Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors Major

Allowing you to channel your creativity and love for fashion and interior design, our Merchandising major prepares you for a great career in the field.

What You'll Study

Jobs in merchandising require knowledge of fashion trends, as well as understanding of the market and production processes. This degree prepares you for a broad range of careers in the fashion and interiors industry:

  •  Buyer
  •  Department manager
  •  Merchandise manager
  •  Store manager
  •  Merchandise allocator
  •  Merchandise analyst
  •  Wardrobe consultant
  •  Personal shopper

FIT Articulation

The program also provides the option of completing one of seven associate programs at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. FIT courses transfer back to Youngstown State upon completion.


  • Merchandising: Fashion and Interiors Major

    You'll receive an interdisciplinary education with courses in fashion merchandising, interior merchandising, marketing and business. The program can be completed in four years if you average 16 credit hours each semester. A minor is not required but a Marketing minor does complement the degree.

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  • Fashion Minor
  • Communication Studies Minor

    Looking to improve upon your communication skills? Interpersonal and intercultural communication skills are in high-demand with employers. This minor requires 18 credit hours.

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  • Finance Minor

    With this minor, you will be able to apply financial markets and business finances skills to use with your merchandising degree. The program can be completed in 19 credit hours.

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  • Journalism Minor

    Designed to give you give a solid understanding of journalistic practices, the Journalism minor gives you experience in writing, reporting, editing and publication design in 18 credit hours.

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  • Marketing Minor

    Marketing is the process of providing goods and services to consumers, with the main goal being to satisfy their needs and wants. This minor teaches these competencies in 19 credit hours.

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  • Photography Minor

    Gain skills in digital and analog photography to complement your merchandising degree. The Photography minor can be completed in 18 hours.

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Internships and Jobs


  •  Nanette Lepore
  •  Soul Sunday
  •  DIVA Donations


  •  Hanna Anderrson
  •  Saks Fifth Avenue
  •  Michael Kors