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

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

RTL2005 Global Sourcing

This course allows students to examine the import marketing process, import regulations, sources of supply, supplier management and development, and transportation in order to learn how to participate in the global marketplace and negotiate in cross-cultural situations.
Prerequisite(s): MRKT1001 or RTL1005, sophomore status.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL2050 Fashion Promotion

The theory of fashion promotion is explored as it relates to the selling and marketing of fashion merchandise to the public. This course explores the nature of the fashion promotion industry and its use of various media to make consumers aware of current trends and styles. The text addresses itself to the career-minded student who wants to be involved in the marketing, merchandising and promotion of fashion.
Offered at Denver, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL3010 Merchandise Buying

This course provides the student with the principles that govern the movement of merchandise. Students are expected to know the environmental factors that influence the behavior of consumers and the techniques for determining and predicting merchandise cycles. This course outlines the merchandising activities and marketing trends of those industries involved with producing and providing goods in the marketplace. The options of the buyer in making merchandise budgets, plans and decisions are presented. This background provides the basis for examining the merchandising activities and decisions expected of a buyer at the retail level. Buying activities are compared for a variety of retail settings.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1005.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
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

RTL3060 Fashion Forecasting

This course introduces the student to the field of fashion forecasting. Emphasis is on the framework of fashion forecasting, fashion and market dynamics of fashion forecasting and utilizing these dynamics in the global retail workplace. Current conditions, concepts, practices and research in the retail field are focused on throughout the course with special attention placed on industry terminology; case studies utilizing market research and competitive analysis are incorporated into this course.
Prerequisite(s): RTL1005, RTL1020. (HY)
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL3070 Textile Design for the Apparel and Home Furnishings Industry

This hands-on course is an introduction to basic textile design techniques used by designers and manufacturers. Topics include motif development, croquis design, and repeat patterns. Methods of surface printing include direct painting, stenciling and block printing. Basic weaving or knitting patterns, embroidery, beading and applique are also explored. Students develop an appreciation for the historic and cultural value relevant to each method, and create collections of textile samples as they solve design problems.
Offered at Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours

RTL3150 Special Topics in Fashion, Retailing and Marketing

This course is a study of how fashion, retailing and marketing trends today impact consumers, business and society. Emphasis is on current literature, advanced problems and research tools applicable to the chosen topic. This course focuses on a different area, issue or theme each year, depending on student interest. The topic area may not be usually found in the conventional classroom course.
Prerequisite(s): MRKT1001, sophomore status.
Offered at Charlotte, Denver, North Miami, Providence, Providence CE
4.5 Quarter Credit Hours