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Retail Merchandising B.S.

Design, Housing & Apparel
College of Design
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 73 to 74
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The retail merchandising program offers a wide range of educational and career opportunities, including visits to multinational retail enterprises, travel to foreign and domestic retail centers, and professional experiences, such as study abroad, and internships with national and international retailers. Program graduates begin their careers in store or corporate environments. Entry-level positions include omni-channel retailing management, visual merchandising, fashion marketing, product development and brand management, sourcing and supply chain management, retail analytics and customer relationship management, store and human capital management, retail buying, advertising and sales promotion.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Admission is competitive and space is limited.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
All coursework in the major must be taken A-F unless it is only offered S/N.
Required Retail Merchandising Basic Courses
DES 1111 - Creative Problem Solving (3.0 cr)
MATH 1031 - College Algebra and Probability [MATH] (3.0 cr)
MKTG 3001 - Principles of Marketing (3.0 cr)
CI 1871 - Computer Literacy and Problem Solving (4.0 cr)
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or DES 1101V - Honors: Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
APEC 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
or ECON 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
SCO 2550 - Business Statistics: Data Sources, Presentation, and Analysis (4.0 cr)
or SOC 3811 - Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
MGMT 1001 - Contemporary Management (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 3001 - Fundamentals of Management (3.0 cr)
Required Retail Merchandising Core
RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption [CIV] (3.0 cr)
RM 2215 - Introduction to Retail Merchandising (3.0 cr)
RM 3124 - Consumers of Design (3.0 cr)
RM 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Retail Merchandising (1.0 cr)
RM 3242 - Retail Buying (3.0 cr)
RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior [WI] (3.0 cr)
RM 4196 - Internship in Retail Merchandising (1.0-2.0 cr)
RM 4217 - International Retail Markets [GP] (3.0 cr)
RM 4248 - Creative Leadership in Retailing (3.0 cr)
Retail Merchandising Electives
Complete a minimum of 18 credits from the list.
Take 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis (4.0 cr)
· ADES 2214 - Softlines Analysis (3.0 cr)
· ADES 3217 - Fashion: Trends and Communication (3.0 cr)
· ADES 4121 - History of Costume (4.0 cr)
· ADES 4215 - Product Development: Softlines (4.0 cr)
· ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation (2.0 cr)
· PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
· RM 2234 - Retailing in a Digital Age [TS] (3.0 cr)
· RM 3196 - Field Study: National or International (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RM 3243 - Visual Merchandising (3.0 cr)
· RM 4123 - Living in a Consumer Society (3.0 cr)
· RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4216 - Retail Promotions (3.0 cr)
· RM 4247 - Advanced Buying and Sourcing (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
· RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
 
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DES 1111 - Creative Problem Solving
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development of creative capability applicable to all fields of study. Problem solving techniques. Theory of creativity/innovation.
MATH 1031 - College Algebra and Probability (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02451 - CI 1806/Math 1031
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Graphs of equations and functions, transformations of graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, and rational functions, with applications; inverses and compositions of functions; exponential and logarithmic functions with applications; basic probability rules, conditional probabilities, binomial probabilities. prereq: 3 yrs high school math or satisfactory score on placement exam or grade of at least C- in [PSTL 731 or PSTL 732 or CI 0832]
MKTG 3001 - Principles of Marketing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to terms, concepts, and skills for analyzing marketing problems. Factors outside the organization affecting its product, pricing, promotion, and distribution decisions. Cases from actual organizations. prereq: ECON 1101
CI 1871 - Computer Literacy and Problem Solving
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01242
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Competencies in computer applications used in the social sciences and business to solve problems. Using advanced word processing techniques to create complex documents, electronic spreadsheets to analyze data and present it graphically, database management programs to store, organize, and query data, and presentation software to communicate ideas.
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions.
DES 1101V - Honors: Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions. prereq: Honors student
APEC 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00019 - Econ 1101/1104/1111/ApEc 1101
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Economic behavior of consumers/firms in domestic/international markets. Demand, supply, competition. Efficiency, Invisible Hand. Monopoly, imperfect competition. Externalities, property rights. Economics of public policy in environment/health/safety. Public goods, tax policy.
ECON 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Econ 1101/1104/1111/ApEc 1101
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Microeconomic behavior of consumers, firms, and markets in domestic and world economy. Demand and supply. Competition and monopoly. Distribution of income. Economic interdependencies in the global economy. Effects of global linkages on individual decisions. prereq: knowledge of plane geometry and advanced algebra
SCO 2550 - Business Statistics: Data Sources, Presentation, and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Data analysis, basic inferential procedures, statistical sampling/design, regression/time series analysis. How statistical thinking contributes to improved decision making. prereq: [Math 1031 or equiv], at least 30 cr
SOC 3811 - Social Statistics (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02148 - Soc 3811/Soc 5811
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
This course will introduce majors and non-majors to basic statistical measures and procedures that are used to describe and analyze quantitative data in sociological research. The topics include (1) frequency and percentage distributions, (2) central tendency and dispersion, (3) probability theory and statistical inference, (4) models of bivariate analysis, and (5) basics of multivariate analysis. Lectures on these topics will be given in class, and lab exercises are designed to help students learn statistical skills and software needed to analyze quantitative data provided in the class. prereq: Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for Soc 5811 (Soc 5811 offered Fall terms only). Undergraduates with strong math background are encouraged to register for 5811 in lieu of 3811. Soc Majors/Minors must register A-F.
STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Standard statistical reasoning. Simple statistical methods. Social/physical sciences. Mathematical reasoning behind facts in daily news. Basic computing environment.
