Merchandising integrates creative expression, marketing, and business operations in
the fast-paced fashion industry.
Why merchandising at OSU?
OSU students learn to monitor fashion market trends, identify product development
opportunities, and regulate buying and selling operations. Merchandising is an option
of the Design, Housing and Merchandising degree program. Graduates are highly coveted
by national brands, manufacturers, product developers and design firms.
Merchandisers work in retail, corporate and visual communication sectors. Sample employment
Buying and wholesale
Social media and graphic design
TOP 10program in the U.S.
according to Fashion-Schools.org (2018)
Students complete a required professional internship that provides valuable work experience
prior to graduation and industry connections that lead to future employment opportunities.
The pre-internship course equips students for the internship preparation, interview,
and hiring process.
Students may participate in the annual trip to New York where they attend industry
and alumni events and interview at prospective internship sites. Each summer, faculty-led
study abroad experiences in locations such as London, Paris and Spain are offered
for course credit.
Students participate in student chapters of professional organizations including the
Merchandising and Apparel Design Association. Modmuze, the fashion magazine published
each semester by students, showcases fashion trends and the retail industry.