARCH 467 – Integrated Project Delivery
The minor in Construction Project Management is partially funded by a gift from the Colvin Family Foundation.
Real Estate Development
Undergraduates with an interest in real estate can now complete a minor in real estate development. The minor will provide students with an overview of sustainable real estate development, including the development process; the basics of real estate finance; urban planning and design; and the unique roles of government and the private sector.
The courses and minor will be open to all Maryland undergraduates with a GPA of 2.0 who are enrolled in any major and who have completed ARCH 271/RDEV 250 with a C- or better. It is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of the real estate industry and can be taken as a stepping-stone to more advanced graduate work in real estate or a related professional field.
Students will take 4 core classes and choose 1 elective from a wide range of classes, including those in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Sustainability, Business, Economics, Political Science and Public Policy.
Furthermore, students who complete the minor will have a head start in pursuing a Masters of Real Estate Development. They will not have to take any of the additional 9 credits that are required of applicants who come to the program without a real estate undergraduate degree (or minor from UMD).
The minor will be of particular interest to students with interests in careers related to real estate and the built environment, such as architecture, business, construction management, civil engineering, historic preservation, local government, non-profit housing, public-private partnerships, landscape architecture, urban planning or related entrepreneurial ventures. Please Fact Sheet below for more information about the minor.
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Online Application - Real Estate Development minor.
You must sign up for an appointment with the Director of the Real Estate Development minor before you are admitted to the minor. Be sure to print off your unofficial transcript and bring it to this meeting.
Do you care about the future of our planet? Do you want to make sure that the environments you design are sustainable and resilient? Are you curious about the wide array of social, technical, and economic factors that influence sustainability? If the answer is yes, then this might be the minor for you!
Click here for more info about the minor in Sustainability Studies.