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Housing and Human Environments


Programs in housing and human environments teach people to meet the needs of others who seek housing or spaces for work and recreation. Some programs are called housing studies, human ecology, and human environment relations.

Housing and human environment programs include topics such as:

Students study housing as it relates to different populations such as the elderly, religious orders, or groups of children.


A few community colleges offer associate degrees in housing and human environments. An associate degree program usually takes two years to complete.

Several colleges and universities also offer a bachelor's degree in housing and human environments. A bachelor's degree usually takes four years of full-time study. Some schools offer a post-bachelor's certificate program that usually requires one year of full-time study after getting a bachelor's degree.

This may be an interdisciplinary program. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in housing and human environments. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

Students don't always learn about just housing and human environments in general. In the case of many undergraduate programs, they can choose a concentration. Depending on what you choose, your course work typically includes at least some courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

This program is interdisciplinary and offers many different career opportunities. If you want to focus on the design aspect of this program of study, you need to begin compiling a professional portfolio of your project designs and plans.


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