Jul 20, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Retail and Fashion Merchandising (B.S.H.C.S.)

Retail and Fashion Merchandising BS6384

Patton College of Education

Human and Consumer Sciences

McCracken Hall

Athens, OH 45701

Phone: 740.593.2880

Fax: 740.566.8111




Lisa Williams, contact  williaL6@ohio.edu

Program Overview

The Retail and Fashion Merchandising curriculum offers coursework in both creative (Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator, Product Development, and Promotion) and analytical (buying and planning, Excel and statistical reasoning) areas of merchandising, with a focus on fashion products.  Through this program, students learn how to navigate a career path in a fast paced, dynamic industry.  Supervision, leadership and management activities, in the context of fashion and retail careers, are emphasized.

Admissions Information

For Freshman/First Year Admission: Change of Program or External TransferStudents interested in the Retail and Fashion Merchandising program will enter Ohio University with the major code BS6384.  There are no additional requirements beyond what is required for admission to Ohio University.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Career opportunities include retail management, merchandising, buying, assortment planning, product development, visual presentation, wholesale sales, and entrepreneurship. Our graduates have gone on to exciting careers with companies such as:

  • DSW
  • Maurices
  • Kohl’s
  • Target
  • Big Lots
  • L Brands
  • Nordstrom
  • Express
  • NES Group Jewelry Wholesalers
  • ESP Trendlab



Students in the program take a variety of retail specific and related courses to create a well-rounded, business focused major.  The course of study includes professional development, knowledge of industry-specific business and sales applications, and hands-on retailing experiences.  For detailed information about courses and requirements, view the Retail and Fashion Merchandising undergraduate course program listing below.


Students complete two work experiences for the program.  The first, one credit hour, work experience (RFPD 2910) equips students with the entry level competencies necessary to obtain and succeed in a comprehensive internship program.  The internship course is a 12-hour course (RFPD 4910) and is placed in either the junior or senior year once course prerequisites are met. RFPD 4910 is a rigorous semester-long, full-time internship for academic credit and allows students to apply competencies obtained from major courses to result in a meaningful and product experience for both the employee and the employer.  Students must be completing their work hours during the semester or summer in which they are enrolled in these classes.

Capstone Course

The capstone course (RFPD 4800) serves as an intensive personal and professional assessment tool for prospective leaders in the retail and fashion industry.




University Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University graduation requirements.

Department Level Requirements for Human and Consumer Sciences

The Department of Human and Consumer Sciences has no entry or graduation requirements beyond those of the College and the University.  However, requirements differ considerably from program to program.  Consult with your advisor to ensure proper fulfillment of those requirements.

Complete one of the following:

Complete one of the following:

Complete one of the following:

Business, Communications or Visual Electives

Complete 6 hours from the following courses: