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.
Retailing majors must select a concentration in either Retail Management or Fashion Merchandising. The Department of Retailing does not offer a retailing major without a concentration. 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.
In order to enroll in the professional division of the Department of Retailing, a student must complete CMW and ARP requirements, ECON 224, SPTE 274, and RETL 261, RETL 262 and RETL 265 with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25. Graduation requires a minimum 2.00 USC GPA.
A Bachelor of Science Degree in Retailing consists of the Carolina Core, Related Coursework, College of HRSM Required Courses, Major Coursework, Concentration Requirements and Electives.
All courses listed under CMW, College Required Coursework, Related Coursework, Major Coursework and Concentration Requirements must be completed with a grade of C or better.
Transfer students must have a minimum average GPA of 2.25 to enroll in the Department of Retailing.
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.
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.
Program of Study
You must choose
You must choose two (2) courses in the same field, except MATH. Choose from either:
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. See list of approved GFL courses.
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
Choose 2 CC-ARP courses in the same field, except MATH, from either:
Two approved CC-SCI courses from the natural sciences including one laboratory selected from Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Marine Science or Physics
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.
*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.
must be passed with a grade of C or higher
A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses
Retailing majors must select a concentration in either Retail and Customer Experience Management or Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations. The Department of Retailing does not offer a retailing major without a concentration.
Choose a concentration in either Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations or Retail and Customer Experience Management.
The additional hours of electives may vary depending upon how students fulfill the Carolina Core requirements.
See "3. Program Requirements"
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.
Update program format in Bulletin to reflect revisions to ACAF 2.00. This does not include changing course requirements, but moving them into approved program components. The "Course Grade Requirements" section of the introduction is incorporated throughout the program with minimum grade requirements on courses. The ARP section includes changes that were approved in March 2018. Fashion Merchandising concentration includes adding RETL 216 as an option, per Faculty Senate 2017. Retail Mgmt concentration includes removal of RETL 310 from options per Faculty Senate 2017. If revision is needed, please contact Jenn Tilford 7-1685 before returning to proponent.
The proposed changes in the Department of Retailing concentration names reflect significant changes that are transpiring in the retailing and consumer service industries. The change to Retail and Customer Experience Management represents the Department’s and the College of HRSM’s focus on customer experience. We are increasingly focusing on understanding a shopper’s entire decision-making journey, from pre-purchase to post-purchase. Our new focus on a customer’s experience management is encompassed in the revised title. Further, our technological partnership with Keyhole, a leading social media listening company, buttresses our focus on customer experience. Our change to Fashion Merchandising and Digital Innovations is based upon the fact that our fashion students are now exposed to various technological skills and tools such as Adobe Creative Suite, JDA software package, and a cloud-based e-commerce platform. Retailing is in a state of flux with developments with the increase of mobile and Internet retailing and the decline of physical store retailing. These new concentration names encompass our department’s strategic initiatives that represent contemporary retailing and fashion merchandising practices. In line with the new initiatives, it was necessary to offer new retailing courses that reflect current retail practices as a part of required or elective major coursework.
The proposed change to remove "Related Coursework (6 credit hours)" and increase "Major Coursework" from "27 credit hours" to "33 credit hours" is necessary because the retailing industry is getting increasingly complicated and students need more contextualized and industry-specific knowledge and skills. Retailers are now operating in omnichannel environments, and technological innovations are continuously bringing new opportunities and challenges, requiring retailers to be well-versed with fast-pacing business environments and be conscious of their impacts on retail operations in online and offline contexts. Having more major coursework will allow our students to be better prepared for this dynamic retail industry and increase the chance of getting a high-quality retailing job.
All other changes are minor, editorial changes for clarity, accuracy, and coherency.
I'm sorry, I should have responded to your earlier e-mail. I'm not thinking you're asking for a statement of concurrence, but if you are we are okay with the change. Economics 224 is a course for which we always seem to have excess demand.
