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Academic Program Guide

Retail Merchandising and Product Development

ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2017 and after)

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and multicultural requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

In this major, all required prerequisite and major courses require a final grade of 'C' or better (A C minus is NOT a sufficient grade).

** Please note: Starting with the Fall 2018 semester, this major will be moving to the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship. For more information, please contact Kirsten Frandsen at **

Mapping Coordinator: Matthew Nicewonger

Sample Schedule

Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Mathemetics (MAC1105 College Algebra preferred) 3
GE Core Natural Science and Lab4
ECO2013 Macroeconomics or ECO2023 Microeconomics3
Milestones 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Math (w/C or better)
Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics/Statistics (STA2023 Fundamental Business Statistics preferred)3
GE Natural Science3
PSY 2012 General Psychology or SYG 1000 Intro. to Sociology or SYG 2010 Social Problems3
CGS2060/2100 Microcomputer Applications3
Milestones 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 2nd GE Math/Statistics (w/C or better)
Complete PSY2012 or SYG1000 or SYG2010 (w/C or better)
Summer hrs
ECO2013 Macroeconomics or ECO2023 Microeconomics3
Oral Communication Competency 3
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
Term 3 hrs
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice3
ACG2021 Financial Accounting3
CTE1401 Introductory Textile Science and Lab4
CTE2800 Textile, Apparel, and Retail Industry Analysis3
CTE3201 Design Elements & Principles3
Milestones 3
Complete CGS2060 or CGS2100 (w/C or better)
Complete ECO2013 or ECO2023 (w/C or better)
Complete ACG2021 (w/C or better)
Term 4 hrs
GE Ethics3
FAD2230 Family Relationships3
CTE3806 Merchandising Principles3
Milestones 4
Complete ECO2013 and ECO2023 (w/ C or better)
Complete CTE1401C (w/ C or better in each)
Complete CTE2800 (w/ C or better)
Complete CTE3201 (w/C or better)
Term 5 hrs
CTE3763 Product Analysis and Costing3
2nd College Core (CTE3808 Consumers in a complex Marketplace recommended)3
MAR3023 Principles of Marketing3
Milestones 5
Completed CTE3806 (w/C or better)
Complete MAR3023 (w/C or better)
Term 6 hrs
CTE3431 Product Development3
CTE3835 Visual Merchandising Strategies3
CTE3809 Trend Analysis and Forecasting3
CTE4822 Quantitative Merchandising Management3
Milestones 6
Complete Department graduation check
Complete University graduation check
Term 7 hrs
CTE4829 Global Sourcing3
CTE4443 Quality Assurance for Textiles and Apparel4
Milestones 7
Complete CTE4822 (w/C or better)
Complete CTE3835 (w/C or better)
Term 8 hrs
CTE4811 Retail Merchandising Planning Strategies 3
CTE4826 Merchandising Buying 3
CTE4882 Professional Internship 6
CTE4866 Executive Perspectives on Retail Management 3
Milestones 8
Complete all Major courses with a C or better
Apply for graduation in 1st two weeks
Students are required to have a minimum FSU GPA of 2.0 or higher to graduate

Employment Information
Representative Job titles Related to this Major: Executive Trainee or entry-level manager leading to a variety of positions including Department Manager, Store Manager, District or Regional Manager, Assistant Buyer, Buyer, General Merchandise Manager, Divisional Merchandise Manager, Planner/Distribution, Vendor Representative; Sales Promotion: Visual Merchandising Manager, Advertising Manager, Sales Promotion Manager; Operations: Distribution Center Manager, Personnel: Recruiting, Training, or Human Resource manager, College Relations Manager, Quality Assurance Assistant, Quality Assurance Manager

Representative Employers: Department Store Retailers, Mass Merchandisers, Discount Merchandisers, Large and Small Specialty Stores, Electronic Shopping Networks, Fashion Publications, Food Retailers, Fiber and Fabric Manufactures, Entertainment Retailers, U.S. and State Governments, Online Retailors, Distriution Centers.

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

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