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Apparel, Retail Merchandising and Design/Retail Merchandising

Students majoring in apparel, retail merchandising and design with a focus in retail merchandising at North Dakota State University can make themselves marketable for a variety of careers in retailing fields. Retail merchandising is such a part of everyday life that people often take it for granted, but it is one of the fastest changing, most dynamic industries in the world today.

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Background Information

New retail opportunities are emerging around the world. National and global retailers provide goods and services to consumers everywhere, via multichannel retailing involving traditional stores, catalogs, direct mail and online venues, including social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Craigslist, just to name a few. Retailers use state-of-the-art technology to respond instantaneously to changing consumer demand from around the world. These changes in the retail industry provide many exciting opportunities for college graduates interested in the highly competitive, fast paced and profitable field of retailing.

Career Opportunities

Retailers undertake a wide variety of activities. They raise capital from financial institutions; purchase goods and services; develop accounting and management information systems to control operations; manage warehouses and distribution systems; design and develop new products; predict and act upon fashion trends; and undertake activities such as advertising, promotion, sales force management and market research. Thus, retail firms world wide offer opportunities for people with a wide variety of skills and education.

Graduates of the retail merchandising program hold positions such as buyers, store managers, visual merchandisers, regional managers, store owners, interior merchandisers, account executives and fashion forecasters with such companies as Target, Kohl's, Macy's, Best Buy, Land's End, TopShop, Vanity, Victotria's Secret, Bath and Body Works, The Gap, The Buckle, Shop NBC, and Scheels to name a few. Many stores limit their management positions to employees who have completed a four-year degree. Often, recruiters consider the degree a minimum requirement for a management and/or buying career.

The Program

Positions available in the retail merchandising field are diverse; therefore, this option provides students with an educational background that can fit into both short- and long-range career goals. The course of study includes classes on buying and merchandising, global retailing, retail market management, merchandise promotion, financial management and control, global fashion economics, consumer behavior related to apparel selection decisions, and the analysis of textile and apparel products using textile testing equipment.

Students choose to focus on the area of textile product or interior merchandising. The textile product merchandising focus includes courses such as sewn product manufacturing and analysis, consumer behavior, history of fashion, product development, dress and human behavior. The interior merchandising focus includes courses such as history of interiors, design process and interior graphics-knowledge needed to enter retail interior careers.

A 24-credit minor in business administration provides a general business background that prepares students for in-depth work in the retail merchandising field of study. An overall 2.5 grade point average is required for this option. A very strong general education curriculum assists students in learning critical thinking skills. Computer technology is an intrinsic aspect of the program.

Our Contacts Beyond College Walls

Special features of NDSU's retail merchandising program that help prepare students for a retail merchandising career include (1) acquiring sales and/or merchandising experience and earning college credit through summer retail internships, (2) participating in study tours to national or international destinations while earning college credit, and (3) obtaining a minor in business administration while earning the Bachelor or Science degree in apparel, retail merchandising and design. Another choice some students make is to attend the world renowned Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City. Students can take advantage of international study abroad experiences made available by NDSU's study abroad programs.

Through the above mentioned experiences, students gain valuable sales and/or retail merchandising experience before graduation while a faculty member helps them gain insight into store functions. Students are encouraged to work in retail stores part-time while in school, because learning takes place on the job as well as in the classroom. The study tours expose students to the fast pace of the constantly changing merchandising world.

The major benefits of a retail merchandising degree in this very competitive field are that our graduates have a better knowledge and understanding of (1) all textile products and how these products can be expected to perform, (2) product development, (3) how fashion trends evolve, (4) the impact of consumer behavior on the fashion and interiors industry, and (5) skills in managing and/or buying soft goods and interior products.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Fashion, Apparel and Business Organization (FABO) brings in speakers and organizes field trips and other activities to provide interaction with professionals. Other organizations in the college and University provide further opportunities for leadership development and contact with professionals.

Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are designated for students majoring in the department; additional scholarships are available to all college majors. For further information on scholarships, contact the Director of Student Services and Advancement.

Transfer Students

A sample curriculum is provided; other combinations are possible. Students who plan to transfer to NDSU should contact the Department of Apparel, Design and Hospitality Management for guidance in selecting courses before or during their first year.

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements

Credits

________________________________________________________

First Year Experience

  HD&E 189 - Skills for Academic Success

1

Communication

  Comm. 110 -Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

  Engl. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II

3, 3

  Engl. 320 - Business and Professional Writing

3

Quantitative Reasoning

  Math. 104 - Finite Mathematics or
    Math. 146 - Applied Calculus I or Higher


3 or 4

Science & Technology

   CSci. 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
      CSci. 116 - Business Use of Computers


3 or 4

   Science and Technology Electives

7

Humanities & Fine Arts

6

Social & Behavioral Sciences

   Econ. 105 - Elements of Economics

3

   Psyc. 111 - Introduction to Psychology

3

Wellness

2

Cultural Diversity

-

Global Perspective

   Econ. 105 - Elements of Economics

-

Total

40

Major Requirements

Credits

________________________________________________________

ADHM 150 - Design Fundamentals-Lecture

1

ADHM 171 - Fashion Dynamics

3

ADHM 271 - Visual Merchandising and Promotion

3

ADHM 272 - Product Development

3

ADHM 366 - Textiles

3

ADHM 367 - Textiles Laboratory

1

ADHM 372 - Global Retailing

3

ADHM 470 - Retail Financial Management and Control

4

ADHM 481 - Apparel and Textile Experience

3

ADHM 485 - Global Consumer Analysis

3

ADHM 489 - Study Tour

1-3

ADHM 491 - Seminar

1

ADHM 496 - Field Experience

3-6

Comm. 216 - Intercultural Communication or
  Comm. 271 - Listening and Nonverbal Communication or
   Comm. 308 - Business and Professional Speaking or
    Comm. 315 - Small Group Communication or
     Comm. 383 - Organizational Communication I





3

Total

35

Related Requirements

Credits

________________________________________________________

Acct. 102 - Fundamentals of Accounting

3

Mgmt. 320 - Foundations of Management

3

Mrkt. 320 - Foundations of Marketing

3

Mrkt. 362 - Foundations of Retailing

3

Stat. 330 - Introductory Statistics

3

300-400 Business Electives

9

Electives

3

Focus Area Options

21-22

Total

48

CURRICULUM TOTAL

123

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic adviser or with the Office of Registration and Records.

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Contact Information

Connie Eggers, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept 2600, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9847 / Fax: (701) 231-7174
Email:Connie.Eggers@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/hde

                or

Department of Apparel, Design, and Hospitality Management
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
Dept 2610, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8604 (or) 231-7351 / Fax: (701) 231-5273
Email: Holly.Bastow-Shoop@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/adhm/

Office of Admission
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Ceres 114
Dept 5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/


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Last Updated: Friday, May 02, 2014 10:12:33 AM