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2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  Sep 22, 2023
2019-2020 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin

Retailing, BS

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The mission of the Department of Retailing is to prepare graduates for careers in the Retailing industry and Retailing-related fields which offer upward mobility via management positions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students should be able to evaluate the role of retailing as an important element in the U.S. economy. 
  • Students should be able to evaluate a problem within a retail setting. 
  • Students should be able to assess the internship company’s role of strategic planning in retailing. 

Required GPA for Transfer Students

Transfer students must have a minimum average GPA of 2.25 to enroll in the Department of Retailing.

Course Grade Requirements

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Retailing consists of the Carolina Core, College of HRSM Required Courses, Major Coursework, Concentration Requirements, and Electives.

All courses listed under CMW, College Required Coursework, Major Coursework, and Concentration Requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Retailing, BS Retailing, BS    
Fashion Merchandising & Digital Innovations Concentration Retail Management Concentration    


Degree Requirements (120 hours)

Program of Study

  1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)
  2. College Requirements (21 hours)
  3. Program Requirements (2-14 hours)
  4. Major Requirements (54 hours)

1. Carolina Core (31-43 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written — CMW (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving — ARP (6 hours) 

Option 1
Option 2

Choose 2 CC-ARP courses in the same field, except MATH, from either:

  • STAT or
  • CSCE

Scientific Literacy — SCI (7 hours)

Two approved CC-SCI courses from the natural sciences including one laboratory selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science or Physics

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language — GFL (0-6 hours)

College of HRSM students must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language by achieving a score of 2 or higher on the foreign language placement test or by completing one foreign language course through 110 or 121.

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking — GHS (3 hours) 

Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences — GSS (3 hours) 

Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding —  AIU (3 hours)

Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component* — CMS (3 hours)

Information Literacy* —  INF (0-3 hours)

Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility* — VSR (0-3 hours)

*Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

3. Program Requirements (2-14 hours)

Minor (18 hours) optional

Retailing majors may pursue a minor in any course of study offered by the College of HRSM or the University outside the Department of Retailing. College of HRSM required courses may not be counted toward a minor.

​Electives (2-14 hours)

The additional hours of electives may vary depending upon how students fulfill the Carolina Core requirements.

4. Major Requirements (54 hours)

A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses

Retailing majors must select a concentration in either Retail Management or Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations. The Department of Retailing does not offer a retailing major without a concentration.

Major Courses (33 hours)

Concentrations (21 hours)

Choose a concentration in either Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations or Retail Management.

Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations (21 hours)
Retail Management (21 hours)

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