Real Estate

Boston is home to a wide range of real estate asset classes that create a natural laboratory for case studies. With a minor in real estate, you'll learn the basic concepts and principles of real estate through logical case studies. Your courses emphasize practical learning and use current examples from today's industry.

Prior knowledge of real estate is not required.

Real Estate Minor

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Real Estate Minor for Business Students (3 courses, 9 credits)

Complete these three (3) courses after completing BLE 214 Principles of Business Law:

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the concepts and principles of real estate. Enables students to understand the key components of each major real estate asset class including: residential, retail,commercial, industrial, hospitality,and properties. Students learn the range of professional players in the industry and what roles they play. Teaches basic elements of a Development Pro-forma Budget;Operating Pro-forma Budget;Sources and Uses Statement; and financial schedules. Utilizes textbook, case work,web based data sources,selected readings and field trips. Emphasizes practical application of the concepts taught, the use of current examples from the industry, and today's marketplace.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class builds on BLE-318 and explores the process of responding to the public procurement process, large shopping malls, the hospitality industry and office and retail mixed use projects. We also explore the phases of the real estate development process by investigating, Zoning and Variances, Project Review Committees, Community Benefit Packages, Historic Preservation issues and Environmental issues. Students will understand the complete development process and the role of all the stakeholders from this class. No changes to 318 summary.

Prerequisites:

FIN 200

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses primarily on real estate investment and many different approaches are discussed. The course examines related areas of law, finance, insurance, taxation, appraisal and brokerage.

Any real estate special topics or independent study course may also count. Students should speak to their real estate minor advisor in the department for further information. Courses may not be double counted towards multiple minor selections.

Real Estate Minor for College of Arts & Sciences Students (5 courses, 15 credits)

See individual course descriptions for prerequisites.

Required courses for CAS students:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course introduces students to foundational concepts in business, including functional areas, the life cycle, competition, stakeholders and ethical considerations. Students develop critical thinking by learning and using a problem solving process through a business situation analysis model to analyze various situations that confront managers and founders of small, medium, and large organizations. Students will also develop tools for analysis, allowing them to critically view business in a new and thoughtful way. The class culminates with student- teams presenting a detailed analysis and recommendations to a panel of executives and persuading them that the recommended strategy is not only feasible, but also practical for the stakeholders involved.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of business law. Provides an overview of the organization and operation of the American legal system, court system and legal procedure. Examines selected business law topics such as contracts, torts, criminal law,agency, and business organizations. Attention is given to the ways in which business law manifests important social and ethical precepts.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the concepts and principles of real estate. Enables students to understand the key components of each major real estate asset class including: residential, retail,commercial, industrial, hospitality,and properties. Students learn the range of professional players in the industry and what roles they play. Teaches basic elements of a Development Pro-forma Budget;Operating Pro-forma Budget;Sources and Uses Statement; and financial schedules. Utilizes textbook, case work,web based data sources,selected readings and field trips. Emphasizes practical application of the concepts taught, the use of current examples from the industry, and today's marketplace.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class builds on BLE-318 and explores the process of responding to the public procurement process, large shopping malls, the hospitality industry and office and retail mixed use projects. We also explore the phases of the real estate development process by investigating, Zoning and Variances, Project Review Committees, Community Benefit Packages, Historic Preservation issues and Environmental issues. Students will understand the complete development process and the role of all the stakeholders from this class. No changes to 318 summary.

