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Merchandising Management Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Business | School of Design and Human Environment


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Students in the Merchandising Management program prepare for a variety of positions centered on researching, planning, and executing customer-right assortments of products and services. Graduates from this program can be found working for apparel, footwear, and hardline manufacturers as merchants who assist retailers in building product assortments, as product development coordinators who work with merchants and designers, as demand planners who predict what and how much needs to be produced for a given season, and as product creation support. They can also be found working for retailers as buyers and planners who work together to identify the right quantities and the right products to include in assortments, as merchants who work with buyers and design teams, as in-store merchandisers, and as store managers.



Merchandising Management major requirements are divided into two parts—lower-division and upper-division. The lower-division design core program involves completion of courses within the first and second year (see core curriculum below) that build a solid foundation for the upper-division merchandising curricula. The lower-division design core course work may be completed at OSU or any accredited college or university that offers equivalent courses transferable to OSU.

Summary of Requirements:
Lower-Division (59–62)
   Design Core Classes (31–34)
   Merchandising Management Courses (4)
   Art, Communications, Economics, Math, Statistics, and Writing (24)*
Upper-Division (66)
   Design Core Classes (39)**
   Merchandising Management Courses (27)
University General Education Requirements (24)
Unrestricted Electives (28–31)

*21 credits from lower-division merchandising management major satisfy University General Education Requirements.
**7 credits from upper-division merchandising management major satisfy University General Education Requirements

Total Required for Graduation (180)

Merchandising Management Program Requirements (180)


Merchandising Management Core Curriculum (74–77)

The Merchandising Management core curriculum provides students with a broad overview of design thinking and processes.

Mathematics and Statistics (8)

MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)

Economics (4)

ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)

Art (9)

ART 101. *Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
ART 206. *Introduction to Western Art: Neoclassicism to Contemporary (3)
    or ART 205. *Introduction to Western Art: Gothic to Baroque (3)
    or ART 204. *Introduction to Western Art: Prehistory to the High Middle Ages (3)
ART 367. *History of Design (3)

Written and Oral Communication (6)

COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

University General Requirements (24)

The ART, COMM, ECON, MTH, and WR classes above meet the university's baccalaureate core requirements for Mathematics, Social Processes and Institutions, Writing II, Speech, Western Culture, Literature and Arts, and Science, Technology and Society. All students must meet the other baccalaureate core requirements and the other requirements for baccalaureate degrees. (See Earning a Degree at OSU.)

Unrestricted Electives (25–28)

Students are provided elective credits to enable them to achieve a degree of specialization and depth to match their interests.

Minor (27)

Students are encouraged to choose a university-approved minor that consists of a minimum of 27 credits, with at least 12 credits at the upper-division level. Students are responsible for determining whether the minor has been approved for transcript visibility and to request the notation on their transcript. Students may also choose to complete a coherent set of non-business courses to support their career goals.

Merchandising Management Major (Major code 416)


First Year (45–46 credits)

Students entering OSU on the Corvallis campus as their first college experience are required to participate in Innovation Nation, the College of Business Living-Learning Community (LLC). These students, as well as students who transfer in the winter term into the merchandising management major from another college or university, will complete the following three-course sequence during their first year:

BA 160. B-Engaged (3)
BA 161. Innovation Nation—Awareness to Action (3)
BA 162. Innovation Nation—Ideas to Reality (3)

All other students will complete the following courses:

BA 101. Business Now (6)

All students should also complete:
ART 101. *Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
DSGN 121. Computer Aided Design (3)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

General Baccalaureate Core courses (21)

Note: Students entering design programs should have basic art and illustration skills. ART 115, Foundations: 2-D (4), and ART 117, Foundations: 3-D (4), are highly recommended elective courses.

