Retail Merchandising and Product Development
The RMPD undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Retail Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD), which integrates an understanding of design, textiles, and retail merchandising—the necessary components in bringing products from concept to consumer. The Retail Merchandising and Product Development major (RMPD) prepares men and women for executive training programs and other entry-level retail merchandising and product development positions within a diverse range of retail and retail-related businesses.
The industry-savvy Retail Merchandising and Product Development (RMPD) curriculum produces highly marketable graduates able to contribute immediately to the successful management and operations of retail companies whether through corporate operations, the product development function, or store operations. The curriculum places a strong emphasis on industry-relevant technology, including design, production, and merchandising software, and professional experience through a required internship. Courses in the RMPD curriculum include content related to merchandising strategy, consumer behavior, design principles, forecasting, buying, sourcing, planning, allocating, distribution, inventory management, store organization, visual merchandising, and sales. Emphasis is placed on soft goods and fashion-driven products. The RMPD curriculum sheet provides a detailed description of the major.
Florida State University uses a mapping system for most undergraduate students. The Retail Merchandising and Product Development Academic Map provides a term-by-term sample course schedule, as well as a list of milestones to the right of each term that are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. To graduate on-time, you need to make sure you have achieved or surpassed these milestones by the end of each term.