Apr 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED]

Retail Merchandising and Management, B.S.

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Admissions suspended beginning fall 2020 

For a similar program, see Fashion and Retail, B.S.   


The Retail Merchandising and Management (RMM) program prepares graduates for leadership roles in corporate, regional or store-level management positions in the retail industry and support areas. Students explore the functional retail areas of buying, sourcing, merchandising, marketing promotions, operations, logistics, and accounting in omnichannel, internet and store-based retail organizations. The program of study can be tailored to the student’s area of career interest by choosing from among three concentrations in Buying and Product Management, Fashion Marketing, and Store Operations Management and by holding an associates of science or associates of applied science degree, or earning a minor/specialization in an area that complements their choice of concentration.

A highlight of the program is the senior-level retail practicum or co-op/internship in which students work in management-level positions in the retail industry. 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 planning, buying, and management; omnichannel store management and operations; customer experience and marketing in multi-channel, e-Commerce, and store-based retailing. Although specific job titles vary by organization, graduates of the program have been recruited to fill such positions as business analyst, product allocation specialist, 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. The B.S. in Retail Merchandising and Management degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

General Requirements
Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation 120 credits  
General Education 40 credits  
Professional Studies 40-43 credits  
Concentration 23-30 credits  
Minor/Specialization 7-17 credits  

Program Requirements

Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)

Three credits must be selected from RES-A.

Global Perspective (6 credits*)

Complete 6 credits of global perspective approved courses. 

General Education (40 credits)

Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (10 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Courses must be from two or more areas including art history/music & theater appreciation, creative/performing arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, 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)

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 General Education category to meet the 40-credit requirement.

Professional Studies (40-43 credits)

Students must complete 500 hours of approved and verified retail work experience (excluding hours worked in BURTL-449 Cooperative Education 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.

Senior Capstone Selective (3-6 credits)

Select both practicum courses or the co-op experience.

International Selective (3 credits)

Select one course:

Concentrations (23-30 credits)

Declare one concentration.

Buying and Product Management (30 credits)

Fashion Marketing (23-25 credits)

Store Operations Management (25-28 credits)

Store Operations Management Selectives (7-10 credits)

Language Selective (2-4 credits)

Select one course.

Leadership Selective (2-3 credits)

Problem-Solving Selective (3 credits)

Select one course.

Minor, Specialization, or Associates of Applied Science or Associates of Science Degree (not Retail) in Complementary Area (7-17 credits)

Select from the university minor and specialization listing, in consultation with your advisor. An earned associates of applied science or associates of science degree can be applied towards the degree, with program director approval. Degree completion requires 120 minimum total credits.

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