Your Future in Retailing

Our retail degree fills a critical need to bridge all channels of the consumer's retail journey — from traditional stores to digital retailing — while integrating the consumer experience. Retailing encompasses developing, analyzing and evaluating retail business strategies; working in management; and buying merchandise for the omnichannel environment. A bachelor's degree can help prepare you for many exciting positions including:

  • Analyst
  • Buyer
  • Human Resources professional
  • Management professional
  • Merchandise manager
  • Omnichannel manager

Graduates work for companies such as Neiman Marcus, J.C. Penney, The Home Depot, Target, GAP, Fossil, Pier 1, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, The Container Store and Kohl's, to name a few.

What we offer

Our B.S. in Retailing prepares students to be:

  • Analytical and creative problem solvers
  • A valued part of a team
  • Cross-functional, resourceful and collaborative
  • Effective communicators with diverse groups both locally and internationally
  • Fluent in the languages of retailing, merchandising, consumer experience and technology


One of our program's key features is a required internship to help launch your career upon graduation. Our students intern at corporate, regional or store levels at companies throughout the United States and beyond.

Industry Networking

The Annual Consumer Experience Symposium and Executive + Scholar lecture series bring national and international executive-level speakers from major companies to campus several times a year. You can network with these industry thought leaders and gain insight into the retail industry. Annual events such as the Career Expo give you the experience and opportunity to network with company recruiters for potential internships and careers after graduation.

Study Tours

Our study tours are organized to broaden your perspectives of the global retail industry and supply chain. We offer U.S. study tours to New York, Dallas and Silicon Valley, as well as international study tours to China and Europe that include the global retail centers of Hong Kong, Beijing, Paris and London.

Research Center

The Global Digital Retailing Research Center hosts educational events and offers competitive industry-financed grants for student research.

Industry Connections

UNT's Merchandising and Retailing programs are highly respected and recognized by the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association. A degree in Retailing leverages this industry recognition.

Industry-Affiliated Student Organization

We sponsor a student chapter of the National Retail Federation that helps students establish industry contacts and enhance their professional development. Students are eligible to apply for faculty-sponsored trips to industry professional meetings.


Retailing majors are encouraged to apply for scholarships, many of which are industry funded, in the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. Scholarships are available to new students who have been accepted at UNT and to continuing students.

What to expect

As a Retailing major, you will take courses in retail principles, profit-centered merchandising, brand development, profit-centered retailing, omnichannel retail strategy, consumer engagement in digital channels, accounting, human resources, global sourcing, leadership and other topics.