Fashion Merchandising, BS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. 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)
Select one of the following:3
Mathematical Functions and Their Uses (A)
College Algebra (A)
Business Calculus (A)
Minimum grade of "C" or (A) course
Humanities (H)
DM 3213Heritage of Dress II (H)3
Courses designated (H)3
Natural Sciences (N)
Must include one Laboratory Science (L) course
DM 2573Textile Science (LN)3
Course designated (N)3
Social & Behavioral Sciences (S)
ECON 1113The Economics of Social Issues (S)3
or ECON 2103 Introduction to Microeconomics (S)
Minimum grade of "C" for ECON course
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
EDHS 1112First Year Seminar2
HDFS 2113Lifespan Human Development (S)3
Hours Subtotal5
Major Requirements
Minimum grade of "C" in each course
Major Core Requirements
DM 1003Design Theory and Processes for Design and Merchandising3
DM 1433Fundamentals of the Fashion Industry3
DM 2003Problem Solving Strategies3
DM 2403Research Methods3
DM 2423Technology and Visual Communication for Merchandisers3
DM 2913Sewn Product Quality Analysis3
DM 3033Material Culture3
DM 3433Retail Strategies in the Digital Sector3
DM 3853Visual Merchandising3
DM 3991Pre-Internship Seminar1
DM 4453Product Development Process3
DM 4824Professional Internship4
DM 3993Global Sourcing Strategies3
ENGL 2513Introduction to Creative Writing (H)3
MKTG 3213Marketing (S)3
STAT 2013Elementary Statistics (A)3
or STAT 2023 Elementary Statistics for Business and Economics (A)
DM 3553Profitable Merchandising Analysis3
DM 3563Merchandise Acquisition and Allocation3
DM 4023Advanced Retail Strategies for Merchandisers3
MGMT 3013Fundamentals of Management (S)3
Controlled Electives
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Anthropometry and Ergonomics in Design
Editorial Styling for Merchandisers
Fashion Show Production
International Studies in Design and Merchandising
Diversity Issues in Facility Management and Design
Problems in Design and Merchandising
Visual Rhetoric and Design
Writing for the Public
Style and Editing
The Body in American Culture (DH)
Social Media Today (H)
Managing Behavior and Organizations
Human Resource Management
Managing Diversity in the Workplace (D)
Leadership Dynamics
Promotional Strategy
Sales Management
Services Marketing
Social Media Strategies
May use one of the following:
Managing Professional Relationships
Leading Organizational Change
Performance Management
Creating Ethical Work Places
Managing Confrontations
A maximum 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) or MATH 2103 Business Calculus (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 2029.