Coordinator
Dr. Priscilla Gitimu, Ph.D.

Room: 3524 Cushwa Hall
Phone: 330-941--1822
Email: pngitimu@ysu.edu

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.

Minor

  • 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
COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
MATH 2623Quantitative Reasoning3
ART 1540Masterpieces of World Art3
or ART 1541 Survey of Art History 1
or ART 1542 Survey of Art History 2
PHIL 2625Introduction to Professional Ethics3
or PHIL 2628 Business Ethics
CHEM 1500
1500L
Chemistry in Modern Living
and Chemistry in Modern Living Laboratory
3
or CHEM 1505/1505L Allied Health Chemistry 1
or CHEM 1515/1515L General Chemistry 1
SOC 1500Introduction to Sociology3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses) 6
Major 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 3760Visual Merchandising3
MRCH 3745Product Line Development3
MRCH 4870Global Fashion Economy3
MRCH 4877History of Fashion3
MRCH 4880Merchandising Management3
HMEC 4836Internship3
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
Fashion Industry Tour
History of Furnishings and Interiors
HMEC 5895International Studies in Human Ecology1-4
HMEC 4875Directed Individual Study1-3
Required Additional Courses 1
FNUT 1543Personal Nutrition1
CSIS 1514Business Computer Systems3
MGT 2604Legal Environment of Business 13
CHFM 3731Individual and Family Development3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MKTG 3709Retail Marketing3
ACCT 1503Elementary Accounting3
or ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting
Electives to reach 120 hours10-12
Total Semester Hours120-129
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500 Success Seminar 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 Hours16
Spring
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 Strong Start FYE 2
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
Fall
MRCH 1508 Apparel Production (Social and Personal Awareness) 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
PHIL 2625 Introduction to Professional Ethics (Social and Personal Awarenesss) 3
A & H elective 3
CHEM 1500 Chemistry in Modern Living 3
CHEM 1500L Chemistry in Modern Living Laboratory 1
 Semester Hours16
Spring
MRCH 2625 The World of Fashion 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
ACCT 1503
Elementary Accounting
or Financial Accounting
3
MRCH lower level course 3
 Semester Hours12
Year 3
Fall
MRCH 3705 Fashion Textiles 3
MRCH 3730
Social Psychology of Clothing and Appearance
or Family Housing and Technology
3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
MRCH 3713 Merchandise Buying 3
MRCH Upper division elective 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
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
Fall
MRCH 4877 History of Fashion 3
HMEC 4836 Internship 3
MRCH 1510 Apparel Evaluation 3
MRCH 3745 Product Line Development 3
 Semester Hours12
Spring
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
3
MRCH lower division elective 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours116

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.