Retail Degree: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Retail Option - Business Management

The Retail Management program is designed to prepare you for an entry level management role within your retail industry of choice.

The program emphasizes effective management in the retail environment including marketing, inventory, and merchandising, professional marketing and selling, international marketing, e-commerce, and supply chain management. It also includes the development of basic business management skills, accounting principles, and the economics of supply and demand.

The Associate of Applied Science Retail Option - Business Management is available 95% online

Learning Outcomes:

  • Manage in the retail environment, including merchandising and inventory management
  • Develop supervisory skills and learn to manage staff effectively
  • Perform inventory control analysis used to improve supply chain efficiency
  • Develop retail campaigns based on an understanding of consumer buying behavior
  • Effectively use the advantages of different retail environments, including e-commerce


ENGL 1013 Composition I
CISQ 1103 Intro to Computer Information
BLAW 2013 Legal Envirmnt of Business I
MATH (check with your advisor to ensure you are taking the correct course)
Social/Behavioral Science

(see the degree plan for elective information)

ACCT 2013 Principles of Accounting I
ENGL 1023 Composition II
ISM 1503 Spreadsheet Analysis (EXCEL)
ECON 2023 Prin of Microeconomics
MGMT 1033 Retail Management

ACCT 2023 Principles of Accounting II
BADM 2633 Pro Selling and Marketing
ENTR 2043 E Commerce
INTB 2033 OR INTB 2066
BADM elective

(see the degree plan for elective information)

OSIM 1103 Business Communications
ECON 2013 Prin of Macroeconomics
TRLG 1013 Supply Chain Mgmt for A.A.S.
BADM 2533 Supervision

(see the degree plan for elective information)

BADM 2703 Internship Experience

Degree, Transfer Options, and Careers:

Many courses at NWACC carry transfer credit to four-year institutions and can fulfill general education requirements.

Those who pursue a degree in Retail may find job opportunities in the following occupations:

  • Buyer
  • District Manager
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Merchandising Representative
  • Retail Salesperson
  • Store director/Manager