Housing Studies

About the Major

Please note: The Housing Studies major no longer accepts new students. Resources remaining in the Housing Studies section of this website are intended for students currently in the program. 

A Housing Studies major prepares you for a career in assisting people in a wide range of housing needs. The curriculum teaches students about shelter and its multiple dimensions, focusing on skills that will allow students to contribute to the housing field. Coursework in the program includes the social and behavioral sciences, public policy, planning, economics, and technology. Read more about the major.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Appraiser
  • Housing Coordinator
  • Housing Inspector
  • Housing Advocate
  • Loan Officer
  • Mortgage Banker/Broker
  • Neighborhood/City Planner
  • Assistant Property Manager/Administrator
  • Real Estate Agent

Types of Employers

  • Banks/credit unions
  • Commercial property management firms
  • Government agencies
  • Mortgage companies
  • Nonprofit organizations specializing in housing
  • Property management firms
  • Real estate developers
  • Residential home builders

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

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