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The real estate development minor, newly reorganized and updated in 2024, is an 18-credit program with a core of foundational classes and a host of interesting electives, many taught by professionals working in the field.

I would highly recommend the real estate development minor to anyone interested in learning how buildings actually come to fruition. With subject matters ranging from real estate finance to construction management to property management, the concepts and skills learned from these courses will help students understand what it takes to transform ideas on paper into built reality. 
—Jake Dietrich, alumnus with a minor in real estate development, is vice president of acquisitions and development for Indianapolis mixed-use developer Onyx+East

Required Courses

Foundation courses in Real Estate Development are:

  • PLAN 487 Introduction to Real Estate Development (3 credit hours)
  • PLAN 488 Advanced Topics in Real Estate Development (3 credit hours)
  • PLAN 411 Property Law (1 credit hour)
  • PLAN 443 Contract Law for Real Estate Development (1 credit hour)
  • PLAN 444 Management Law for Real Estate Development (1 credit hour)
  • 9 hours of electives from PLAN, CM, PMGT, RE, and HOSP with a mix of 3-hour and 1-hour classes offered in a variety of modalities

For course descriptions and complete information on program requirements, please consult the Ball State University Undergraduate Catalog. 

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How to Apply

Contact your advisor to formally declare the minor through the University Advising Center. For more information about the program, contact Dr. John West, chair of the Department of Urban Planning, at

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