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Ohio University Majors

Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Major

Program Overview

The Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development curriculum offers coursework in both creative (product development and promotion) and analytical (sales performance and trend) 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 Transfer

Students interested in the Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development program will enter Ohio University with a pre-major code of ND8835 (Pre-Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development). To be admitted to the major, you must apply and be accepted after successful completion of six courses and achieving an accumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. To obtain the documents necessary to change your major or externally transfer into the program you will need to speak with a representative in the Office of Student Affairs located on the 1st floor of McCracken Hall in Room 102. The main office can be reached at 740.593.4400

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Career opportunities include retail management, buying, product development, merchandising, visual presentation, quality control and wholesale sale, and entrepreneurship. 

Our graduates have gone on to exciting careers with companies such as:

  • Steve Madden/Cejon
  • DSW
  • Maurices
  • Kohl's
  • Target
  • Big Lots
  • L Brands
  • Nordstrom

Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details

Degree: Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Sciences
Code: BS6380


Patton College of Education
Human and Consumer Sciences
McCracken Hall
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2880
Fax: 740.566.8111

Administrative Contact

Lisa Williams, contact person

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