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Dr. Priscilla Gitimu, Ph.D.

Room: 3524 Cushwa Hall
Phone: 330-941--1822

Mission Statement of the Merchandising: Fashion & Interiors program

The Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors major prepares students for a broad range of careers related to the fashion and interiors industries. The program exposes students to an interdisciplinary and a global perspective to the business side of fashion apparel and home fashion industries. The students acquire a Bachelors of Applied Science degree which is designed to provide the skills and knowledge  for apparel and home goods industries, these skills include; merchandising, retailing, distribution, computer applications in textiles and apparel, product development and appraisal skills.  Students choose to do more of fashion or more of interior courses depending on their career aspirations. The program exposes students to rigorous course work in fashion and interiors courses. Students also complete courses in marketing, management, human ecology, and other support courses. The program serves undergraduates who aspire to be professionals in the fashion apparel industry and interior industry. Graduates find employment mostly in retailing of apparel, furnishings, accessories and personal care products.

What is Merchandising?
Merchandising is a specialized management function within the fashion, textiles and home interiors industries. Merchandisers are responsible for selection of materials, collaborating with the production team and meeting market requirements. The job demands knowledge of fashion trends, textures, materials and colors on one hand and understanding of market demand and the production processes on the other. Individuals who are assertive, flexible, and resourceful, who like to work with people, and who can assume responsibility, make quick decisions, and think clearly have the traits necessary for successful careers in fashion merchandising.

Internship requirements
Merchandising students must complete at least 3 semester hours of Internship credit.


  • Merchandising majors often select minors in Marketing, Management, Journalism, Communications, Art, or Photography. A minor should be selected from an area of personal or career interest.
  • There is a minor in fashion for students who have some interest in fashion. A fashion minor is a great complement to numerous career fields because fashion clothing serves a basic human need.

FIT- Fashion Institute of Technology - Visiting Student program

The YSU Merchandising program has an articulation agreement with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. Interested students can attend FIT for one academic year after completing 30 hours of GER credits at YSU and have 3.00 GPA. Participating students then come back to YSU to complete YSU residency requirement in the MRCH program and will end up with a BSAS MRCH degree from YSU and an Associate from FIT.  If you are interested in this program route, please consult very early with Dr. Priscilla Gitimu, the FIT liaison at YSU.

Career Opportunities
Graduates can pursue careers as:

  • Buyers
  • Department managers
  • Merchandise managers
  • Store managers
  • Store owners
  • Sales representatives
  • Sales managers
  • Merchandisers
  • Merchandise allocators
  • Merchandise planners
  • Merchandise analysts
  • Marketing directors
  • Fashion directors
  • Wardrobe consultants
  • Personal Shoppers

Check the Dictionary of Occupational Titles under section 141 for additional related careers.
Potential Employment Settings

  • Retail Department and Specialty Stores
  • Apparel manufacturers
  • Advertising agencies
  • Apparel design studios and workrooms
  • Textile and Findings manufacturers
  • Fashion forecasting firms
  • Retail business and apparel
  • Industry publications
General Education Requirements
Basic Skills14
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Quantitative Reasoning
Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services
Arts and Humanites6
Masterpieces of World Art
Survey of Art History 1
Survey of Art History 2
Introduction to Professional Ethics
Business Ethics
Natural Science Elective (Choose one CHEM with a lab and a NS Elective)6
Chemistry in Modern Living
and Chemistry in Modern Living Laboratory
Allied Health Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 1
Social Science Electives9
Introduction to Sociology
General Psychology
Principles 1: Microeconomics
Social and Personal Awareness6
Normal Nutrition
SPA Elective 3700 level
Required Courses (34 s.h.):
HMEC 1550Human Ecology Professions1
MRCH 1506Clothing and Image Development3
MRCH 2625The World of Fashion3
MRCH 3705Fashion Textiles3
MRCH 3713Merchandise Buying3
MRCH 3740LComputer Applications for Textiles & Apparel Lab3
MRCH 4870Global Fashion Economy3
MRCH 4877History of Fashion3
MRCH 4880Merchandising Management3
CHFM 3731Individual and Family Development3
HMEC 4836Internship3
HMEC 4890Communication of Contemporary Issues3
Select one of the two courses (3 s.h.):3
Social Psychology of Clothing and Appearance
Family Housing and Technology
Select two of the following lower-division courses (6 s.h.):6
Apparel Production
Apparel Evaluation
Fundamentals of Interior Design
Materials and Methods
Select two courses of the following upper-division courses (6 s.h.):6
Fashion Promotion and Fashion Show Production
Product Line Development
Visual Merchandising
Fashion Industry Tour
History of Furnishings and Interiors
Required Support Courses (18 s.h.): 118
Business Computer Systems
Legal Environment of Business 1
Fundamentals of Management
Marketing Concepts and Practice
Retail Marketing
Elementary Accounting
Financial Accounting
Electives 12

12 s.h. of elective coursework needed to meet the 120 s.h. required for the degree.  Selecting a minor will meet this requirement, but a minor is not required.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
CSIS 1514 Business Computer Systems 3
ART 1540 Masterpieces of World Art 3
MRCH 1506 Clothing and Image Development 3
 Semester Hours15
HMEC 1550 Human Ecology Professions 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
MATH 2623 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SOC 1500 Introduction to Sociology 3
HAHS 1500 Introduction to the Bitonte College of Health and Human Services 2
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
FNUT 1551
Normal Nutrition (FNUT 1543 - 1 s.h.)
or Personal Nutrition
MRCH 1508 Apparel Production 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics 3
A & H elective 3
 Semester Hours15
MRCH 2625 The World of Fashion 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
ACCT 1503
Elementary Accounting
or Financial Accounting
SPA Elective - 3700 level 3
MRCH lower level course 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
MRCH 3705 Fashion Textiles 3
MRCH 3730
Social Psychology of Clothing and Appearance
or Family Housing and Technology
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
MRCH 3713 Merchandise Buying 3
MRCH Upper division elective 3
 Semester Hours15
MRCH 3740L Computer Applications for Textiles & Apparel Lab 3
MKTG 3709 Retail Marketing 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
CHFM 3731 Individual and Family Development 3
MRCH Upper division elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
MRCH 4877 History of Fashion 3
HMEC 4836 Internship 3
HMEC 4890 Communication of Contemporary Issues 3
MRCH 1510 Apparel Evaluation 3
MRCH 3745 Product Line Development 3
 Semester Hours15
MRCH 4870 Global Fashion Economy 3
MRCH 4880 Merchandising Management 3
MRCH 3715 Fashion Promotion and Fashion Show Production 3
MRCH 3760
Visual Merchandising
or Fashion Industry Tour
MRCH lower division elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours120

Students who elect FNUT 1551 Normal Nutrition to meet SPA requirement are not required to take FNUT 1543 Personal Nutrition in the major and will need one more elective hour to reach 120 credits.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors program, graduates will be able to:

  • Generate effective solutions to problems in manufacturing and marketing.
  • Interpret the needs and wants of target customers.
  • Develop a financially sound product line.
  • Integrate and apply merchandising principles in workplace settings.
  • Evaluate product quality and serviceability.