Second Year (44–45 credits)

All students should complete the following courses#:

BA 280. Business Insights (2) Transfer students only
BA 281. Professional Development (3)
DSGN 282. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development I (1)
DSGN 283. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development II (1)
DSGN 284. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development III (1)

# Students who transfer from another college or university into the merchandising management major who have completed all lower-division design core course work should complete the following course:

BA 381. Personal and Professional Development (4)

All second-year students should also complete:
ART 206. *Introduction to Western History: Neoclassicism to Contemporary (3)
    or ART 205. *Introduction to Western History: Gothic to Baroque (3)
    or ART 204. *Introduction to Western History: Prehistory to the High Middle Ages (3)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
DSGN 244. Color Innovation (4)
DSGN 255. Textiles (4)
DSGN 276. Introduction to Merchandising Management (4)
DSGN 281. Drawing and Sketching (4)
ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)
WR 222. *English Composition (3
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Baccalaureate core, minor courses, or unrestricted electives (5–7)

Third Year (45 credits)

ART 367. *History of Design (3)
BA 315. Accounting for Decision Making (4)
BA 352. Managing Individual and Team Performance (4)
BA 354. ^Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
BA 390. Marketing (4)
   or BA 223. Principles of Marketing (4)
DSGN 330. ^Fashion Forecasting and Market Analysis (4)
DSGN 333. History of Contemporary Fashion (4)
DSGN 341. Design Thinking and Process Innovation (4)
DSGN 356. Specification and Evaluation of Performance Materials (3) [pending approval CPS #103820]
DSGN 377. Retail and Merchandising (4)
MGMT 364. Project Management (4)
Baccalaureate core, minor courses, or unrestricted electives (3)

Fourth Year (45 credits)

DSGN 471. Retail Presentation Strategies (4)
DSGN 472. Merchandise Planning and Control (4)
DSGN 473. Retail Strategies Practicum (4)
DSGN 475. *Global Sourcing of Textiles, Apparel and Footwear (4)
MRKT 492. Consumer Behavior (4)
MRKT 495. Retail Management (4)
Baccalaureate core, minor courses, or unrestricted electives (21)

Total=180


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Four-Year Sample Plan: Merchandising Management


First Year (46)


Fall (14)

BA 160. B-Engaged (3)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3) (Alpha coded)
   or
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
Bacc Core Science (4)

Winter (16)

ART 101. *Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
BA 161. Innovation Nation–Awareness to Action (3)
WR 121. *English Composition (3) (Alpha coded)
   or
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
   or COMM 218. *Interpersonal Communication (3)
Bacc Core Science (4)
Bacc Core (3) (Fitness, CD, DPD)

Spring (16)

BA 162. Innovation Nation–Ideas to Reality (3)
DSGN 121. Computer Aided Design (3)
WR 121. *English Composition (3) (Alpha coded)
   or
Bacc Core (3) (Fitness, Speech, CD, DPD)
​Bacc Core Science (4)
Bacc Core (3) (Fitness, CD, DPD)

Second Year (45)


Fall (16)

ART 204. *Introduction to Western Art: Prehistory to the High Middle Ages (3)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
DSGN 255. Textiles (4)
DSGN 282. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development I (1)
DSGN 276. Introduction to Merchandising Management (4)

Winter (15)

BA 281. Professional Development (3)
DSGN 281. Drawing and Sketching (4)
DSGN 283. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development II (1)
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Spring (14)

DSGN 244. Color Innovation (4)
DSGN 284. Personal, Professional and Leadership Development III (1)
ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
Bacc Core/Electives (5)

Third Year (46)


Fall (16)

BA 315. Accounting for Decision Making (4)
BA 352. Managing Individual and Team Performance (4)
DSGN 330. ^Fashion Forecasting ad Market Analysis (4)
DSGN 341. Design Thinking and Process Innovation (4)

Winter (16)

BA 390. Marketing (4)
   or BA 223. Principles of Marketing (4)
DSGN 333. History of Contemporary Fashion (4)
DSGN 377. Retail and Merchandising (4)
DSGN 475. *Global Sourcing of Textiles, Apparel, and Footwear (4)

Spring (14)

ART 367. *History of Design (3)
BA 354. ^Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
DSGN 356. Specification and Evaluation of Performance Materials (3) [Pending approval CPS 103820]
MGMT 364. Project Management (4)

Fourth Year (43)


Fall (15)

DSGN 471. Retail Presentation Strategies (4)
DSGN 472. Merchandise Planning and Control (4)
Electives (7)

Winter (14)

MRKT 492. Consumer Behavior (4)
MRKT 495. Retail Management (4)
Electives (6)

Spring (14)

DSGN 473. Retail Strategies Practicum (4)
Electives (10)



Major Code: 416

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