Choose one (1) elective course from the following:

Credits:

3.00

Description:

As part of the core curriculum for the BSBA, this course provides a comprehensive, innovative, managerial, and practical introduction to marketing. Students will learn and apply basic concepts and practices of modern marketing as used in a wide variety of settings. Technological advances, rapid globalization, economic shifts and cultural and environmental developments are causing profound changes in the marketplace. As the marketplace changes, so must the marketers who serve it. These new developments signify a brand new world of opportunities for forward thinking marketers. In response to these new developments, the focus of this course is on four major themes that go to the heart of modern marketing theory and practice: 1. Building and managing profitable customer relationships; 2. Building and managing strong brands; 3. Harnessing new marketing technologies in this digital age; and 4. Marketing in a socially responsible way around the globe.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This highly interactive and experiential course will help you to develop your creative skills for business and life success. Corporate leaders consider creativity [1] to be an essential skill. However, according to a recent Conference Board study [2], college graduates lack the creativity and innovation skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The Council on Competitiveness warns that "companies that do not embrace innovation (and creativity) as a core business value will fall to global competition.[3]" We will discuss "meaning of life" issues that will serve to clarify your thinking and help you align your values and belief-systems with what you do on a daily basis at work and throughout your life. A substantial body of evidence indicates that people tend to be more creative when working on projects that interest them, and most creative when passionately immersed in their endeavors. We will focus on enhancing creativity in the workplace to achieve defined organizational needs, to add economic value to the organization, and to create social value as well. We will also focus on helping you to understand and apply a wide array of creative processes and tools to develop your creative competencies and skills. We will use breakout groups, role plays, experiential exercises, and discussions to facilitate your learning. This course is an invitation to you to explore and define what you want to create in your life. [1] The Conference Board defines creativity/innovation as the ability to " demonstrate originality, inventiveness in work, communicate new ideas to others, and integrate knowledge across disciplines." [2] Are They Ready To Work: Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century Workforce. 2006. [3] Innovate America: Thriving in a World of Challenge and Change. July, 2004. National Innovation Initiative, Council on Competitiveness.

Prerequisites:

MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); Junior standing

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course is premised on the fact that whereas a manager needs analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to business problems, a broad array of negotiation skills is needed to implement these solutions. This experiential course is designed to improve your skills in all phases of negotiation: understanding prescriptive and descriptive negotiation theory as it applies to dyadic and multiparty negotiations, to buyer-seller transactions and the resolution of disputes, to the development of negotiation strategy, and to the management of integrative and distributive aspects of the negotiation process. The course is based on a series of simulated negotiations in a variety of contexts including one-on-one, multi-party, cross-cultural, third-party and team negotiations. Please note that given the experiential nature of the course, attendance is mandatory and will be strictly enforced beginning from the first class session.

Prerequisites:

FIN 200

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course focuses primarily on real estate investment and many different approaches are discussed. The course examines related areas of law, finance, insurance, taxation, appraisal and brokerage.

Any real estate special topics or independent study course may also count. Students may also contact the Business Law and Ethics Department to speak to the real estate minor advisor for further information. Courses may not be double counted towards multiple minor selections.

Real Estate Undergraduate Courses

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of business law. Provides an overview of the organization and operation of the American legal system, court system and legal procedure. Examines selected business law topics such as contracts, torts, criminal law,agency, and business organizations. Attention is given to the ways in which business law manifests important social and ethical precepts.

Prerequisites:

GPA of 3.3 or above required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of business law. Provides an overview of the organization and operation of the American legal system, court system and legal procedure. Examines selected business law topics such as contracts, torts, criminal law, agency, and business organizations. Attention is given to the ways in which business law manifests important social and ethical precepts.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Business ethics is applied ethics. Explores the roles and responsibilities of business in a global society. Teaches models of ethical decision-making that incorporate multiple points of view, including diverse cultural worldviews and legal perspectives. Addresses factors that contribute to and constrain ethical behavior in and by organizations. Students apply concepts to current business problems, such as anti-trust, accounting fraud, deceptive advertising, and environmental dumping.

Prerequisites:

GPA of 3.3 or above required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Business ethics is applied ethics. Explores the roles and responsibilities of business in a global society. Teaches models of ethical decision-making that incorporate multiple points of view, including diverse cultural worldviews and legal perspectives. Addresses factors that contribute to and constrain ethical behavior in and by organizations. Students apply concepts to current business problems, such as anti-trust, accounting fraud, deceptive advertising, and environmental dumping.

