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The Blackwood Department in Real Estate is a unique interdisciplinary academic program that develops real estate industry leaders by transcending boundaries and building on university strengths in building construction,  business, design, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, environment, law, planning, and property management.

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What Does the Blackwood Department of Real Estate Offer You?

By 2050, the United States population is expected to increase by 40 percent. Additionally, half of the buildings in which Americans lived and worked in the year 2000 will need to be replaced by the year 2030. The real estate industry faces a tremendous opportunity to build and renovate the spaces where people live, work, and play.

Virginia Tech brings together the strengths of five colleges to offer an interdisciplinary degree program in real estate that combines the best of real estate theory and industry practice. Within these five colleges we offer courses in finance, marketing, residential property management, real estate law, and real estate appraisal. These core courses build teamwork and leadership skills, give students a comprehensive industry perspective, and provide practical experience under the mentorship of faculty and industry professionals.

Members of our Industry Advisory Board, composed of Virginia Tech alumni and industry executives, advise the department on the curriculum through their service to the Curriculum Advisory Committee. View our Industry page for a list of Industry Advisory Board members. These experts have the tools and knowledge base their firms are looking for in new graduates. They are looking to recruit new talent with a comprehensive understanding of the broad spectrum of disciplines critical to their industry. Currently, this perspective is developed through on-the-job experience. The Blackwood Department in Real Estate aims to produce graduates prepared to enter the workforce already possessing an interdisciplinary knowledge of the industry, as well as an expertise in one or more related discipline.

Real Estate Curriculum

Here is a list of the commercial development and investment major courses:

  • REAL 1004 Discovering Real Estate
  • REAL 1014 Careers in Real Estate
  • REAL 2004 Principles of Real Estate
  • REAL 2034 Real Estate Data Analysis
  • REAL 2044 Professional Development in Real Estate
  • REAL 3024 Applied Real Estate Development
  • REAL 3034 Real Estate Market Analysis
  • REAL 3044 Financing Real Estate Projects
  • REAL 3954 Study Abroad
  • REAL 4064 Real Estate Appraisal
  • REAL 4075/4076 Commercial Real Estate Studio
  • AAEC 4754 Real Estate Law
  • ACIS 2115 Principles of Accounting
  • BC 2014 Construction Principles I
  • ENGL 3764 Technical Writing
  • GEOG 2084 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 
  • MGT 2354 Leadership: Manager and Entrepreneur 
  • MKTG 4734 Real Estate Marketing
  • PM 4644 Advanced Property and Asset Management
  • PM 4684 Managing and Leasing Commercial Properties

Visit the registrar's website for the major core requirements.

Click here to go directly to the double major and minor page

Here is a list of the residential development and investment major courses:

  • REAL 1004 Discovering Real Estate
  • REAL 1014 Careers in Real Estate
  • REAL 2004 Principles of Real Estate
  • REAL 2044 Professional Development in Real Estate
  • REAL 2034 Real Estate Data Analysis
  • REAL 3024 Applied Real Estate Development
  • REAL 3044 Financing Real Estate Projects
  • REAL 3954 Study Abroad
  • REAL 4064 Real Estate Appraisal
  • REAL 4074 Residential Real Estate Studio
  • AAEC 2104 Personal Financial Planning
  • AAEC 4754 Real Estate Law
  • ACIS 2115 Principles of Accounting
  • BC 2014 Construction Principles I
  • CONS 2304 Consumer and Family Finance
  • ENGL 3764 Technical Writing 
  • MGT 2064 Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • MKTG 4734 Real Estate Marketing
  • PM 2664 Intro to Property Management 
  • UAP 3014 Urban Policy and Planning

Visit the registrar's website for the major core requirements.

This major prepares students for careers financing real estate projects such as debt origination, underwriting, portfolio analysis and other real estate finance professions.

Finance and Real Estate collaborated to create this major to enable students receive deep knowledge of finance and broad knowledge or real estate.

Students graduate with a BS Business Administration, Real Estate Finance major AND the Commercial Development and Investment as a second major that is noted above.

A checksheet includes the official requirements, based on degree and major, that a student needs fulfill for a B.S. in real estate. For real estate students, there is a seperate checksheet for commercial and residential majors. Please ensure you are following the correct document. 

Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to make sure they remain on track for graduation. Academic advisors can also provide unofficial advising tools to help you schedule and manage your course load. 

When determining graduation requirements, students will choose based on the term they entered the department. To support the university transition for Undergraduate students from Date of Graduation (DOG) to Date of Entry (DOE) graduation requirements, any student that began prior to Fall 2020 who has not graduated by 2022 will be transitioned to the 2021-2022 catalog program graduation requirements.

For students entering:

Students will need to work with their academic advisor to complete a double major or minor to satisfy restricted electives. Students are able to strengthen the relevance of their educational and career pursuits by connecting another in-depth topic of study with the Real Estate major.

To declare a double major or minor, fill out this form.

For University Requirements, please refer to the Curriculum for Liberal Education (CLE) Guides for requirements and course offerings if you are graduating in 2021 or earlier. Students graduating in 2022 or later will follow the Pathways to General Education Guides for requirements and course offerings. 

Real Estate Academic Advisor

“Graduates of a real estate department that has trained them in core areas of real estate, as well as specialty subjects, through a double major, minor, or concentration, will have a tremendous advantage when entering the industry and will distinguish themselves with a wealth of knowledge to which most have not been exposed.”

Willis P. Blackwood
Blackwood Development Company