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Center for Retail Studies




Since its founding in 1989, the Center for Retail Studies has been committed to serving students interested in retailing careers and to supporting retailers through research, service, and educational programs.

The Center for Retail Studies is located in the Parker College of Business, and is directed by the Department of Marketing. Students interested in retailing can major with a B.B.A in Marketing while having a concentration in Retail Store Management or Fashion Merchandising.

The Center aims to merge the gap between academia and practice by exposing students to National Conferences and guest speakers in the retail industry. Students annually attend the National Retail Foundation’s “Big Show” in New York City and the Shop.Org annual summit. In addition, the Center helps facilitate retail internships and career opportunities available to students by hosting guest speakers of retail companies on campus and by assisting retailers’ involvement with Georgia Southern University’s career fair.

If you are a student interested in our retailing program or if you are a retailer interested in becoming a partner, volunteer, donor, or an employer of our students, please contact Mike Thomas (

Mission Statement

The Center for Retail Studies in the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University provides a learning community that merges academic excellence with professional excellence through applied student learning experiences and service to retail professionals.

Last updated: 8/25/2021