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Retail Management

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Retail Management degree is designed to prepare individuals working in the retail management, food industry, and related fields, for the mid-level management position challenges of the future. The curriculum encompasses business essentials and also emphasizes the skill sets needed for effective management and communication in the work environment. Instruction will provide the background and knowledge necessary for students to develop the judgment skills they must exercise as business managers. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Retail Management is also available.


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Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Associate Degree
Retail Management (DEG)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2020

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate skills in leading, negotiating, and working in harmony with others in a business setting. (MGT101, MGT229, MGT251, GBS+++, MGT+++, SBU200, [HU])
  • Apply fundamental concepts to perform basic computing skills and technology operations. (BPC110, CIS105)
  • Demonstrate communication principles and critical thinking through written and oral formats. (COM100, SBU200, (CRE), [FYC], [HU], [SG/SQ], GBS+++)
  • Evaluate various leadership styles and management techniques and explain their use in contemporary business settings. (MGT101, MGT229, MGT251, MGT+++, SBU200)
  • Apply marketing principles to the development of a marketing strategy. (MKT268, MKT271, MKT+++, GBS+++)
  • Evaluate current trends in human resource management and human resource needs to develop a human resource plan. (MGT251, MGT276, MGT+++)
  • Interpret and analyze financial information and financial performance measures to make business decisions. (ACC111, ACC112, ACC211, ACC212, ACC230, ACC240, [MA])
  • Evaluate merchandising, financial planning, and strategy in the industry to make business decisions. (MGT180, MKT268)
  • Create and present a strategic plan for a business, including financial strategy and financial performance measures. (MGT180)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Choose one of the following three accounting sequences:
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC230Uses of Accounting Information I (3) AND
ACC240Uses of Accounting Information II (3)
ACC111Accounting Principles I (3) AND
ACC112Accounting Principles II (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)
ACC211Financial Accounting (3) AND
ACC212Managerial Accounting (3)6-9
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
MGT101Techniques of Supervision (3) OR
MGT229Management and Leadership I (3)3
MGT180Retail Management (3) OR
MKT268Merchandising (3)3
MGT251Human Relations in Business3
MGT276Personnel/Human Resources Management3
MKT271Principles of Marketing3
SBU200Society and Business3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Student must complete an additional nine (9) to fifteen (15) credits from GBS, MGT, and/or MKT prefixed courses (except courses used to satisfy Required Courses area) to complete a minimum of 61 total program credits. Must include at least one MKT course.
GBS+++ Any GBS General Business course(s)
MGT+++ Any MGT Management course(s)
MKT+++ Any MKT Marketing course(s)
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 19-24
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
ENG102or ENG108 recommended for students considering pursuing a bachelors degree at an Arizona university.
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by SBU200 in Required Courses area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.

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