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Fashion Merchandising - B.S.

COLLEGE: College of the Arts
DEPARTMENT: School of Fashion Design and Merchandising
222 Rockwell Hall
Tel: 330-672-0195
Fax: 330-672-3772


DESCRIPTION: Students in fashion merchandising acquire a thorough background in both the business and creative aspects of the industry, developing competencies in fashion theory; development and marketing of fashion goods; merchandising for apparel manufacturing; retail operations, management and buying; fashion forecasting and promotion; and visual merchandising and display.

Combined Baccalaureate in Fashion Merchandising/Master of Business Administration in the College of Business and Graduate School Management
Fashion merchandising majors who qualify may enroll in the combined Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising/Master's of Business Administration program and complete both degrees within five years. Careful planning and advising are needed in order to successfully complete the programs in timely way. Student's intending to follow this plan should work closely with their faculty advisor. In the freshman year, the math choice should be Math 11012 or Math 12002. When the student has achieved 90 hours or more in the merchandising program )beginning of the junior year) and has a GPA of 3.30 or higher, her or she should apply for conditional admission to the M.B.A program. This application must occur no later than April 1 of the junior year. The GMAT exam must be completed with an appropriately high score at the time application is made.
Retail salespersons held about 4.5 million jobs in 2008. The largest employers were clothing and clothing accessories stores, department stores, building material and supplies dealers, motor vehicle and parts dealers, and general merchandise stores such as warehouse clubs and supercenters. In addition, about 156,500 retail salespersons were self-employed.

Because retail stores are found in every city and town, employment is distributed geographically in much the same way as the population.

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Freshman Students: Applicants must have at least a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) AND a minimum ACT composite score of 21 (or an SAT combined critical reading and math score of 980).

Transfer Students: To be considered for admission, transfer applicants need at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA based on 24 or more semester hours of college-level coursework at an accredited institution. Those students meeting this GPA requirement but with less than 24 semester hours will be evaluated as new freshmen.
Minimum 2.50 GPA overall and 2.50 GPA in major required for graduation. Minimum 2.50 GPA overall required for internship. Courses with an FDM prefix must be passed with minimum C (2.00) grade. Students are deregistered from FDM classes when minimum C (2.00) grade has not been attained in the course prerequisite.
STUDY ABROAD/AWAY OPPORTUNITIES: There are many study abroad/away opportunities, for more information contact the Office of International Affairs.
PROGRAM FEE: $100/semester
ACCREDITATION: National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Fashion Student Organization (FSO); Modista: Minority Fashion Group
Master of Business Administration