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102 Erikson Hall,
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
tel: (859) 257-3887

Welcome to the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management.

Our name has recently changed to the Department of Retailing and Tourism Management to reflect our expansion of scope and commitment to teaching, research, and service.

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Mary Grahm
Academic Coordinator

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Retailing and Tourism Management

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The Department of Retailing and Tourism Management is committed to excellence as it prepares students for various managerial level positions in increasingly diverse and growing market segments.  Our department offers students two separate pathways for degree focus, at an undergraduate and graduate level: Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles or Hospitality Management and Tourism.

Our goal is to blend creativity and business components to provide students with the most current application of technology and professional strategies used in service industries. Our curriculum is composed of instruction and hands-on interactions, with strong emphasis in business practices and decision-making and planning skills. 

Graduates of the Retailing and Tourism Management program demonstrate abilities in the following areas:

  • INDUSTRY OPERATIONS: Students are able to apply their knowledge of management, planning, staffing and controlling to organizations and business activities.
  • CULTURE AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR: Students can articulate awareness of cultural elements important to members of another culture in relation to history, values, politics, communication styles, economy, business, and beliefs and practices.
  • GLOBALIZATION OF RETAILING and TOURISM MANAGEMENT: Students demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to retail, hospitality and tourism management operations in an international marketplace.
  1. Evaluate social responsibility, professional behavior, and ethical impacts on individual, organizational, and corporate decision making.
  2.  Analyze and evaluate environmental and environmental sustainability’s impact on industry activities and processes.
  • CRITICAL THINKING: Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate and compare diverse perspectives.
  • CREATIVE THINKING: Demonstrate the ability to develop logical and consistent solutions to organizational problems.
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Students can apply career planning concepts and job search strategies to diverse industry opportunities.

Degree Concentrations

Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles:

Merchandising and TextilesThe Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles program develops graduates who are consumer and technology focused. Students study concepts and develop skills necessary for understanding consumer and market trends, strategies, and industry structures that facilitate the development, sourcing, marketing, and merchandising of consumer goods and services in the domestic and international marketplace.

Students also complete an industry related internship focused on applying classroom knowledge to real-world experiences.

Hospitality Management and Tourism:

Hospitality Managment and TourismThe Hospitality Management and Tourism program allows students to acquire the specialized knowledge needed for careers in the hospitality and tourism industries. The degree integrates marketing strategies, communications and financial management through a curriculum focused on management of facilities and operations that provide hospitality and tourism services to the public.

Students also complete an industry related internship focused on applying classroom knowledge to real-world experiences.

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