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College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management

  • Faculty member Jiyeon Kim demonstrates features of software technology used to build e-commerce web sites.

    Retailing Degree

    Specialize in retail management or fashion merchandising and digital innovation

College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management


If you're looking for one of the best colleges for retail, the University of South Carolina Department of Retailing provides inspiring faculty, hands-on technology and career experience to help students achieve their career goals.

The University of South Carolina’s retail degree is preparing the next generation of retail management and fashion merchandising leaders in an exciting and evolving industry. Market the latest designer trends. Break sales records. Launch an online store. Create innovative customer experiences.

Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Retailing degree offers concentrations in:

  • Retail Management
  • Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations

Our graduate program is a Master of Retail Innovation that offers three tracks:

  • Professional (non-thesis) Track
  • Professional (non-thesis) with Directed Study Track
  • Thesis Track

Learn from Experience

Teaching becomes powerful when students can see lessons come to life through real-world experience. That's why South Carolina's retail degree goes beyond the classroom with behind-the-scenes field trips, exclusive work opportunities, customized study abroad courses and opportunities to attend national industry conferences and the biggest events in fashion.

Working with Apple

New in 2021, the Department of Retailing opened Gamecock iHub, the university's Apple® Authorized Campus Store. Under the leadership of retailing faculty and staff, the Gamecock iHub is operated by students — providing a valuable opportunity to earn real-world experience working with a global retail leader.

Career Success

The college provides dedicated internship directors, experienced faculty and a corporate engagement office to help students get the most out of opportunities to work with companies like Apple, Under Armour, Ralph Lauren, Belk, Amazon, Target, Zappos and more.

Spotlight: Samantha Gallagher

Samantha Gallagher stands by the Salvatore Ferragamo logo

After graduating with a degree in retailing from the University of South Carolina at the peak of a global pandemic, Samantha Gallagher landed her dream job in the luxury fashion industry with passion and determination. She overcame the challenges of a difficult job market to become press and celebrity coordinator for Salvatore Ferragamo in New York City.

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Professional Career Options

Here are just a few examples of the high-growth retail careers and fashion merchandising careers: Apparel manufacturer, buyer, consumer analyst, corporate trainer, customer relationship manager, digital merchandiser, e-commerce manager, fashion editor, financial planner, logistics manager, loss prevention specialist, marketing manager, merchandiser, omnichannel strategist, product designer, retail manager, retail planner, sales manager, store owner, stylist, supply chain manager, trend forecaster, visual merchandiser, and wholesaler.

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