Proposed change: Changing RETL310 Internet Retailing from an elective course to a required course for Retail Management concentration
Justification: The online retailing and e-commerce has changed the retailing landscape tremendously over the last two decades and their influence on how consumers make purchase decisions continues to grow. Consumers' expectation for a high-quality online shopping experience demands deep, advanced understandings of strategic management of an online retail business. Thus, it is imperative for all students with the Retail Management concentration to be well acquainted with the ins and outs of online retailing.
This particular change entails a few subsequence changes in the bulletin, which include:
1) The credit hours for required courses change from 12 hours to 15 hours.
2) The credit hours for elective courses change from 9 hours to 6 hours.
3) RETL310 needs to be removed from the elective course list for the Retail Management concentration because it is now a required course.
There will be no difference in total credit hours the students need to complete.