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
MGMT 1001 - Contemporary Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How/why organizations differ in form/purpose in complex environments/technologies. Managerial challenges related to international management, social responsibility. Models of effective leadership/teamwork. prereq: Carlson School fr or soph
MGMT 3001 - Fundamentals of Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Aspects/characteristics of organizations, their members. Why people/groups feel/behave as they do. Processes/methods that improve behavior/attitudes/effectiveness of members. Member/manager skills. Guest speakers, group presentations, films.
RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Apparel business. Multiple steps in the process of creating/merchandising apparel, and the ethical positions reflected in decision making at each step.
RM 2215 - Introduction to Retail Merchandising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview of retailing management. Aspects of retailing management in global, multi-channel retail environment. Strategies/tactics to make decisions to operate retail business. Retail management principles covered.
RM 3124 - Consumers of Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01849
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contemporary approaches to consumer behavior. prereq: retail merchandising major or minor
RM 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Retail Merchandising
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research career opportunities related to retail industry, set career objectives based on an assessment of individual skills/interests, and identify job search skills to implement a transition from college to employment. prereq: Retail merchandising major
RM 3242 - Retail Buying
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles/mathematics of merchandise inventory control, merchandise selection. prereq: [2215 or DHA 2215], [MATH 1031 or MATH 1051 or MATH 1142 or MATH 1151 or MATH 1155 or MATH 1271], [jr or sr], retail merchandising [major or minor]] or instr consent
RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/research related to designed environments across retail channels. prereq: 2215 or DHA 2215, [jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4196 - Internship in Retail Merchandising
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised work experience relating activity in business, industry, or government to student's area of study. Integrative paper or project may be required. prereq: Completion of at least one-half of professional sequence, plan submitted/approved in advance by [adviser, internship supervisor], written consent of faculty supervisor, instr consent
RM 4217 - International Retail Markets (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Operating a retail business in foreign countries. How international markets differ from U.S. market. Effects of sociocultural systems within foreign countries. Theories of international trade. Interface between countries and firms. Strategic alternatives. prereq: 2215 or DHA 2215, [jr or sr or grad student], [DHA major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4248 - Creative Leadership in Retailing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory/research on creative leadership. Opportunities to apply knowledge to contemporary issues facing practicing retail leaders.
ADES 2213 - Textile Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of fibers, yarns, textile structures, and finishes. Their effect on performance/appearance of textile products, including apparel, interior, and industrial textiles. prereq: DHA major or pre-major or instr consent
ADES 2214 - Softlines Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Physical characteristics of softline products related to function for target market. Class experiences based on methods of analysis, including visual inspection, quality, construction, costing, and fit/sizing. prereq: DHA major or minor or instr consent
ADES 3217 - Fashion: Trends and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relation of fashion trends to visual analysis of apparel. Application to design/retail.
ADES 4121 - History of Costume
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of apparel/appearances in Western cultures, from 18th century to present. Role of gender, race, and class with respect to change in dress within historical moments and social contexts. Research approaches/methods in study/interpretation of dress.
ADES 4215 - Product Development: Softlines
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product development for apparel and other sewn products. Developing products in a lab studio for effectiveness, reliability, and marketability. Team approach using merchandising/design principles to develop products for specific markets. prereq: 2213 or DHA 2213 or apparel design major or clothing design major or retail merchandising major or instr consent
ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship of fashion, dress, and culture to fashion industry. Globalization, fashion centers, design, time/place. Focuses on Chinese fashion industry. prereq: Upper level undergraduate or grad student
DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to visual design. Development of visual design skills. Visual presentation methods. Lectures, design exercises, discussion.
PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product design process with a focus on creativity and designing for play. Project-centric. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys with the help of local industry and children.
RM 2234 - Retailing in a Digital Age (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Students will explore and evaluate the impact of emergence of retail technology on the retail industry and consumers as well as on the society at large. Changes in the retail business and consumer behaviors will be examined in relation to emerging technologies. Both benefits and concerns related to digital retailing will be discussed.
RM 3196 - Field Study: National or International
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Faculty-directed field study in national or international setting. prereq: instr consent
RM 3243 - Visual Merchandising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Retail store environment. Physical/psychological effects that initiate/motivate consumer behavior. Merchandise display: creativity, department layout, fixturing, lighting, cross merchandising, visual resources, signing, maintenance. prereq: 2215, [DHA major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4123 - Living in a Consumer Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01848
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Consumerism within U.S. society. Commodification of health care, education, and production of news. Commercialization of public space/culture. What drives consumer society. How meaning is manufactured. What the lived experiences are of consumers today. Postmodern market. Alternatives to consumer society. prereq: Sr, retail merchandising major or minor
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary dress from diverse cultures within/outside USA analyzed using social science concepts. Dress as nonverbal communication system. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4216 - Retail Promotions
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01343
Prerequisites: 2215,3124, [jr or sr or grad student], [DHA major or minor or #]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Role of integrated marketing communications in retail businesses. Promotion techniques/media characteristics. Application of theories behind consumer decision making. prereq: 2215,3124, [jr or sr or grad student], [DHA major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4247 - Advanced Buying and Sourcing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Technology application for buying/sourcing. Six-month dollar merchandise planning, assortment planning, market purchase and sales promotions planning, inventory management, costing, markdowns, timing, and sourcing. prereq: 2215, 3242 or DHA 2215, [DHA major or minor or instr consent]
ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship of fashion, dress, and culture to fashion industry. Globalization, fashion centers, design, time/place. Focuses on Chinese fashion industry. prereq: Upper level undergraduate or grad student
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theory/research related to designed environments across retail channels. prereq: 2215 or DHA 2215, [jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary dress from diverse cultures within/outside USA analyzed using social science concepts. Dress as nonverbal communication system. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]