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Nordstrom. Gucci. Home Depot. Target. These are just a few of the giants in retailing. They are also our industry partners and have hired our graduates. Retail drives the U.S. economy and our retailing program prepares you for leadership roles in this exciting field. 

What to Expect

As a retailing major, you will develop your leadership and organizational skills, gain the ability to adapt to the changing macro- and microeconomic retail environment and increase your retail financial savvy. During your coursework, you will learn theory, principles and practice of retailing. Retail stores throughout the community will serve as inspiration and as working laboratories as you learn the practical application of theory in real-world settings. 

Our retail program allows you to specialize in retail management or fashion merchandising. Both provide you with business fundamentals such as accounting, economics, business law, communications and computer applications. You will also have the chance to explore your interests through two required internships, coordinated by our department that boasts a 100 percent internship placement rate for retailing majors.


Undergraduate Degree

The Department of Retailing is in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management. The program focuses on a strong business and liberal arts core and emphasizes team building, communication, intelligent decision-making and collaborative problem-solving.

Typical courses in the retailing major include:

  • Functional Accounting I and II
  • Principles of Retailing
  • Personnel Organization and Supervision
  • Retail Buying
  • Retail Promotion
  • Multinational Retailing
  • Business Law
  • Computer Applications in Business
  • Business Communications
  • Principles of Marketing

Retailing offers an accelerated degree program that allows undergraduate students to complete up to 12 hours of course work (at 500-level or higher) and receive both undergraduate and graduate credit for those hours. This makes it possible for students who are admitted into the graduate program in retailing to earn a master’s degree in a shorter period of time than the traditional term of study.


Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.


Graduate Degree

The department of retailing in the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management offers a 36-credit-hour degree program with both a thesis and nonthesis option. Your coursework will include retail strategy, international retailing, category management and research methods.

M  Master of Retailing (M.R.) 

Graduate Director: Deborah J. C. Brosdahl, 803-777-6249,
Program Contact: DeAnna Risher, 803-777-2053,

Application information for this degree is available through our Graduate School. 

Explore Our Graduate School 

The Graduate School administers the application process for all of the university's doctoral, master’s, certificate and dual degree programs. Take a look at what you will need to do before you apply.