Retail Management


Retail sales and management is one of the largest fields for employment in the United State. This program is designed to provide the foundation for advancement from entry level positions to management in retailing. Career opportunities are plentiful in food chains, department stores, specialized small and large retail outlets, and small stores. A certificate or degree in the program greatly enhances a part-time or full-time employee’s opportunity to progress in a career in this large, growing industry.

Note: This major meets the core retail management curriculum recommended by the Western Association of Food Chains for employees who wish to prepare for management positions.

Career Opportunities

  • Department Manager
  • District Manager
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Marketing Manager
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Retail Store Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Store Owner/Operator

Associate Degree Major Requirements
(Major Code: 55080)

Subject and Number Title Units
Business 109 Elementary Accounting 3
Business 115 Human Relations in Business 3
Business 118 Retail Management 3
Business 128 Business Communications 3
Business 146 Introduction to Marketing 3
Business 152 Business Math 2
Business 155 Human Resources Management 3
Business 156 Principles of Management 3
Computer Science Info.
Systems 110

Principles of
Information Systems
Computer Science Info.
Systems 172
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications (2)
  Total Required Plus General Education and Elective Requirements 28-30

Certificate of Achievement

Any student who chooses to complete only the requirements listed above qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in Retail Management. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline stated in the Academic Calendar.

Certificate of Proficiency

Certificates of Proficiency are designed for the student who needs to be prepared to enter an entry-level job. A Certificate of Proficiency may be awarded upon successful completion of a prescribed course of study.

Sales Associate

The Sales Associate Certificate of Proficiency prepares a student who has no exposure to the field and those with limited experience to immediately enter a large employment field that offers unlimited career opportunities. The foundation courses may be completed in one semester. This certificate can lead to the Retail Management Certificate of Achievement, or with the General Education courses, an Associate of Science Degree. All classes must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.

Subject and Number Title Units
Business 115 Human Relations in Business 3
Business 118 Retail Management 3
Business 142 Personal Selling
and Persuasion
Business 152 Business Mathematics 2
Business Office Technology 100OR Basic Keyboarding 1
Business Office Technology 172 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications (2)
Communication 120

Interpersonal Communication 3
Communication 122 Public Speaking (3)
  Total 15-16