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2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Retail Management, AAAS Planning Guide

Program Description:

The Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree and Certificate are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills in Retail Management to enter the workforce directly upon completion of the degree or certificate. Shoreline Community College works closely with local advisory committees comprised of industry professionals to ensure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand by employers in the field. Students interested in pursuing a four-year baccalaureate degree in Business should follow the Business AA-DTA transfer degree planning guide.

Program Advisor:

David Starr
206-546-4725 Rm 1404
Stephen McCloskey
2206-546-5871 Rm 1405
Ailsa Kellam
206-546-4657 Rm 1410

AAAS Degree (93-95 Credits)

Note: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. However, the information is subject to change without notice and final career decisions are the responsibility of the student.

Program Information:

Length of Program: 93-95 Credits
Completion Award: AAAS
Enrollment: Fall, Winter, Spring
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $25-$85
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)

EPC 298

Program Prerequisites:

Placement into ENGL& 101  or BTWRT 215 , and placement into MATH 070  or BUS 102 .

General Education Core Requirements - 18-20 Credits

Communication Skills (5 Credits)

Choose either BTWRT 215  or ENGL& 101 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose either BUS 102  or MATH& 107 .

Multicultural Understanding (3-5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses: BUS 103 , CMST 203 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 EDUC& 240 

Human Relations (5 Credits)


Approval To Graduate

Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________

Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________

Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________

Retail Management-What is it?

Retail management is any business activity involved in the selling of goods or services. Depending on the size of the company, retail managers are responsible for operations that often include buying, marketing, merchandising, inventory control, personnel and finance management. The Retail Management program is built on a foundation of general business courses, focusing on retail marketing, merchandising, management and sales to prepare students for positions in the dynamic retail industry. Leadership opportunities exist through Collegiate DECA.

Program Outcomes:

Students who successfully complete this program -by achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better for the entire program-should be able to:

  1. Understand business operations, such as: buying, selling, marketing, financial reporting, personnel management and issues related to policies, regulations and business law.
  2. Apply principles of retail buying to plan, select and control merchandise.
  3. Apply marketing principles to plan, select and produce effective advertising media.
  4. Demonstrate good salesmanship-effectively interview clients and gauge consumer needs.
  5. Develop, initiate and analyze sales programs, along with budget and expense reports.
  6. Apply business mathematics to analyze data and solve business problems.
  7. Communicate effectively-verbally and in writing; build positive consumer, vendor and public relations.

Career Opportunities-What can I do with a Degree or Certificate in Retail Management?

Retail Management graduates develop strong general business and management skills to work in a variety of business settings and positions, such as Department Store Managers, Assistant Managers, Buyers, Merchandise Managers, Sales Associates and Representatives. Entry-level salaries generally range from $18,000 to $24,000 with mid- management ranging from $35,300 to $60,200.

Potential employers include: Department and clothing stores, grocery stores, automobile dealerships, home building and furnishings, and on-line retailers. For more, please visit career information and resources at

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101