The major in Real Estate and the Built Environment expands the traditional, narrowly focused, business approach to real estate, finance, investment and management, providing students with broad perspectives that come from the multitude of disciplines that make up the modern practice of real estate. From construction methods and materials to politics and public policy, and from urban planning and design, to transportation, to building and landscape architecture, modern real estate development is a multi-disciplinary practice. The major offers a set of required courses to introduce students to the complexity of real estate and the built environment practice, as well electives in the affiliated fields that impact the Built Environment. The focus is on transformational real estate practice, addressing issues posed by individual and collective decisions about the built environment ranging from social and environmental justice, to climate change, to community identity and heritage.
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