Retailing and Consumer Science Minor

The Retailing and Consumer Science (RCSC) minor is complementary to Pre-Business and business-oriented degree programs.

This minor is open to all UofA majors but is ideally suited to students who want to pursue retail entrepreneurship or specialized careers in the retailing sector including Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Decision Science, Information Management, and Supply Chain Management. Courses in the RCSC Minor include classes from the BS Retailing and Consumer Science pre-major. Additional RCSC electives provide opportunities for students to focus on specific areas of interest.

Why add a RCSC Minor?

The rise of private label retail products and direct-to-consumer retailing (vertically integrated retailing) has dramatically expanded the need for retailing understanding and knowledge – far beyond traditional retailers.

If you would like to declare the RCSC Minor please go to our RCSC Minor Information Session!

Pre-requisites (must be completed prior to enrolling in RCSC Courses):

Note: Same pre-requisites as RCSC Major except for RCSC 295A and FCSC 202. Only one class from each bullet below must be completed, with the exception of Accounting. If Acct 200 is completed you must also complete Acct 210. 

  • Computing Applications: MIS 111, AGTM 120, BE 120, FCSC 120, NSC 120, or PLS 120
  • Accounting: ACCT 250 or ACCT 200 and 210
  • GE Math: MATH 109C, MATH 112, MATH 113, MATH 116, MATH 120R, MATH 125, or MATH 129
  • Statistics: AREC 201, FCSC 201, PSY 230, SOC 375, or BNAD 276
  • Economics: ECON 200

What courses do I need to take?

Required Coursework - 10 units
RCSC 304 Retail Math (3 units)
RCSC 214 Introduction to Retailing (3 units)
RCSC 216 Retail Business Analysis and Decision Making (3 units)
RCSC 216A MS Excel and Retail Business Analysis  (1 unit)

Upper Division Courses – 9 units
Choice of three upper-division RCSC elective courses from RCSC Minor elective list (9 units)

Note: A student in this minor who completes the required 10 credits in the RCSC Minor will meet the requirements of the RCSC Pre-Major except for RCSC 295A: RCSC Career Exploration (1 unit) and FCSC 202, PSY 290A, or SOC 374 Research Methods. FCSC 202 is offered online in Summer.

Available electives for RCSC Minor:

RCSC 305 Advanced Retail Planning (3 units)

RCSC 320 Product Development and Brand Strategies (3 units)

RCSC 325 Retail Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 units)

RCSC 330 Food Retailing Principles (3 units)

RCSC 346 Fundamentals of Marketing (3 units)

RCSC 360 Digital Retailing (3 units)

RCSC 434 Omnichannel Retailing (3 units)

RCSC 446 Global Retailing (3 units)

RCSC 496A Topics in Retailing and Consumer Science (3 units)*

RCSC Core courses will not be open to RCSC Minors to maintain the peer-support and student retention benefits of the RCSC student cohort system.

*Based on course and instructor requirements.

RCSC Majors may not enroll in the RCSC Minor.

Declaring the Retailing and Consumer Science Minor

The Retailing and Consumer Science (RCSC) minor is complimentary to Pre-Business and business-orientated degree programs.

This minor is open to all UofA majors but is ideally suited to students who want to pursue retail entrepreneurship or specialized careers in the retailing sector including Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Decision Science, Information Management, and Supply Chain Management. Courses in the RCSC Minor include classes from the BS Retailing and Consumer Science pre-major. Additional RCSC electives provide opportunities for students to focus on specific areas of interest.

To declare the RCSC minor please go to our RCSC minor information session and complete the quiz and minor form. 

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