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Retail Merchandising: New Students

Information for New Retail Merchandising Students



Academic Information

Your four-year plan identifies the core courses required for all Retail Merchandising students. In addition to the core requirements students must complete a minimum of 18 credits of Retail Merchandising Electives.  Refer to your APAS report for Retail Merchandising Elective course options.


Please be aware that some of the RM courses required for your major and some major required elective course options are not offered every term. Refer to your four-year plan and consult with your adviser.


Be sure to use your four-year plan in conjunction with your APAS Report to ensure timely graduation.  If you have questions, your academic adviser is your best source of information. Click here to access a tutorial on how to read your APAS report.



Required Registration: Students transferring within the U of M system

You need to register for the following courses (if not already taken):

  • RM 1201: Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption
  • RM 2215: Introduction to Retail Merchandising

Other first term course options include:

  • DES 1111 Creative Problem Solving
  • ApEc 1101/Econ 1101: Principles of Microeconomics
  • Math 1031: College Algebra
  • Writ 1301: University Writing (if an equivalent first-year writing course has not yet been completed)
  • CI 1871 Computer Literacy and Problem Solving





Academic Advising

Allow approximately two weeks after you have received your admission email to be assigned to your academic adviser. Your adviser's name will appear on your APAS report. After you have been assigned to your academic adviser you can schedule an advising appointment.


Note: Advisers do not schedule their own appointments. To schedule an advising appointment, please call 612-624-1717 or stop by 12 McNeal Hall.


You are required to have an advising appointment with your CDes academic adviser within your first year in the major.






Study Abroad

We strongly encourage students to consider spending a semester, May term, or summer abroad. Exposure to other cultures is a critical component of every business student’s education. Domestic study away experiences are also possible. New York City has also been a popular destination for a semester or summer experience for retail merchandising students.


Students interested in a study abroad experience should work closely with their academic adviser and the U of M Learning Abroad Center to learn about their options and outline their course of study. Careful program and course planning will help you stay on track for timely graduation.





Student Groups and Professional Organizations

Consider joining a CDes or U of M student organization. Many organizations have student memberships and scholarships available. Popular options for retail merchandising students include:







Retail merchandising is a demanding major. Although we recognize that many students need to work to finance their undergraduate education, the retail merchandising faculty strongly recommend that you work no more than 10 hours per week. Maintaining a high GPA is critical for acceptance to finding a job or landing an internship.



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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