High school students interested in entering the retail field should have a college preparatory background emphasizing English, speech, writing skills, math, social studies, economics and accounting. Work experience in a retail store is suggested.
During your first few semesters, you'll enroll in a combination of general education studies and major foundation courses. General education includes:
- English composition
- Speech and a variety of other student-selected courses in the humanities
- Social and behavioral sciences
- Natural science
- Analytical reasoning
- Initial courses in the major include:
- Introduction to retail merchandising and management
- Basic retailing
- Computer applications
Advisers are eager to help you with course selection and career direction. Additional assistance is available through the Advisement and Career Center, Counseling Center and Career Services.
The Retail Merchandising and Management program provides a sound body of knowledge from which to launch a successful career in retailing. The curriculum provides professional courses in both general retailing and in your concentration of choice. General education courses ensure that you have a well-rounded education.
You'll also contribute to the operation of The Niche, a student-inspired specialty store located in UW-Stout's Heritage Hall. You and other students take charge of all aspects of this retail operation, including planning and purchasing, inventory control, advertising, visual merchandising, special events, selling and supervision.
The retail faculty and teaching staff are former retailers who work closely with students and retail companies. They maintain and cultivate industry relationships, which provide up-to-date information and career planning for you and helps you develop solid contacts for employment upon graduation.