Through the University of Michigan’s minor in real estate development, undergraduate students in many fields can supplement their major areas of study with broad knowledge about improving metropolitan developments. Drawing on faculty expertise from Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, the Ross School of Business, and the School of Kinesiology, the program guides students in integrating disciplines that shape the built environment and enhance the quality of life for all people while conserving the natural environment.
The minor offers a progressive approach to developing real estate and the built environment in the U.S. and worldwide. We focus on creating places that offer alternatives to auto-oriented development and that reduce environmental impact, enhance choices for people of all incomes, and have many uses within walking distance of one another. We teach students about building sustainable places that minimize the ecological footprint of the built environment. We explore how to build a sense of place that also encourages housing for all income levels while creating long-term wealth to motivate investors to care about the quality of the built environment. Ultimately, we encourage building places that we can feel proud of our role in creating.