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About the Major

Bachelor of Science in Retail, Merchandising & Product Development

The RMPD Program is moving to the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, and any students interested in pursuing a major in Retail Entrepreneurship in fall, 2018 and beyond should contact:

Lisha Stafford lstafford@jimmoranschool.fsu.edu

Please visit the Jim Moran School Website.

Prerequisite Coursework:

Students must complete the following prerequisites required in preparation for the upper division major. All prerequisite courses must be completed with C or higher (a C minus is NOT sufficient). Students are encouraged to contact the department with questions about completing these requirements.

  • ECO2013 (Macroeconomics)
  • ECO2023 (Microeconomics)
  • STA2023 (Business Statistics)
  • MAC1105 (College Algebra)
  • a Leadership course

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of http://www.flvc.org.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major

Students must complete at least 52 hours of coursework with an adjusted FSU GPA of 2.0 and at least half the hours required in General Education, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. degree. Students must also have completed the required prerequisites for the major, each with a grade of C or better (a C minus is NOT sufficient).

Bachelor of Science in Retail, Merchandising & Product Development

(59 hours)

  • Students must complete requirements in place at the time they enter the major. As advising is critical to successful program completion, students should consult with a departmental advisor as early as possible.
  • All required coursework listed below, including electives, must be completed with a grade of C or higher (a C minus is NOT sufficient).
  • An internship is required to complete this program (please see “internship block” below for details on the internship and internship application requirements). An FSU cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

College Core: (6 hours)
FAD 2230 (3) Family Relationships, and

Select one of the following courses: (3 hours)
CTE 3808 (3) Consumers in a complex Marketplace
CTE 3512 (3) History of Dress
COA 4131 (3) Family Financial Analysis

Required courses: (51 hours)
CTE 1401C (4) Introductory Textile Science, w/Lab
CTE 2800 (3) Textile, Apparel, and Retail Industry Analysis
CTE 3201 (3) Design Elements & Principles
CTE 3431 (3) Product Development
CTE 3763 (3) Product Analysis and Costing
CTE 3806 (3) Merchandising Principles
CTE 3809 (3) Trend Analysis and Forecasting
CTE 3835 (3) Visual Merchandising Strategies
CTE 4443 (4) Quality Assurance for Textiles and Apparel
CTE 4822 (3) Quantitative Merchandising Management
CTE 4829 (3) Global Sourcing
* CTE 4811 (3) Retail Merchandising Planning Strategies (Intern Block)
* CTE 4826 (3) Merchandising Buying (Intern Block)
* CTE 4866 (3) Executive Perspectives on Retail Management (Intern Block)
* CTE 4882 (6) Professional Internship (Intern Block)

Other Requirements: (3 hours)
MAR 3023 (3) Principles of Marketing

Internship Block:
In order to intern, students must complete a valid online application for the internship, have 90 hours of coursework, have all specified General Education requirements, MAR 3023, and achieve a C or higher in all specified major courses. Students must have a 2.0 overall GPA to apply. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required to take CTE 4822 and the internship block courses.

Computer Skills Competency: CGS 2060 (3) or CGS 2100 (3)

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met through with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements (Summary)
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisites 0-6 beyond General Education or major coursework
Major Coursework 59
Minor Coursework 0
Computer Skills 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120

*Note: RMPD majors should select ECO 2013, ECO 2023, and one of PSY 2012/SYG 1000/ SYG 2010 to fulfill the Social Science area, and MAC 1105 and STA 2023 to fulfill the requirement for Mathematics.

Salary Information:
National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles:
Executive Trainee or entry-level Manager leading to a variety of positions including: Department Manager, Asst. Store Manager, District or Regional Manager, Assistant Buyer, Buyer, Quality Assurance Assistant, Quality Assurance Manager, Product Development Assistant, Product Development Manager, General Merchandise Manager, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Assistant Planner, Planner, Assistant Allocator, Allocator, Vendor Representative, Salesperson, Visual Merchandising Manager, Advertising Manager, Sales Promotion Manager, Distribution Center Manager, Recruiter, Trainer, Human Resource Manager, College Relations Manager, Stylist, Vendor Rep/Showroom Rep, and E-Commerce.

Representative Employers:
Department Store Retailers, Mass Merchandisers, Discount Merchandisers, Large and Small Specialty Stores, Electronic Shopping Networks, Fashion Publications, Food Retailers, Fiber and Fabric Manufactures, Entertainment Retailers, U.S. and State Governments, Online Retailers, Distribution Centers.

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