James A. Morris Professor of Economics Chair, Department of Economics, Moore School of Business University of South Carolina (803) 777-4931
From: Jayachandran, Satish [email@example.com] Sent: Sunday, October 07, 2018 1:31 PM To: ROSENBAUM, MARK Subject: Re: Marketing 350
Thanks Mark. Of course, I can see why your students may not need this course. Do your students take marketing electives from the business school? If so, MKTG 350 will remain a prerequisite for the upper-level courses.
James F. Kane Professor of Business
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803 777 4406
From: Jayachandran, Satish <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Saturday, October 6, 2018 12:01 PM To: ROSENBAUM, MARK <MAROSEN@mailbox.sc.edu> Cc: PARK, JOOHYUNG <email@example.com>; HARRISON, REENEA <firstname.lastname@example.org>; WORSHAM, COURTNEY <COURTNEY.WORSHAM@MOORE.SC.EDU> Subject: Re: Marketing 350
Thanks for letting me know. I wish you had informed me before we scheduled classes for Spring 2019. Do you know how many students will be impacted by this?
I concur with the proposal from HRSM to remove Econ 224 and Mktg 350 from the Retail Major in HRSM.
Senior Associate Dean
Professor, Department of Economics
Moore School of Business University of South Carolina
On Nov 1, 2018, at 12:06 PM, Lantz, Amy <email@example.com> wrote:
We have already concurred with the proposal below. See the attachment for Kin and Satish’s statements. I guess we have no choice but to add a dean-level concurrence.
John, this involved removing ECON 224 and MKTG 350 as requirements for the Retail Major in HRSM.
From: CARDENAS, DAVID [mailto:DCARDENAS@hrsm.sc.edu] Sent: Thursday, November 1, 2018 11:51 AM To: Lantz, Amy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Re: Please also provide a letter of concurrence from the Dean of DMSB or one of his associate Deans.
Thank you, attached is the proposal as a pdf. Let me know if you have any questions.
From: "Lantz, Amy" <email@example.com> Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:41 AM To: "CARDENAS, DAVID" <DCARDENAS@hrsm.sc.edu> Subject: RE: Please also provide a letter of concurrence from the Dean of DMSB or one of his associate Deans.
I looked for this proposal and couldn’t find it; could you possibly send me a .pdf? I’m interested in who submitted the two letters of concurrence for ECON and MKTG already included mentioned below; that will give me a place to start.
Let me get in to see my Associate Dean, John McDermott, and Undergraduate Dean, Jan Bass, to discuss.
From: CARDENAS, DAVID [mailto:DCARDENAS@hrsm.sc.edu] Sent: Wednesday, October 31, 2018 7:19 PM To: Lantz, Amy <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: FW: Please also provide a letter of concurrence from the Dean of DMSB or one of his associate Deans.
I am writing to request a brief letter of concurrence from you and your school to allow the Department of Retail (RETL)to modify their Undergraduate curriculum. RETL is proposing to reduce the number of courses in their related course work section and remove ECON 224 and MRKT 350 from their required course work. I was not sure exactly who to ask, and thought I should start with you. If you need more information please let me know. Thanks.
David A. Cárdenas Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Academic Programs
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Carolina Coliseum, Room 1010-D
Returning so you can integrate the parallel proposal.
No additional committee comments.
Minor revision needed. Administraively approved and forwarded to C & C
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We have approved the proposal and are moving it forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair803email@example.comFaculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
Format update, minor revision. No BOT, CHE or SACSCOC notification required.
Update will appear in the 1920 Undergraduate Bulletin to be published 2.15.19.
February 22, 2019: The Department of Retailing reviewed the original name of the Retail Management concentration after considering ACM. The Department decided to continue with the original name of Retail Management and NOT change it to Retail and Customer Experience Management. This note is being placed in APPS as the Registrar had to administratively make the change back to the original concentration name at the end of the approval process.