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Retail Studies Minor

Get the skills you need to succeed in retail with the Retail Studies Minor.

The Retail Studies Minor is both curriculum and experience-based programming. Our curriculum offers strong business theory in the classroom through a diverse set of core requirements covering marketing, economics, data analytics, consumer behavior and technology and information systems.


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The Retail Studies minor is open to undergraduates in all fields within the University.

We actively pursue opportunities for access to the best real-world experiences here locally in Silicon Valley, with retailer field experiences in the San Francisco Bay Area and conferences in New York and Las Vegas. All experiences are developed to give you a holistic view of the retail industry and its many career opportunities. The Retail Studies Program provides the insights and experiences to prepare for a career in the retail industry in many diverse fields including buying & merchandising, e-Commerce, planning, store management, global sourcing, supply chain, finance and information technology. We are proud to attract Retail Visionaries, Entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley Executives to Santa Clara University to connect you directly to business insights and technology evolution.

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Once accepted into the Retail Studies Program, students automatically become members of the Retail Studies Student Association (RSSA).

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RMI Internships are typically paid, full-time opportunities for retail studies students to experience the culture and business of recognized, industry leading retail and tech industry innovators. 

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RMI offers experiences and exposure to the retail industry through industry speakers, conferences, cutting-edge curriculum, internship & career connections, scholarship opportunities, and more.

Why Choose RMI?

RMI is a minor through the Leavey School of Business that is open for application to students of any major interested in retail!

    Experience-based program with a cutting-edge curriculum

    Events with members of Retail Studies Student Association

    Corporate tours and guest speakers from successful retailers

    Opportunities for executive board positions & merit-based financial aid

    Exclusive internship fairs and recruiting events
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Retail Studies Requirements

RMI provides a platform for deep collaboration between industry and leading academics into the emerging and evolving concepts impacting retail today. The knowledge generated from this collaboration forms the basis of our curriculum.


Core Courses                                    Recommended Scheduling
Contemporary Business



Financial Accounting

ACTG 11 / ACTG 11A

Actg 11 is for business students
Actg 11A is for non business majors.



BUSN 179
For business students only

Computer Concepts





Data Analysis

OMIS 40 or  PSYC 40 or MATH 8/123 or AMTH 108

or COMM 110/COMM 100
Prerequisites for Comm 110 are Comm 1 & Comm 2




Technology / Information Systems

COMM 12/COMM 50 or OMIS 34  or ACTG 134(or equivalent) or SOCI 49/149



Principles of Marketing

MKTG 181

Fall or Winter
Multi-Channel Retailing

MKTG 165
BUSN 70 followed by ACTG 11/ACTG 11A as well as MKTG 181 are prerequisites for Mkt 165

Winter or Spring

Note: Students register in the Spring of their Junior year but the actual internship will be typically completed over the summer or fall.
If you are dropping the RMI minor you are responsible to drop Busn 198R. If you forget to drop this class then you will get a NS grade which does not impact your GPA.

Offered in Spring Only

Organization and Management

MGMT 160

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Senior Seminar 1

MKTG 168
MKTG 165 is a prerequisite for MKTG 168
Offered in Fall Only


Senior Seminar 2

MKTG 169
MKTG 168 and MKTG 165 are a Prerequisite for MKTG 169.
Offered in Winter Only



We'd love to hear from you if you have any questions about the retail studies program. Email us today.