SRetail Merchandising College of Design


The Retail Merchandising (RM) program highlights the interface between retail merchandising and design. It is built on the four C’s: creativity, critical thinking, calculation (analysis) and charisma (leadership, passion). Our undergraduate curriculum emphasizes design thinking, visual literacy, creative problem solving, leadership, and business analysis skills. Course offerings range from classroom to online to hybrid formats.


Our program is one of the only retail programs within the U.S. located in a college of design. This allows program faculty the opportunity to emphasize the importance of design in the retail process from the design of products and services to sell, to the design of distribution systems, to the design of selling spaces serving the ultimate consumer, and to the design of disposal processes. We are located in a major retail center. This metropolitan retail environment facilitates close and supportive relationships with community partners (e.g., Kohls, Target, Macy’s, Buckle, ShopNBC). Faculty maintain these relationships through course projects executed with the cooperation of local businesses allowing RM students learning opportunities not possible in programs located elsewhere.


Academic Programs in Retail Merchandising


Bachelor of Science Degree in Retail Merchandising


Majors in retail merchandising learn merchandising principles that are applied across a broad spectrum of U.S. and global retail businesses. Students apply these principles in a variety of formats including store, Internet, mobile phone, and catalog.  Today’s employers are seeking individuals with leadership abilities along with the ability to innovate. Outstanding instructional opportunities including travel to domestic and international retail centers and opportunities to study aboard. Students complete internships that offer examination of retail careers and enhance a student’s job competitiveness upon graduation. One of the few four-year undergraduate retailing programs in the nation offered through a college of design, the program features courses that address creativity, innovation, leadership, and analytical skills. Our close partnerships with industry through course projects, guest lectures, and onsite visits further equip students with core competencies in solving real-life problems. 


Undergraduate Minor in Retail Merchandising


Minors in retail merchandising are introduced to basic merchandising principles. The RM minor provides the opportunity to explore several facets of the retail industry including retail buying, visual merchandising, multichannel retailing, and retail technology. Outstanding opportunities are provided students to meet minor requirements including travel to domestic and international market centers.

Graduate Degrees with an Emphasis in Apparel


Graduate study in the Design Graduate Program with an emphasis in apparel advances both theoretical knowledge and applications for textile and apparel products related to human behavior.  Students may focus on design, aesthetics, apparel product development, material culture, historic dress, social science aspects of dress, consumer behavior, and merchandising.  Upon completion of the graduate degree, students are prepared for teaching and research positions as well as other careers within the textile and apparel industry.


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240 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Ave.
St Paul, MN 55108

Phone: 612-624-9700

Hye-Young Jim
Program Director

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