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Retail and Consumer Sciences

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 science program 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.

The undergraduate 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 part of their educational program. Professional contacts made in field study experiences often lead to opportunities for career placement upon graduation.

The graduate program offers a Ph.D. degree in the area of retail and consumer sciences incorporating a consumer perspective into the changing world of retailing.

Contact the Department of Retail, Hospitality,
and Tourism Management

1215 W. Cumberland Ave.
110 Jessie Harris Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-1911

Fax: 865-974-5236

Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism
Phone: 865-974-2141

Retail & Consumer Sciences
Phone: 865-974-2141