Prerequisites:

Junior standing or above needed.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Teaches students all they have to know about purchasing a residence, starting with finding a home to financing, inspections, documents, and final ownership conveyance.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the formation, strategic use, and financial implications of alternative forms of business organization, namely partnerships, corporations,trusts, subchapter corporations, and the new limited liability hybrids.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

One of the greatest threats to business is the potential for litigation. Lawsuits can seriously hurt profits and even lead to bankruptcy. Even when businesses win in court, they still lose, what with the cost of the legal defense and the possibility of adverse publicity and decreased consumer confidence. Managers need to know how to avoid the potential for litigation and be aware of the areas of their business that provide the greatest risks to their enterprise. This course covers common ways in which businesses can protect themselves from common lawsuits ranging from product defects to environmental and worker safety to employee discrimination and harassment. Students will learn how to establish systems that will put their companies ahead legally.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys the global legal environment of business. Emphasizes case analysis of topics such as: sovereignty, extraterritoriality, treaties, international contracts, arbitration, and the European Union. Explores the managerial and economic significance of these topics.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the concepts and principles of real estate. Enables students to understand the key components of each major real estate asset class including: residential, retail,commercial, industrial, hospitality,and properties. Students learn the range of professional players in the industry and what roles they play. Teaches basic elements of a Development Pro-forma Budget;Operating Pro-forma Budget;Sources and Uses Statement; and financial schedules. Utilizes textbook, case work,web based data sources,selected readings and field trips. Emphasizes practical application of the concepts taught, the use of current examples from the industry, and today's marketplace.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class builds on BLE-318 and explores the process of responding to the public procurement process, large shopping malls, the hospitality industry and office and retail mixed use projects. We also explore the phases of the real estate development process by investigating, Zoning and Variances, Project Review Committees, Community Benefit Packages, Historic Preservation issues and Environmental issues. Students will understand the complete development process and the role of all the stakeholders from this class. No changes to 318 summary.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Presents an in-depth study of corporate crime and financial fraud. Examines accounting devices and schemes employed to defraud stakeholders, failure of industry watchdogs, and the regulatory and legislative environment. Topics include: corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate compliance programs, ethical misconduct by outside legal, accounting,investment and banking professionals, Sarbanes Oxley Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,Organizational Sentencing guidelines, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering,conspiracy, securities violations, qui tam litigation(whistleblowers)and financial accounting crimes.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Government can be a vital ally to business, as much as it can be a roadblock. Government sets the minimum standards for how society expects companies to deal with customers and each other. Businesses that do not recognize why government needs to be an integral part of their decision-making as opposed to an afterthought-- are doomed to fail. This course teaches students how to get government on their side.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

As a growing number of firms choose to produce goods abroad, piracy, counterfeiting, and other acts that dilute their brands are becoming increasingly common. This course focuses on the legal and practical tools that entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing business can use to protect their intellectual property (IP). It offers best practices on the strategic use of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets to enhance corporate value in different industries and regions. The course provides a legal foundation in IP and demonstrates how to apply that knowledge to business through case analysis.

Prerequisites:

BLE-215, PHIL-119, PHIL-120, PHIL-123 or PHIL-127

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys business ethics as they transcend the diverse perspectives of global business. Explores current global ethics standards and values, ethical challenges, controversies, convergence and trends. Students explore famous global business cases through films, websites and independent research. Emphasizes identification and resolution of global business ethical issues within the context of ethical decision-making and sustainability. Analyzes corporate social responsibility ; hence, transforming global business ethics through business.

Prerequisites:

Approval of Dept Chair or Dean

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Involves a student initiated written proposal to a willing and appropriate full-time faculty member for a directed study project. Normally this is for three credits and completed during one semester. Prior to registration, the faculty member and student must concur on a written proposal, which includes a reading list and description of requirements for grading of the final project.