Course descriptions

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Enrollment in courses numbered 300 or above requires at least junior standing

121. Principles of Merchandising. 3 hrs. An introduction of merchandising with an overview of production and merchandising systems.
222. Professionalism in Merchandising. 3 hrs. Professional practices related to merchandising.  Includes oral and written business communications, ethical decision making and critical thinking.
330. Textile Industrial Complex.  3 hrs.  Introduction to the characteristics, composition, and end-products of the textile supply chain including fiber, yarn and fabric producers and manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
331. Product Analysis. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: MER 330.  Evaluation of consumer products in relation to cost, variety, quality, performance, and consumer demand from a retail and merchandising perspective.
332. Societal Influences on Consumer Behavior. 3 hrs. Impact of cultural and societal diversity on retail product meaning, consumer choices, and consumer behavior.
335. History of Apparel.  3 hrs.  Prerequisites: HIS 101 or 102.  Diffusion of innovations and product-life cycles from a global perspective, focusing on culture, society, economics, politics and technology.
337. Applied Merchandising. 3 hrs.  Prerequisite: MER 121 and MKT 300 or permission of instructor.  Promotional mix, store planning/design, retail management, customer service, financial planning/control, negotiations, consumer research and ethics in an experiential setting.
421.Market Center Analysis.  3 hrs.  Planned study of international market centers with emphasis on supply chain, product development and ancillary services related to retail and merchandising.  May be repeated up to 9 hrs.
435. International Policy and Retail Strategy.  3 hrs.  Prerequisite: BA 200.  Economic and trade policies, comparative advantages and ethics affecting international retail strategy in foreign markets and their affects on the distribution of consumer goods.
436. Retail Buying and Assortment Planning.  3 hrs.  Prerequisites: MER 121, MAT 101, ACC 200.  Basic accounting methods and financial management of retail inventory.  Interpretation and use of data related to buying, control, assortment planning and merchandise allocation.
437. Apparel Product Development.  3 hrs.  Prerequisite: MER 330 and 436. Understanding processes related to forecasting, product planning, sourcing, technology, pricing, production methods, and branding strategies for retail consumer goods.
438. Sustainability and Global Sourcing. 3 hrs.  Prerequisite: MER 437 or permission of instructor.  Social responsibility and environmental stewardship in global sourcing practices and methods.  Analyzes structural and competitive issues of retail and merchandising supply chains.
439. Internship.  3 hrs. Prerequisites: MER 337, 436, and senior standing. Supervised work experience in retail, merchandising or related field. Students must have a 2.8 GPA; approval must be obtained through application to the faculty coordinator prior to registering.
478. Integrated Merchandising Channels. 3hrs. Prerequisite: 337 or permission of instructor Multi-channel merchandising strategies focusing on social media and other digital tools utilized in communication, branding, and promotion of retail goods.
498. International Merchandising Seminar Abroad. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of program director. Conducted abroad a series of lectures and discussions involving authorities on international merchandising issues and practices.
499. International Marketing Research Abroad. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of program director. A research course in international merchandising offered for students enrolled in MER 498.


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)