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College: Human Sciences
Degree: B. S.
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Contact: College of Human Sciences Advising Office
Address: 207 Sandels Building
  Tallahassee, FL 32306-1493
Phone: (850) 644-5279

Description of Major
The Retail Merchandising and Product Development major (RMPD) prepares men and women for executive training programs and other entry-level positions in retail merchandising and product development within a diverse range of retail and retail-related businesses. The industry-savvy RMPD curriculum produces highly marketable graduates able to contribute immediately to the successful management and operations of retail and retail-related companies whether through corporate operations, the product development function, or store operations. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on industry-relevant technology, including product development and merchandising software, and professional experience through a required internship. Courses in the Retail Merchandising and Product Development curriculum include content related to merchandising strategy, consumer behavior, design principles, forecasting, buying, sourcing, planning, allocating, distribution, inventory management, store organization, visual merchandising, and sales. Emphasis is placed on soft goods and fashion-driven products.

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. Students are encouraged to contact the department with questions about completing these requirements.
ACG X021 (3) Introduction to Financial Accounting
CGS X060 (3) Computer Literacy or CGS X100 (3)
* CTE X401 (3) Introductory Textile Science
ECO X013 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO X023 (3) Principles of Microeconomics
* FAD X230 (3) Family Relations
PSY X012 (3) General Psychology or SYG X000 (3) Intro. to Sociology or SYG X010 (3) Social Problems
MAC X105 (3) College Algebra or MGF 1106 (3) Math for Liberal Arts I or MGF 1107 (3) Math for Liberal Arts II
* Transfer students may complete these courses after they have enrolled at FSU.
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 .

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 Liberal Studies, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or an A.A. degree. Students must also have completed Liberal Studies coursework specifically required for the major and ACG 2021 with grades of C or better ( a C minus is NOT sufficient). Students are only allowed two (2) attempts at ACG 2021 to achieve the required grade.

Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each Fall and Spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. The map for this major may be found at

Major Program of Studies at FSU: 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. 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 course (3 hrs.) from the following:
CTE 3808 (3) Consumers in a complex Marketplace
CTE 3512 (3) History of Dress
COA 4131 (3) Family Financial Analysis
All of the following major courses (51 hours)
CTE 1401C (4) Introductory Textile Science, Lab
CTE 2800 (3) Textile, Apparel, and Retail Industry Analysis
CTE 3201 (3) Design Elements & Principles
CTE 3431 (3) Textile Product Development
CTE 3763 (3) Product Analysis and Costing
CTE 3806 (3) Merchandising Principles
CTE 3809 (3) Trend Analysis and Forecasting
CTE 3835 (3) Merchandise Presentation and Inventory Analysis
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 Liberal Studies courses, ACG 2021, MAR 3023, and achieve a C or higher in all specified major courses. Students submit the online application to intern a year in advance and 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 appropriate high school speech training or with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
Liberal Studies 36*
Prerequisites 0-6 beyond Liberal Studies 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 two of the following to fulfill the requirement for Mathematics: MGF 1106, MGF 1107, STA 1013, or STA 2023 (MAC 1105 and STA 2023 are "strongly preferred).

1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information
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.
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.

Updated: Summer 2015