Academic Programs

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Finance. Economics. Business. Urban Studies. Communication. Where do all these fields intersect? 

If you’re curious about the built environment and want to work in an area where you’ll analyze trends, synthesize data, and understand markets - you're in the right place! Our programs prepare students for long-term career success with a curriculum built around the three integrated markets and functions that comprise the commercial real estate system: real estate use, real estate assets and real estate development.  Understanding these components and how the participants of each component make business decisions is crucial to a successful career in the industry.

Students in our program work closely with professors and local industry practitioners to provide a multifaceted and practical education in the many varied avenues of real estate practice.  Internships, research projects and independent studies are partnered within a robust academic framework to ensure that all aspects of the student's professional development are fully nurtured.  Members of the student-run Real Estate Club work closely with area professionals to provide additional opportunities for networking and experiential learning.

Real Estate degree programs of study at the College of Charleston consist of a major in Commercial Real Estate Finance, a minor in Real Estate, and a concentration in the Business Administration major. Graduates have a variety of career paths to choose in the industry, including specialty areas such as:

  • Investment analysis
  • Financing
  • Market analysis and research
  • Consulting/advising
  • Brokerage and leasing
  • Development and redevelopment
  • Valuation
  • Asset/portfolio analysis and management
  • Legal affairs
  • Regulation and management in government agencies

Some additional facts about Real Estate Education at the College of Charleston:

  • Ours is one of only three undergraduate real estate programs offered in South Carolina.
  • Charleston offers a unique, living learning laboratory for commercial real estate with every kind of project, from large retail and manufacturing developments to small, boutique ventures featuring infill and mixed-use projects.
  • Courses offered include real estate investment analysis, real estate market analysis, supply chain management and hospitality and tourism.
  • The Carter Real Estate Center serves as the heart of the program, providing students with real-world experiences and influential connections.
For more information on what the College of Charleston's has to offer in real estate contact our assistant director, Adam Swalley, at