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2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
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Retail Merchandising and Management, B.S.

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The Retail Merchandising and Management program is designed to prepare graduates for leadership roles in corporate, regional or store-level management positions in the retail industry and support areas. Students explore the functional areas of retailing, including marketing, promotions, human resources, accounting, buying, merchandising, sourcing and logistics. They also sharpen their skills in analytical reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, oral and written communications. A minor in Business Administration can also be earned within the program requirements. A highlight of the program is the senior-level retail practicum or co-op/internship in which students work in management-level positions in retailing. Numerous opportunities are available for travel and study abroad experiences to enhance the educational programming.

Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level managerial positions in merchandise buying, planning and management; store management and operations; training; human resources and e-commerce. Although specific job titles vary by organization, graduates of the program have been recruited to fill such positions as business analyst, executive team lead, sourcing specialist, department manager, assistant store manager, manager trainee, assistant buyer, pricing analyst, unit development leader, retail operations manager and visual merchandising/space management planner.

General Requirements
Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation 120 credits  
General Education 40 credits  
Professional Studies 40-41 credits  
Concentration 39-40 credits  

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses. 

General Education (40 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

At least one MATH course is required. MATH 123  required for Buying concentration. MATH 120 , MATH 121 , or MATH 123  required for Store Operations Management Concentration. STAT 130  recommended prerequisite for BUMKG 479 .

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Courses must be from two different areas including art history, creative arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, music appreciation, performing arts and philosophy.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)


Other concentrations choose 3 additional credits from areas including anthropology, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses. ICT 103  required for Buying concentration.

Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Courses must be selected from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.

Selectives (3 credits)

Courses/credits may be selected from any category to meet the 40-credit requirement.

Professional Studies (40-41 credits)

Students must complete 500 hours of approved and verified retail work experience. Overall 2.0 GPA required for graduation. Required and Selective courses cannot be taken for credit/no credit. BURTL-449 Cooperative Education Experience  cannot be taken during last session/term before graduation.

Writing Selective (3 credits)

Select one course:

Senior Capstone Selective (3-4 credits)

Select both practicum courses or the co-op experience.

Advanced Marketing Selective (3 credits)

Select one course:

International Selective (3 credits)

Select one course:

Concentrations (39-40 credits)

Select one course (2-4 credits) from each of the following areas:

Select one course (2-4 credits) from each of the following areas:

Spanish Selective:

Leadership selective:

Electives (8-13 credits)

BUACT-207 Introduction-Corporate and Managerial Accounting  is suggested for to complete a Business Minor. An experiential course is suggested to complete a Human Resource Management Minor.

Select one course (2-4 credits) from each of the following areas:

Spanish Selective:

Electives (7-10 credits)

See adviser for list of approved courses.

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