Anytime a product is purchased or sold, a retail transaction has occurred. Retailing is truly powerful because it exists everywhere, and it sustains the economy with a diverse range of goods and services. A farmer's market vendor and a national furniture chain, a local coffee shop and an international manufacturer of women's apparel. They all represent retail businesses — large and small — who fuel the world's economy.
Roles and Responsibilities
The world of retailing extends well beyond the sales floor of your favorite department store. In fact, the variety and abundance of career opportunities in the retailing industry is enough to make your head spin!
You may choose to specialize in fashion merchandising and work in fashion brand management, distribution, visual merchandising or you could become a buyer. Your degree in retailing could also prepare you for a career in franchise management, licensing, supply management, sales forecasting, product theft management or business ownership.
The Retailing program requires two work experiences prior to graduation. The first experience can be any job in the industry, and is typically taken during your sophomore year. Your second experience — generally completed during your junior or senior year — is your opportunity to take on more responsibility in a managerial or supervisory position so that you will graduate with leadership experience already under your belt.
The Department of Retailing offers both an undergraduate and graduate degree program. As a student in our undergraduate degree program, you can specialize in either retail management or fashion merchandising. A Retailing minor is also available.