Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning — in partnership with the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and School of Kinesiology — has launched a minor in real estate development, allowing undergraduate students studying in a variety of disciplines to supplement their major areas of study with broad knowledge of the fundamentals, formation, and finance of developments across the built environment.
“The program allows students to study across a variety of disciplines and learn on a number of different fronts related to real estate and development,” said Marc Norman, director of real estate initiatives at Taubman College and associate professor of practice in urban and regional planning.
Norman also noted that the program offers students more than a knowledge of real estate fundamentals: “They’ll learn how to apply that knowledge on the ground, in cities and other environments with real people. They’ll think about how to make real estate and development equitable and how it can be something that really changes the way we live, work, and play.”
The minor offers a progressive approach to developing real estate and the built environment in the U.S. and worldwide. With the University of Michigan’s proximity to Detroit, the program brings a focus on creating sustainable, healthy places that reduce environmental impact; enhance choices for people of all incomes; and investigate possibilities for enhanced walkability and wealth building.
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