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.
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. The syllabus for the 4 core classes is below in the PDF format. Scroll down.
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 see Fact Sheet below for more information about the minor.
Online Application - Real Estate Development minor
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