Discontinued Program - Retailing

Program Code:
1445 Retailing
Program Level:
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
End Term:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Undergraduate Program

Retailing majors study the retail industry and related businesses. Students learn to analyze and respond to consumer needs through effective business strategies; decision making is taught through state-of-the-art computer applications, case studies, industry projects and internship experiences. The program prepares students for careers with a broad range of opportunities. Graduates are recruited for positions in buying/procurement, store management, merchandise coordination, merchandise planning/analysis, customer services, human resource management, product development, product management, marketing research, and franchising. Other career opportunities include positions as catalog managers and account executives for consumer product firms. The program has a national reputation for its international retailing focus. Fundamental retailing courses are supported by a business cognate with courses in economics, finance, marketing, management, and accounting.

Students may elect to participate in a study abroad experience from the many opportunities at Michigan State University, including two specifically designed for retailing majors: Retail Distribution in Russia and Poland and Retail Management in the Netherlands.  Students may also receive up to 8 internship credits for a supervised management experience that complements required courses in the major. The Michigan State University Retailing Association is a student organization that allows students to participate in a variety of opportunities that explore business and retail careers. Activities and events that enhance the educational experience and provide in-depth insight into the professional areas are planned throughout the year.

Admission as a Junior

Enrollments in the retailing program are limited. In addition to the university and college requirements, the minimum criteria for admission as a major in retailing are:

  1. Completion of Retailing 261, Economics 201 and Computer Science and  Engineering 101 or 131 with a combined minimum grade–point average of  2.00.
  2. To be considered for admission, upper-division students transferring  from another institution must have completed the required courses  referenced above for admission as a junior, with a combined  minimum grade–point average of 2.00. If one of the required courses is equivalent to Retailing 261, then the individual  course grade must be 2.0 or better.

For additional information about procedures for admission as a  junior, students should contact the Coordinator of Undergraduate  Student Affairs, College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Retailing

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Retailing.
    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Retailing major is met by completing Retailing 362, 371,  465, and 481.  Those courses are referenced in item 3. a. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing (32 credits):  
      ADV 375 Consumer Behavior 3
      RET 261 Introduction to Retailing 3
      RET 362 Human Resources and Professional Practice in Retailing 3
      RET 363 Promotional Strategies in Retailing 3
      RET 371 Merchandise Planning and Buying 4
      RET 373 Retail Entrepreneurship 3
      RET 460 Retail Information Systems 4
      RET 465 International Retailing 3
      RET 471 International Buying and Product Development 3
      RET 481 Retail Strategy Analysis 3
    b. The following courses outside the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing (24 credits):  
      (1) The following course:          
        CSE 101 Computing Concepts and Competencies 3
        Students who pass a waiver examination will not be required to complete Computer Science and Engineering 101.  
      (2) The following Business Cognate:  
        ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
        ACC 230 Survey of Accounting Concepts 3
        EC 201 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
        EC 202 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3
        FI 320 Introduction to Finance 3


    Financial Management in the Agri-Food System 3


    Introduction to Business Law 3


    Management Skills and Processes 3


    Introduction to Marketing 3