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The Department of Retailing at the
University of South Carolina Boasts:

  • One of the largest four year retailing programs in the nation

  • Average RETL class is 50 students

  • Award winning faculty

  • Commitment to the community:
    More than 60 students in five RETL courses volunteered services to Habitat for Humanity RESTORE. Professor Marianne Bickle won the University of South Carolina's Outstanding Service Award in 2007

  • 100 students annually participate in paid Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising internships; 99% of the students receive permanent placement offers at the conclusion of the internship.

  • The Department offers more than 30 industry specific courses, combining theoretical and practical application of industry concepts.

  • The Department of Retailing at the University of South Carolina is the only program that offers an emphasis in Retail Management and Fashion Merchandising.

  • Students are able to earn credit by studying abroad for an entire semester or during Maymester (i.e., three weeks). Examples of destinations students have gone include London, Hong Kong, Paris, Florence, and Venice.

  • One of the few Retailing programs nationwide that have a full-time internship director year round on staff to assist students in finding full and part-time positions.

  • 2007 was an international year for many retailing students
    Fourteen students studied in Florence and Venice
    Nine students studied in Paris
    Five students studied in Taiwan

  • Global Virtual Scholars from China presented to over 50 students in real-time regarding retailing differences between South Carolina and China.


Burnsed, A. Home Furnishings Consumption Choices: A Qualitative Analysis. Qualitative Market Research: An International Journal. Vol. 17 No. 1, 2014, pp. 24-42.

Campbell, J. (2013).  Muy local: Differentiating Hispanic and Caucasian shoppers of locally produced foods in US grocery.  Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, 20(3), 325-333.

Campbell, J. (2013). Antecedents to purchase intentions for Hispanic consumers:  a ‘local " perspective. The International Review of Retail, Distribution, and Consumer Research, 23(4), 440-455.

Back-to-school shoppers ringing up savings during SC tax holiday
--The State

Whole Foods to add healthy competition … That could mean good things for consumers...
--Post and Courier

Sales tax holiday in 3 weeks --The State

Whole Foods' arrival a boon --The State

Congratulations to Marianne Bickle who has been asked to blog on Forbes. Her blog can be found by clicking here. Bickle will post a blog every week.

Discounts rev up early
Shoppers are putting sales at the top of their must-have lists this holiday season — and retailers are responding. "Instead of waiting for Black Friday, retailers are starting to say, 'OK, we're starting earlier,'" said Marianne Bickle, director of USC's Center for Retailing. More...
—The State

Shop for groceries in your pjs
Online grocery shopping is the wave of the future, said Marianne Bickle, director of USC's Center for Retailing. More...
—The State

Cotton prices could threaten consumers
"I believe if you have a cotton product you want to buy, then buy it, especially in the holiday season," said Bickle. "Those prices are not guaranteed, like gas prices. Gas prices go up and down. So do retail prices. But consumers often don't think that's fair." More...
—ABC News


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HRSM Meets Fashion and Food in Paris

Leading in style: RETL's Brittany Terry


RETL 592M / HRTM 590M—The Food and Fashion of London
May 13–22, 2015

Discover first-hand one of the fashion, retail and culinary hubs of the world! This trip to London, England is a unique opportunity to observe and experience key international retailing, designer and culinary venues as well as important museums, galleries, artistic venues, exhibitions, markets and related businesses.

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Fashion Group International (FGI) of Charleston has opened up six student membership spaces for USC students who are pursuing a career in the fashion field. Preference will be given to those with senior standing in fall, but juniors and Master's in Retailing students may also apply. Deadline: 12/06/13.
To apply, click here.
For more information about FGI, visit charleston.fgi.org

Retailing has partnered with the NRF (National Retail Federation) to bring our students free membership in the NRF's Student Association To become a member, click here.