Today’s global marketplace demands skilled managers and leaders. Our retail management program prepares you for a career as a buyer, store manager, apparel product developer, and a sales and marketing representative with a well-rounded, balanced education in management, including a strong theoretical education in retail and practical experience in the field. In the classroom, students learn of the evolution of the domestic and global retail marketplace and the integral connections that occur at every link in the supply chain. This major offers a student-centered approach to learning in partnership with national and international corporations and organizations. Through experienced faculty and visiting industry professionals, the program provides the basis of theoretical and practical knowledge that you need to succeed in the competitive and ever-changing environment.
You will participate in a wide variety of coursework and activities that prepare you for success in the field. Among the many opportunities are the college’s Martin and Phyllis Berman Lecture Series, which brings prominent CEOs and entrepreneurs to campus to meet and address the student body, and a variety of supervised field trips that enable you to explore the current business environment.
While here, you receive support and guidance from high-profile retail advisory board members including senior executives from Macy's, Bloomingdale’s, Donna Karan, Ann Taylor, Crate and Barrel, and New York & Company.
Required retail courses:
- Retailing Fundamentals
- Sales & Strategic Partnerships
- Professional Practice
- Supervised Internship
Elective course options (choose at least two):
- Product Development for Retail
- Visual Merchandising & Store Planning
- Consumer Law
- Strategic Merchandise Management
- Electronic Retailing & Marketing