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Retail Merchandising Minor

DHA Retail Merchandising
College of Design
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits in this minor: 15 to 17
Minors in retail merchandising are introduced to basic merchandising principles. The minor provides the opportunity to explore several facets of the retail industry, including retail buying, visual merchandising, and multichannel retailing. Outstanding opportunities are provided students to meet minor requirements including travel to domestic and international market centers.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Minor Courses
RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption [CIV] (3.0 cr)
RM 2215 - Introduction to Retail Merchandising (3.0 cr)
Take 3 or more course(s) from the following:
· RM 3196 - Field Study: National or International (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RM 3242 - Retail Buying (3.0 cr)
· RM 3243 - Visual Merchandising (3.0 cr)
· RM 4117W - Retail Environments and Human Behavior [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4123 - Living in a Consumer Society (3.0 cr)
· RM 4124 - Consumers of Design (3.0 cr)
· RM 4216 - Retail Promotions (3.0 cr)
· RM 4217 - International Retail Markets [GP] (3.0 cr)
· RM 4247 - Advanced Buying and Sourcing (3.0 cr)
 
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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 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 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 or 3245], [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 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 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 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 4124 - Consumers of Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01849
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Contemporary approaches to consumer behavior. prereq: Sr, retail merchandising major or minor
RM 4216 - Retail Promotions
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01343
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, [jr or sr or grad student], [DHA major or minor or 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 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]