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State approves UNT retail degree to meet national demand

State approves UNT retail degree to meet national demand

January 21
03:38 2016

Sarah Sarder | Staff Writer


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved UNT’s move to introduce a bachelor’s of science degree in retailing, reflecting the demands of the industry and underscoring UNT’s desire to fulfill regional and national job needs.

It will be the first in the United States of its kind to include a focus in merchandising and digital operations. Students can start taking the courses in fall 2016. Another degree, one in public health, will be offered as well.

The new retail program will be the fourth degree option offered by the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism. The program comes as a welcome addition to complement the current retail-oriented degrees offered by the department, namely digital retailing, home furnishing merchandising and traditional merchandising.

“Our hope is to fulfill a void that exists in the North Texas area and to become a feeder for store management training programs, since there is a need for people coming out of school that are current on the impact of digital space too,” said Richard Last, senior director of the Global Digital Retailing Research Center.

Students majoring in retailing won’t be the only ones who could benefit from the degree. UNT will be adding three new classes along with the major: retail finance, advanced buying and planning, and retail strategies.

Sophomore Lindsey Lotze is already planning on taking these classes as electives to complement her merchandising and digital retailing double major.

“I want to make the most of being here at this school, and utilizing the tools that it’s equipping me with, to come out the strongest that I possibly can be,” Lotze said. “Using the classes as electives will allow me to fit them into my schedule.”

The recently-approved program will allow students to pursue a variety of new options in retail careers.

The public health degree

UNT also hopes to educate a generation of public health professionals to offset the projected deficit of health care workers in the near future. The new public health program is set to equip students to succeed in a changing job market.

While the College of Education already offers programs focused on specialized aspects of public health, the new program will encompass the entire discipline. The Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation has added two new classes with the introduction of this degree: introduction to public health and introduction to global health.

“It’s a very interdisciplinary degree, which really makes us unique because students get to engage with professors and departments all across campus,” associate graduate faculty and lecturer Dr. Jennifer Edwards said. “We orient our students toward what skills they will need to be public health practicing professionals.”

Chantel Coleman, a sophomore at Tarrant County College, will be transferring to UNT next semester in order to take advantage of the new public health program.

“What interests me is the administration aspect of it,” Coleman said. “I was looking for a degree that was going to be very beneficial in the health care administration field because I really want to work in hospitals, and this will fit me perfectly.”

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  1. Douglas Perret Starr, professor emeritus of journalism
    Douglas Perret Starr, professor emeritus of journalism January 22, 18:17

    bachelor’s of science degree is incorrect.
    It’s Bachelor of Science (c/lc), and no ‘s. Look at any degree. When you have an ‘of,’ you have a title. And ‘degree’ after the title is redundant. A Bachelor of Science is a degree. You can have a bachelor’s in science, all lc or a bachelor’s degree, all lc.

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