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Fashion Merchandising

Taking fashion from the runway to retail.

Stevenson University's Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising is the first upper-level program of its kind in Maryland that prepares you for careers in marketing and merchandising for the apparel and retail industries.

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With an academic background in Fashion Merchandising, students can better understand trends, product management, fashion marketing, and design aesthetics to anticipate and market to consumer demands in careers such as: Product Coordinator; Marketing Representative; Apparel Product Engineer; Fashion Consultant; Visual Merchandiser
  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    The Fashion Merchandising program offers you the opportunity to combine your love of fashion with a business focus. The curriculum combines classes from marketing, management, art, and fashion disciplines to give you a foundation in all the aspects of the business fashion. The focus is on the business and marketing aspects of merchandising, particularly how sourcing, buying, pricing, promotion, visual merchandising, consumer behavior and brand management work together to bring fashion products to consumers. The program also addresses the international emphasis of the industry and its global impact on society.

    Experience Fashion

    Fashion merchandising students have the opportunity to:

    • Collaborate on fashion projects with major brands and retailers such as Boscov’s, Nordstrom 
    • Study abroad in England, Ireland, Italy and beyond
    • Complete internships with major companies such as Nordstrom, Rag & Bone, Anthropologie, South Moon Under
    • Produce an annual fashion show 
    • Attend apparel and accessory tradeshows such as Magic Market Week, Coterie to name a few
    • Participate in fashion field trips to major cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC
    • Travel courses to cities such as Florence, Milan, London and Paris

    What Will You Learn?

    • Analyze, develop, construct, and execute effective marketing strategies for a specific fashion or retail operation.
    • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of consumer behavior and choose appropriate professional techniques in the display and sales of fashion and retail goods.
    • Identify and interpret style and retail trends as they relate to fashion and retail cycles as well as targeted consumer markets.
    • Interpret, assess, and respond to economic and market factors that affect consumer fashion and retail demand.
    • Select appropriate solutions utilizing a working knowledge of specific areas of domestic and international marketing, management, and law as they relate to the business operations of fashion and retail merchandising.
    • Employ sophisticated personal communication and technology skills to enhance job effectiveness.

    A complete listing of learning objectives for the Fashion Merchandising program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    Why Study Fashion Merchandising?

    Graduates of this program can expect to find employment with advertising agencies, design studios, fashion publications, merchandising manufacturers, fashion and retail forecasting firms, and other businesses. Career options for Fashion Merchandising majors include:

    • Retail Buyer
    • Assistant Buyer
    • Boutique Owner
    • Stylist
    • Store Planner
    • Visual Merchandiser
    • Showroom Manager
    • Blogger
    • Social Media Manager
    • Fashion Editor
    • Merchandise Manager/Analyst/Trainee
    • Market or Merchandising Researcher
    • Sales Representative
    • Market Research Trainee
    • Product Coordinator
    • Fashion Public Relations
  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    Course Sequence

    Fashion Merchandising

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    FYS 100 First Year Seminar
    ACC 215 Survey of Accounting
    EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics
    FDES 200 Textiles
    FDES 274 History of Fashion
    FMER 210 Fashion and Culture
    FMER 223 The Business of Fashion
    FMER 290/FDES 290 Internship Preparation
    FMER 315 Writing for Fashion
    FMER 320 Fashion Retailing
    FMER 323 Fashion Product Merchandising
    FMER 340 Merchandise Sourcing and Logistics
    FMER 360 Visual Merchandising
    FMER 390/FDES 390 Internship
    FMER 430 Current Topics in Fashion Merchandising
    FDES 470 Portfolio
    or FMER 470 Portfolio
    GDES 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media
    INBUS 325/ MKT 325 International Marketing
    IS 135 MS Office Applications
    LAW 208 Business Law
    MGT 204 Principles of Management
    MGT 210 Business Writing
    MKT 206 Principles of Marketing
    MKT 311 Consumer Behavior
    MKT 336 Integrated Marketing Communication

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors


    The minor in Fashion Merchandising is designed for students interested in the business of fashion.  It prepares students to understand the role of apparel in today’s marketplace and the relationship between the fashion and production apparel industries.

    The minor in fashion merchandising requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a FMER prefix, which focus on fashion and culture, fashion retailing, product merchandising, and fashion communication. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    Last Updated: 06/25/2018

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