The Associate of Arts in Retail Management provides the basic skills needed to effectively manage retail operations. This online associate degree will focus on interpersonal, managerial, human resource, leadership, communication, and the critical thinking skills necessary for success in the retail industry. Completion of this online degree helps prepare you for new positions in retail or to advance with your current employer. This associate degree also offers a path to completion of your bachelor's degree in retail management.

This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of retail management, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Examine the functions and applications of various management processes in the areas of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, leading, and controlling in Retail Management.
  • Use the needs of today’s retail managers in assessing and implementing strategies employed in the management of information technology, financial, and human resources in the workplace.
  • Analyze the impact of legal, social, political, economic, technological, and environmental issues in relation to organizational behavior.
  • Apply managerial concepts to strategic decisions impacting the effectiveness of retail managers in today’s competitive and global organizations.
  • Recognize the importance of ethical conduct, social responsibility, and corporate responsibility in the global environment.

Degree at a Glance

General Education Requirements30
Major Required21
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements6
Total Semester Hours60

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 course from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 course from the following:6
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Microeconomics
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (8 semester hours)
COMM110Information & Digital Literacy2
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
Select 1 course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Effectiveness in Writing
Composition and Literature
Technical Writing
Scientific Writing
Business Writing
Human Relations Communication
Information Literacy and Global Citizenship
Introduction to Information Technology Writing
Human Relations
History (6 semester hours)
Select 1 courses from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Accounting for Non Accounting Majors
Fundamentals of Programming
College Algebra
College Trigonometry
Introduction to Statistics
Math for Liberal Arts Majors
Calculus
Natural Sciences with Lab (4 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:4
Habitable Worlds Are We Alone with Lab
Introduction to Biology with Lab
Introduction to Chemistry with Lab
Introduction to Human Anatomy & Physiology with Lab
Introduction to Physics with Lab
Introduction to Astronomy with Lab
Introduction to Meteorology with Lab
Introduction to Environmental Science with Lab
Total Semester Hours30
1

All literature courses require successful completion of ENGL101 - Proficiency in Writing or  ENGL110 - Making Writing Relevant.

Major Required (21 semester hours)

RTMG150Retail Organization Fundamentals3
RTMG200Customer Relations3
RTMG201Retail Inventory Management3
RTMG204Finance Fundamentals3
Select 3 courses from the following:9
Foodservice Sanitation
Human Resource Fundamentals
Principles of Supervision
Risk Management
Commercial Safety
Retail Shipping and Receiving
Retail Transportation
Total Semester Hours21

Final Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

RTMG295Retail Management Seminar (to be taken as the last course before graduation)3
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (6 semester hours)

Students must complete 6 semester hours comprised of lower (100-200) level courses not taken to fulfill the requirements listed above. Additional general education courses may be taken to fulfill elective requirements.6
Total Semester Hours6