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Merchandising Management Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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Students in the Merchandising Management program prepare for positions in management, merchandising, inventory control, sales promotion, public relations, or human resources. This field offers a wide variety of career opportunities with retailers, manufacturers, marketing research firms and product information services. In a global, diverse, and fast-paced, competitive environment, merchandisers are involved in market analysis, product planning, sourcing, procurement, pricing, distribution and visual presentation of apparel and textile products to satisfy consumer needs.



The Merchandising Management major is a professional program (major code 416). Entering students are designated as Pre-Merchandising Management majors (major code 277).

Merchandising Management major requirements are divided into two parts. The first part (the pre-Merchandising Management major), usually taken in the first two years, must be completed before formal admission into the major. The second part (Professional School) is usually taken in the last two years after formal admission into the Design major.

Summary of Requirements:
Pre-Merchandising Management Major (57)
   Pre-Merchandising Management Core Classes (32)
   Art, Communications, Economics, Math, Statistics, and Writing (25)*
Professional School (67)
   Pro-School Core Classes (40)**
   Merchandising Management Courses (27)
University General Education Requirements (24)
Unrestricted Electives (32)

*21 credits from pre-merchandising management major satisfy University General Education Requirements.
**8 credits from merchandising major satisfy University General Education Requirements

Total Required for Graduation (180)


Merchandising Management Curriculum

The Merchandising Management major is a professional program offered through the College of Business.

Pre-Merchandising Management Program

Newly admitted students to OSU and all current OSU students who seek to complete an undergraduate Merchandising Management degree program offered by the College of Business (COB) are designated as pre-Merchandising Management majors. The pre-Merchandising Management program requires completion of courses within the first and second year (see core curriculum below) that build a solid foundation for the upper-division design curricula. These courses must be completed before the student is eligible for admission to the professional design program. The pre-Merchandising Management course work may be completed at OSU or any accredited college or university that offers equivalent courses transferable to OSU.

Professional Merchandising Management Program

Admission to the professional merchandising management program is restricted to those students who have demonstrated an ability to achieve the high standards required for professional studies. Enrollment within each academic option may be limited to the number of students who can be served by the faculty and facilities of that option. Therefore students should strive to meet the minimum eligibility standards of their particular option of choice as well as those of the College of Business itself. Additional information on the pro-school process and current competitive GPA levels for each option can be found on the Pro-School Competitive GPA section of the College of Business Advising website.

To apply and be considered for admission, all pre-professional students must meet the following requirements:

Students who have completed their pre-Merchandising Management courses at a college or university other than OSU must be admitted to pre-Merchandising Management their first term and apply for the professional program during their first term of attendance.

Merchandising Management Program Requirements (180)


Merchandising Management Core Curriculum (72)

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 (10)

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 (32–35)

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 non-business 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.

Pre- Merchandising Management Design (Major code 277)


First Year (45 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 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)

Students who transfer to OSU from another academic institution will complete the following courses:

BA 101. Business Now (6)
BA 170. Business Insights (2)

All other students, including students completing their degree via OSU Extended Campus and current OSU students who are changing their major to design, will complete the following course:

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)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)

General Baccalaureate Core courses (17)
Elective credits (5–8).

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 (45 credits)

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)
BA 215. Fundamentals of Accounting (4)
BA 253. Professional Development (4)
DHE 221. Computer Aided Apparel Design I (3)
DHE 255. Textiles (4)
DSGN 244. Color Innovation (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 (8)

Professional Merchandising Management Design (Major code 416)


Third Year (45 credits)

ART 367. *History of Design (4)
   or *ENGR 350. Sustainable Engineering (3) (required for Housing Studies option)
BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (4)
BA 352. Managing Individual and Team Performance (4)
BA 354. ^Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
BA 390. Marketing (4)
DSGN 341. Design Thinking and Process Innovation (4)
DHE 330. Fashion Forecasting and Market Analysis (4)
DHE 333. History of Contemporary Fashion (4)
DSGN 335. Apparel and Footwear Value Chain (3)
DSGN 377. Retailing and Merchandising (4)
MGMT 364. Project Management (4)
Baccalaureate core, minor courses, or unrestricted electives (2–3)

Fourth Year (45 credits)

DHE 475. *Global Sourcing of Textiles, Apparel and Footwear (4)
DSGN 471. Retail Presentation Strategy (4)
DHE 472. Merchandise Planning and Control (4)
DSGN 473. Retail Strategies Practicum (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 (44)


Fall

ART 101. *Introduction to the Visual Arts (3)
BA 160. B-Engaged (3)
MTH 111. *College Algebra (4)
WR 121. *English Composition (3)
Bacc Core Science (4)

Winter

BA 161. Innovation Nation–Awareness to Action (3)
Bacc Core Fitness (2)
Bacc Core Speech (3)
Bacc Core Science (4)

Spring

BA 162. Innovation Nation–Ideas to Reality (3)
Bacc Core Cultural Diversity (3)
Bacc Core Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)
​Bacc Core Science (4)


Second Year (45)


Fall

ART 206. *Introduction to Westert Art: Neoclassicism to Contemporary (3)
BA 215. Fundamentals of Accounting (4)
DSGN 255. Textiles (4)
WR 222. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 323. *English Composition (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)

Winter

BA 253. Professional Development (4)
DSGN 221. Computer Aided Design 1 (3)
DSGN 226. Specification Buying (4)
   or DSGN 287. Studio I: Design Communication (4)
DSGN 281. Drawing and Sketching (4)

Spring

DSGN 244. Color Innovation (4)
ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ST 201. Principles of Statistics (4)
Bacc Core (4)


Third Year (48)


Fall

BA 260. Introduction to Entrepreneurship (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

BA 390. Marketing (4)
DSGN 333. (4) [Pending proposal submission and approval]
DSGN 377. Retail and Merchandising (4)
DSGN 475. Global Sourcing of Textiles, Apparel, and Footwear (4)

Spring

ART 367. History of Design (3)
BA 354. ^Managing Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (4)
DSGN 335. Apparel and Footware Value Chain (3)
MGMT 364. Project Management (4)

Fourth Year (43)


Fall

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

Winter

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

Spring

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

 

Pre-Merchandising Management major code 277



Major Code: 416

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