Minor in Retail

About the Minor

The Retail Minor, administered by the Design & Merchandising program, provides core foundations in retail and wholesale operations, buying and merchandise planning, and e-commerce for the fashion lifestyle industries. Students develop key competencies in marketplace research, competitive analysis, retail math and assortment planning, product sourcing, inventory allocation and retail analytics. The curriculum allows the opportunity for individualized tailoring with course options in DSMR Special Topics including Sustainability, Beauty Merchandising and Retail Globalization. The minor is open to all Drexel University students, and requires the completion of eight or nine courses for a minimum of 25.0 credits.

Required Courses:
DSMR 231Retail Operations *3.0
DSMR 232Merchandise Planning and Buying *4.0
Select 6 courses:18.0-19.0
Analysis of Product
Digital Promotion Strategies
Branding and Retail Strategies
Digital Commerce
Merchandising Operations & Management
Retail Intersections: Social & Cultural Issues
Advanced Merchandise Planning and Buying
Fashion Product Development
Total Credits25.0-26.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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