Research opportunities are available due to the high level of research productivity in the department. Graduate students are afforded the opportunity to become well-rounded researchers via coursework, special projects, and experience as research assistants.
Industry partnerships with many corporate headquarters of leading retailers located in the Knoxville metro area add to the graduate experience. The program offers the opportunity to work on industry-related projects through the Institute for Service Excellence and the UT Tourism Institute.
Professional development is encouraged by graduate student involvement in faculty research that results in scholarly presentations and publications.
Funding opportunities are available campus-wide for scholarly presentations at conferences and instructional enhancement.
Faculty members are diverse in their areas of expertise and provide the opportunity for graduate exposure to many facets of retail. The Retail and Consumer Science graduate program has achieved international, national and regional leadership.
An optimal graduate experience aids in developing future professional linkages among program cohorts.
- Heritage Tourism
- Film Induced Tourism
- Sustainable Tourism
- Race, Ethnicity & Gender
- Event Management
- Tourism Economic Impact Assessment
- Tourism Forecasting Model Development
- Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism
- Sustainable Business and Tourism
- Brand Strategy: Brand Extension and Collaboration
- International Retailing
- Consumer Response to Corporate Brand Behavior
- International Retail Environment
- Tourism Retail
- Tourist’s Shopping Behavior
- Cross Cultural Research
- Retail and Service Marketing
- Consumer Adoption of Technology
- Customer Relationship Marketing
- Consumer Experience
- Sustainable Consumption
- Cultural and Ethnic Influences
- Computer-Mediated Communication in Consumer-Brand Relationship
- Consumer Behavior in Technology-Involved Environment
- Consumer Culture
- Consumption Communities
- Event Planning
- Food Service and Nutrition
- Entrepreneurship and Hotel Management
- Consumer Motivations and Behavior in Hospitality
- Human Resource Management
- Hospitality Management
- Soft Skills
- Legal Issues
- Foodservice and Restaurant Management
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Local/Sustainable Food Consumption
- Consumer Eating Behavior and Healthy Eating Environment
- Financial Security of Working Poor Households
- Higher Education Affordability and Student Financial Literacy