Retail Merchandising Minor

The retail merchandising minor is for undergraduate students majoring in aspects of business, clothing design, or liberal arts who are also interested in retail. This is an excellent opportunity for students to be able to integrate retail issues into their studies.

Admission Requirements:

You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.

Program Requirements:

  • This minor requires a minimum of 15 credits.
  • All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and be completed with a C- or better.
  • All required prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to enrolling in a class.
  • Study abroad and transfer coursework must be approved by the minor advisor.
  • No more than one transfer or study abroad course may be used toward the minor.
  • Transfer coursework may be accepted for prerequisite courses upon review; this is not included in the one course limit.

Students are held to the course requirements in place at the time of their admission. As requirements may change in the future, students should refer to their minor APAS for the requirements applicable to them.

Course Requirements:

Required Courses Credits
RM 1201 Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption
RM 2215 Intro to Retail Merchandising
Elective Courses (select three courses)  
RM 2234 Retailing in a Digital Age
RM 3124 Consumers of Design
RM 3196 Field Study: National and International
RM 3242 Retail Buying
RM 3243 Visual Merchandising
RM 4123 Consumer Society (offered on an irregular basis; check Class Schedule)
RM 4216 Retail Promotions (fall term only)
RM 4217 International Retail Markets (Global Perspectives; spring term only)
RM 4247 Advanced Buying & Sourcing (spring term only)
RM 4248 Creative Leadership in Retailing


Application Process:

Apply online for the minor. The application should take just a couple of minutes.


If you have questions about applying for this minor or if you have already been admitted to the minor and have advising questions, please email our peer advisor at