Design, Housing & Merchandising: Merchandising, BSHS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2020-2021. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120

General Education Requirements
English Composition
See Academic Regulation 3.5
ENGL 1113Composition I3
or ENGL 1313 Critical Analysis and Writing I
Select one of the following:3
Composition II
Critical Analysis and Writing II
Technical Writing
American History & Government
Select one of the following:3
Survey of American History
American History to 1865 (H)
American History Since 1865 (DH)
POLS 1113American Government3
Analytical & Quantitative Thought (A)
MATH 1483Mathematical Functions and Their Uses (A) (Minimum grade of "C")3
Humanities (H)
DHM 3213Heritage of Dress II (H) (Minimum grade of “C”)3
Courses designated (H)3
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
DHM 2573Textiles (LN) (Minimum grade of “C”)3
Course designated (N)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
ECON 1113The Economics of Social Issues (S)3
or ECON 2103 Introduction to Microeconomics (S)
Additional General Education
Courses Designated (A), (H), (N), or (S)10
Hours Subtotal40
Diversity (D) & International Dimension (I)
May be completed in any part of the degree plan
At least one Diversity (D) course
At least one International Dimension (I) course
College/Departmental Requirements
Human Sciences
HS 1112Human Sciences First-Year Seminar2
or HS 3112 Human Sciences First-Year Seminar for Transfer Students
HDFS 2113Lifespan Human Development (S)3
Hours Subtotal5
Major Requirements
Minimum grade of “C” in each course
Major Core Requirements
DHM 1003Design Theory and Processes for Design and Merchandising3
DHM 1101Wicked Problems of Industrial Practice1
DHM 2003Problem Solving Strategies3
DHM 2403Research Methods3
DHM 3033Material Culture3
Select 2 hours of the following:2
Local Motive and Supply Chain
Sustainable Textile Innovation
Empathic Design
Triple Bottom Line Analysis
Biomimicry Industrial Practices
Active Design
Communicating Sustainable Practices
Design Activism
Sustainable Materials Flows
Ethics for a Sustainable World
Life Cycle Analysis in Design and Merchandising
Sustainable Consumption
Option Requirements
DHM 1433Fundamentals of the Fashion Industry3
DHM 2423Technology and Visual Communication for Merchandisers3
DHM 2913Sewn Product Quality Analysis3
DHM 3433Retail Strategies in the Digital Sector3
DHM 3553Profitable Merchandising Analysis3
DHM 3563Merchandise Acquisition and Allocation3
DHM 3853Visual Merchandising3
DHM 3991Pre-Internship Seminar1
DHM 4453Product Development Process3
DHM 4824Professional Internship4
DHM 4993Global Sourcing Strategies3
ACCT 2003Survey of Accounting3
MGMT 3013Fundamentals of Management (S)3
MKTG 3213Marketing (S)3
STAT 2013Elementary Statistics (A)3
or STAT 2023 Elementary Statistics for Business and Economics (A)
Controlled electives
Select 9 hours of the following:9
Written Communication
Anthropometry and Ergonomics in Design
Styling for Merchandisers
Introduction to Entrepreneurial Thinking and Behavior
Women and Minority Entrepreneurship
Corporate Entrepreneurship
Growing Small and Family Ventures
Imagination in Entrepreneurship
Managing Behavior and Organizations
Human Resource Management
Managing Diversity in the Workplace (D)
Leadership Dynamics
Consumer and Market Behavior
Sales Management
International Marketing
Services Marketing
Digital Marketing
A max of 6 hours of foreign language may be used
Hours Subtotal68
Electives can be met with any additional courses providing student meets required prerequisites. It is highly recommended students take advantage of off-campus study programs and study abroad opportunities. See your advisor to discuss ways you can increase your global competency by studying abroad.
Select 7 hours7
Hours Subtotal7
Total Hours120

Other Requirements

  • 40 upper-division hours required.
  • A 2.50 Major GPA is required. This includes all courses in College and Major Requirements.
  • A 2.50 Major GPA is required for full admission to the Internship Program.
  • Transfer Admission Requirements: 2.00 for less than 31 hours; 2.25 for 31-45 hours; 2.50 for more than 45 hours and minimum grade of “C” in MATH 1483 Mathematical Functions and Their Uses (A) or MATH 1513 College Algebra (A)

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2026.