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  Dec 14, 2017
 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Retail and Consumer Sciences Major, BS in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management


Through a combination of classroom instruction and field-based experience, students prepare for entry-level positions in diverse occupations and for advanced education. The retail and consumer sciences major is one of the largest programs of this type in the southeast. Retailing is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy, and opportunities for employment will continue to be excellent through the 21st century.

Retail and consumer sciences provides students with knowledge of the retailing industry and the principles and theories involved in managing personnel and merchandising goods for the consumer. A business minor is built into the degree requirements. The progressive direction that this program takes provides graduates with excellent management opportunities in the retail sector.

This program requires field study experiences where students are guided by faculty in the selection of locations for on-the-job experiences related to their career area as a part of their educational program. Professional contacts made in field study experiences often lead to opportunities for career placement upon graduation.

uTrack Requirements (for students entering Fall 2013 or later)

Universal Tracking (uTrack) is an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.

Progression Requirements

Students should apply for progression into the major after completing RCS 210 , and prior to entering RCS 391 *. Applications for progression are available in the department office.

For progression into the major, students must meet the following criteria.

  • Cumulative grade point average 2.3 or greater with a minimum of 30 semester hours completed.
  • Grade of C or better in all retail and consumer sciences prefix courses.
  • Completion of ENGL 101 *, ENGL 102 *, and MATH 125 *.
  • Complete 300 post-secondary school hours of industry related work for the chosen major. A list of appropriate work experiences is available in the department office.

For graduation, students must earn a grade of C or better in all retail and consumer sciences courses.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management • Retail and Consumer Sciences Major


Term 1 Hours Milestone Notes
1Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 Complete at least 12 hours by the end of the term
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
ENGL 101 * or ENGL 118 * 3  
1Natural Sciences Electives * 4  
2Unrestricted Elective (MATH 119  recommended if needed) 3  
Term 2
1Arts and Humanities Elective * 3 ENGL 101 *
ENGL 102 * 3  
MATH 125 * 3  
1Natural Sciences Elective * 3  
2Unrestricted Elective 3  
Term 3
3ACCT 200  or ACCT 207   3 MATH 125 *
1Cultures and Civilizations Elective * 3  
3ECON 201 * or ECON 207 * 4  
RCS 210   3  
1Social Sciences Elective * 3  
Term 4
3MGT 201   3 Complete at least 54 hours by the end of the term
RCS 341   3  
3STAT 201 * or STAT 207 * 3  
2Unrestricted Elective 3  
Term 5
CMST 240 * or  CMST 247 * 3 2.3 cumulative GPA
3,4MARK 300   3 RCS 210  
RCS 310 , RCS 311 , RCS 346   10  
Term 6
3,4MGT 300   3 No milestones
RCS 376 , RCS 391 , RCS 422   12  
Term 7
3,4FINC 300   3 No milestones
RCS 412   3  
5Retail and Consumer Sciences Electives 6  
2Unrestricted Elective 3  
Term 8
RCS 410 , RCS 421   6 No milestones
5Retail and Consumer Sciences Electives 6  
2Unrestricted Elective 3  
TOTAL 120  
* Meets University General Education Requirement .
1 Select courses from the University General Education list. At least one of the natural sciences electives must have a laboratory.
2 Select any courses not already required for the major.
3 Business administration minor requirement.
4 Must be taken at UTK.
5 Select 12 hours from RCS 225 , RCS 320 , RCS 411 , RCS 425 , RCS 435 , RCS 441 , RCS 480 , RCS 484 , RCS 493 , RCS 495 , RCS 497 ; HRT 425 .