Retail (RTL) Courses

RTL1005 Introduction to Retailing

This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of retailing. Current industry practices, such as multi-channel retailing, omni-channel retailing, organizational structures and technology are emphasized. Recent concepts and practices in the field are highlighted, with special attention focused on industry terminology. Career paths and leadership styles are also incorporated into this course. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL1010 Textiles

This course is an overview of the production and utilization of fibers, yarns and fabrics. Emphasis is placed on the performance of textiles for specific end uses. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL1020 The Business of Fashion

This introductory course is designed to increase students’ powers of observation, research and analysis of fashion. Students learn the vocabulary of the field, the structure of the industry, domestic and foreign designers, and historical as well as contemporary influences on fashion. The motivations of dress, theories of fashion adoption and the fashion lifecycle are explored as sources of information to establish fashion statements and forecast fashion trends. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL2063 Retail Industry Seminar

This course is offered in three components. One component is devoted to the mathematics of merchandising with its ramifications and effects on profitability and terms of sale. The second component is presented in seminar and case study format where students explore the importance of decision making and its effects at all levels of the retail industry. The third component is the industry field trips. Students are encouraged to examine personal and professional goals as they visit with local industry guests/hosts. Students are encouraged to network with industry speakers and begin planned career opportunities for the future.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1005, RTL1020. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL2095 Fashion and Retail Lab

This course gives students laboratory experience in merchandising functions. Students participate in a simulated work environment under the supervision of faculty with expertise in the industry. Market analysis and trend research are included with "back-of-the-house" simulations in buying, vendor communications, catalog operations and merchandise promotion modules.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1005, RTL1010, sophomore status. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL3020 Merchandise Mathematics

This course is designed to examine the philosophies, theories and techniques underlying the allocation of merchandise investments, control of sales and control of inventory (including planning and pricing) in retail stores. The course approaches retail management from the standpoint of the retail businessperson and is intended to serve as a tool for the student of retailing or merchandising.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1005. (HY) (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL3030 Cases in Fashion and Retail

This course analyzes and compares fashion and retail merchandise and management techniques used in specialty store, department store, chain store and mass merchandising operations. A case study approach is used in evaluating merchandise and management decisions in a variety of cases involving issues, types of operations and levels of management.
Prerequisite(s): RTL2063, junior status. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL4010 Retail Executive Decision Making

This is a senior-level capstone course designed to give students insight into retail strategy. Using a variety of teaching methods, this course is intended to develop critical thinking skills and abilities needed to enter executive-level positions in the retail industry. Focus is also given to making merchandising and buying decisions.
Prerequisite(s): RTL3030, senior status. (OL)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Online, Providence
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL6010 Concepts and Theories in Fashion Merchandising

This course explores and analyzes the role and purpose of theories and concepts, focusing on those applicable to fashion and merchandising research. Based on the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of fashion and merchandising, various fields are examined including verbal and nonverbal communication, consumer behavior, marketing and technology. Using appropriate research methods, students design original research based on theoretical or conceptual frameworks.
Prerequisite(s): Completion of required foundation courses. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL6030 Ethics in the Fashion Industry

This course analyzes ethics and moral principles as they relate to laws, policies, and practical issues in the global fashion industry. The emphasis of this course is on the application and evaluation of scholarly articles, case studies, and real-life ethical dilemmas using an ethical decision-making model. Students recognize and critique ethical problems linked to the design, production, retailing, and consumption of apparel.
Prerequisite(s): RTL6010. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL6040 Sustainability in the Apparel and Retail Industry

This course covers current apparel and retail sustainability theories, research and methodologies. Emphasis is on the evaluation and discussion of current sustainability literature and sustainable practices of apparel, textiles and related products and services. Students assess the viability of emerging international apparel manufacturing countries in terms of environmental sustainability.
Prerequisite(s): RTL6010. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits

RTL6050 Merchandising Management in the 21st Century

This course examines past and present theoretical perspectives and research with respect to changes in merchandise management and current retailing practices. Many aspects of merchandise management and retailing are examined and analyzed including historical settings, current global and business environments, digital technology and management. Students assess and critique a range of management practices, working in individual, dyadic and group settings.
Prerequisite(s): RTL6010. (OL)
Offered at North Miami, Online, Providence
3 Semester Credits