The RCSC courses (both core and elective) cover a vast array of retailing and consumer behavior topics. These courses emphasize various principles employed to manage the retail supply chain in order to satisfy consumers’ needs. RCSC majors examine retail marketing and management concepts that are applied across a broad spectrum of U.S. and global retail businesses including store, catalog, internet, and services firms and other businesses that support these diverse retailers.
What are the career prospects for RCSC undergraduates?
The retailing industry generated over $4 trillion in sales in 2008, a figure that demonstrates the staggering impact of the industry on the U.S. economy and around the world. This translates into career opportunity too, whether in a corporate setting, in the field or in a related industry – highly qualified RCSC students are in demand.
Many graduates from the Retailing and Consumer Sciences program are recruited for executive development programs with major retailers across the U.S. These are structured training programs that lead to careers in management, buying, planning, product development, human resources, event management and visual merchandising, just to name a few. Other students are interested in pursuing the supply side of the industry and will find placement with vendors and manufacturers where they will be trained in category management and product sales. Still others will use their undergraduate degree to obtain placement in graduate programs to continue their education.
With a professional undergraduate degree in retailing and consumer sciences from the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, our graduates move forward into the business world equipped to become leaders in a global marketplace (Read more and view statistics).
High School Students
Prepare yourself for this degree by taking courses in math, science, and subjects that provide exposure to business-oriented topics such as marketing, accounting, economics, and vocational education.
Current UA Students
Due to the large numbers of students who want to obtain a major in Retailing and Consumer Sciences (RCSC) and our department's commitment to give consistent information to each applicant, we hold RCSC Admissions/MAJOR Program Information Sessions. RCSC has a pre-major and a major. These sessions are also mandated as part of the application for the professional program. At these sessions, a generalized overview of the entire major including the pre-major, major, and internship programs are fully explained. The sessions are held in the McClelland Park building at the corner of 4th Street and Park Ave. throughout the fall and spring semesters.
Student must attend a mandatory RCSC Major/Information session administered by the RCSC Undergraduate Coordinator. Information sessions are only offered during the Fall and Spring semesters. NOTE: When UA students change their major to RCSC, their graduation is usually delayed by one to three semesters.
Please use the link below to sign up for an information session:
Following the presentation there is plenty of time for questions and answers from the students. Once the session has concluded, we can then process the paperwork necessary to change your major. You must be a student in good standing at the University of Arizona and have a minimum overall GPA of a 2.0.
You will need to bring an updated Academic Advisement Report (AAR) if you are already an RCSC major, or you will have to bring a "what if" AAR with RCSC listed as your major to the session if you are enrolled in another major. You cannot change majors unless you bring your updated AAR.
Pima Community College Transfers
RCSC participates in the Two Plus Two Program with PCC. PCC students are highly encouraged to take STU 210 at Pima the semester prior to transferring. NOTE: You MUST go through the University of Arizona Admissions program and be accepted to the UA before being able to take classes and declare a major in Retailing and Consumer Sciences. See the University of Arizona Admissions website for more information on how to apply to the UA. Once admitted, students must attend a mandatory RCSC Major/Information session administered by the RCSC Undergraduate Coordinator. Sign-up sheets are in the Norton School Student Services Center, located in Room 203 of McClelland Park.
Apply to the University of Arizona for acceptance. NOTE: You MUST go through the University of Arizona admissions program and be accepted to the UA before being able to take classes and declare a major in Retailing and Consumer Sciences. See the University of Arizona Admissions website for more information on how to apply and UA polices on transferring. Once admitted, students must attend a mandatory RCSC Major/Information session administered by the RCSC Undergraduate Coordinator. Sign-up sheets are in the Norton School Student Services Center, located in Room 203 of McClelland Park.
RCSC students are eligible for merit and need based scholarships awarded through the Lundgren Center for Retailing and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. All students must apply online through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. For more information, see:
What are the RCSC B.S. degree requirements?
See our listing of courses and degree requirements, as well as the RCSC Suggested Four Year Plan of Study for both the RCSC pre-major and major (see also the RCSC Four Year Plan Info Graphic).
What is the difference between an RCSC pre-major and major?
All students admitted into RCSC are pre-majors. The pre-majors are eligible to take only lower division RCSC courses such as RCSC 214 and 216. The majors are eligible to take upper division RCSC courses (300 and 400 level).
How does a RCSC pre-major become a RCSC major?
RCSC pre-major students must complete the application for progression available for download below:
We encourage all RCSC students to complete two internships. We structure these 10-12 week internships so students can earn academic credit. Internship experience is an important balance to the classroom. Students hoping for placement in a top executive development program with a retailer when they graduate must demonstrate some level of real world knowledge about the industry. The internship provides this exposure and builds knowledge of the company. Students who graduate with a RCSC degree and internship experience are in high demand by the retailing industry. Many already have a job offer waiting for them when they graduate.
RCSC students find their own internships by attending career fairs and company information sessions. Career Fairs are held every Fall and Spring to give students the opportunity to network with company recruiters. A robust campus interview program is coordinated by Career Services and additional networking events are offered by the Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing. Join the TJLC student listserv.
Once students have secured an internship position, they contact the RCSC Internship Coordinator who approves and oversees the academic component of their experience. For more information, please contact Felicia Frontain, RCSC Internship Coordinator, or visit the Retailing and Consumer Sciences Internship Program page to learn more about internship opportunities.
Independent Studies are coordinated between the RCSC student and an RCSC faculty member. After meeting with the student, the faculty member will decide how many units (if any) the experience will be worth. Then an agreement is drawn up and signed by both the student and the faculty member. The faculty member will ensure that the student is registered for the units. Note: Pre-majors are only eligible for lower division units. Majors are eligible for upper division units.