housing studies College of Design

Housing Studies


Housing and Community Development Minor


The minor provides an overview of housing issues, policies, and programs with a foci on inclusion, management, and community development.  The minor challenges and supports students with majors such as business, geography, family studies, political science, sociology, urban studies, or youth studies.


Post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Housing Studies


The Housing Studies Certificate Program is designed for professionals who have completed a four-year college degree and are interested in gaining further knowledge about housing-related issues. Students are admitted year round to the Certificate program.


Graduate Degrees with an emphasis in Housing Studies


Master of Science - Master of Arts - Doctorate of Philosophy


Graduate study in the Housing Studies emphasis of the graduate program in Design advances both theoretical and practical knowledge in the field. Course offerings emphasize human needs and behavior, policy and community development, analysis of designed environments, and housing for special populations. Students are prepared to assist people in their shelter-related problems through research. A graduate degree in Housing Studies will expand your knowledge of housing-related issues. This multidisciplinary program draws from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Students are trained in a variety of research methodologies. Coursework and research experiences combine to further your understanding of innovative approaches to the development of housing policies and related programs. Upon completion of the graduate degree, students seek housing careers in state and federal agencies, nonprofit community organizations, housing regulation, and higher education.

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