School and Ranking Info
While no schools in Knoxville offer a program specifically in retail management and merchandising, there are a few area schools with related programs. The closest school to Knoxville that offers a program in this field is less than 30 miles from the city center. The school has a major in consumer services, which includes coursework related to retail management and merchandising. This school was chosen because of its high regional ranking, strong business component and coursework in merchandising.
- Winner: Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN, is a Baptist-affiliated institution with a low student-faculty ratio. Future retail managers and merchandisers can earn a specialized bachelor's degree in consumer services while training in state-of-the-art facilities.
School Info Chart
|Rankings||#15 among Regional Colleges in the South (2015)*|
|Location||Jefferson City, TN|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergraduate: $23,696**|
|Retail Management and Merchandising Degrees Offered||Bachelor's|
|Retail Management and Merchandising Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||4**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 entering class||50%**|
|Noteworthy||The American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) Council for Accreditation accredits the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report; **NCES College Navigator.
- Department features cutting-edge classrooms and labs
- Extra-curricular activities include the Student Association on Consumer Interests
- Consumer services program allows for an 18-credit minor in business management
- Fashion merchandising and design emphasis offers an internship
Carson-Newman University is a Christian, liberal arts school located on a 125-acre campus in the Great Smokey Mountains that serves approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students a year. The university's School of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Consumer Services with two emphases, including one in fashion merchandising and design.
This 4-year degree program exposes students to all the various types of retail, ranging from the more standard establishments, such as department stores, discount stores or specialty stores, to less traditional formats such as catalog or electronic shopping. In addition to fulfilling the university's liberal arts requirements, students must complete an 18-credit family and consumer sciences core, as well as 23 hours of core courses in consumer services. These classes include co-operative management, clothing construction and textiles, interior design and retailing. Students also complete 18 credit hours of business electives or minor in business administration. Aspiring professionals pursuing an emphasis in fashion merchandising and design take classes in advertising and promotion, store design and visual presentations.