NDSU’s apparel, retail merchandising and design major prepares students to be leaders and problem solvers in the global marketplace. And they’re given the option of tracks in apparel studies or retail merchandising.
“I chose NDSU’s program because I could decide whether I wanted a design focus or a business focus,” said Alex Meyer, a junior in the program from Fargo. “I want to work in a more business-oriented field, and I knew NDSU’s program could offer me the best of both worlds.”
Both tracks give students hands-on experience in product development, buying and merchandising. The program also offers a variety of internships, field trips and study tours to immerse students in the industry.
“In my classes, we work on a lot with projects. Sometimes it’s developing a line of NDSU-themed products to pitch to the NDSU Bookstore, while other times it’s partnering with a local retailer to create a visual display based on concepts we have learned in class,” Meyer said. “These experiences are helping shape my success, as I am actually applying what I’m learning in my coursework.”
The program also prepares students to be ethical team members and leaders. Students learn about social responsibility, sustainability and environmental issues as they relate to the fashion and retail industries.