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What is merchandising?

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. Graduates are highly coveted by national brands, manufacturers, product developers and design firms.

Career paths

Merchandisers work in retail, corporate and visual communication sectors. Sample employment sectors include:

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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. 

Merchandising students studying abroad

Global learning

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.

Student organizations

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. 

 merchandising intern working to gain experience.


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