College of Agriculture & Human Ecology

Merchandising and Design

What Is Merchandising and Design?

Merchandising is about forecasting what customers want, investigating where to find it, determining the appropriate price and making the merchandise available to customers through various means such as retail stores, catalogs and the Internet. The industry includes designing, manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing of textiles, apparel, home furnishings and other consumer products. This concentration provides excellent preparation for graduate school, management trainee programs with large retail companies or careers in sales and direct marketing.

What Can I Do with a Merchandising and Design Degree?

  • Retail manager
  • Clothing and textiles specialist
  • Consultant
  • Merchandise buyer
  • Sales representative
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Shopper/stylist
  • Fashion coordinator
  • Fashion designer
  • Pattern maker
  • Fashion model
  • Textile researcher
Fashion Display Case
Fashion display case
Student Fashion Show
Student fashion show