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Fashion and Retail Studies, Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology

Fashion and Retail Studies prepares you with the skills to succeed in an ever-evolving retail landscape. At Ohio State, you’ll learn from expert faculty and industry veterans on your way to becoming a leader of tomorrow.

  • Learn key principles in merchandising, product development, manufacturing and managing retail operations
  • Work alongside industry professionals while completing internships across multiple facets of retail and participating in industry events
  • Get direct access to a robust industry advisory board comprised of nearly 50 retail veterans with expertise in merchandising, creative and technical design, marketing, branding, product development, sourcing, manufacturing, procurement and operations
  • Take courses that hone your creativity, commerce and analytical skills, while also learning about consumers and their behaviors

The comprehensive understanding of the retail landscape I have gained from the FRS major at OSU has undoubtedly prepared me for a career in the industry post-graduation. From the plethora of retail specific networking opportunities and close knit relationships I formed with the FRS professors to the wealth of knowledge I attained from a competitively designed curriculum, I am set up for success.
- Deirdre Brady
BS, 2021


Merchandising track

Build a strong business acumen and analytical skill set to meet the demands required for a career in merchandising. You will gain knowledge in retail merchandising, forecasting, retail environments, market and consumer research, branding and global sourcing.

Product Development track

Students specializing in product development will graduate with a strong acumen in all aspects of the product lifecycle. Build a core understanding of the product pipeline and develop creative and technical skills needed to comprehend the manufacturing process at its foundational level. Coursework focuses on textile science, product development, global sourcing, technical package design, branding and social responsibility, sustainability and entrepreneurship.

Immerse yourself in Fashion and Retail Studies

Student Ambassador Program
The center point of the Fashion and Retail Studies program. Ambassadors are highly involved in many activities designed to prepare them for a career in retailing, directly engage with faculty and the industry advisory board, and lead key programs and events.

Industry Advisory Board
In partnership with program leaders, the industry advisory board helps students with opportunities for mentoring and coaching, industry visits, networking and career opportunities. It also ensures coursework and the student experience translates to real-world experiences as a retail professional.

Speaker Series
Learn from leading industry professionals as they share insights into career pathing, challenges and other factors they have faced throughout their own personal journeys in the retail industry.

Professional Development and Internships
We prepare you for the required fashion and retail internship with career-ready skills that includes mentoring and interview prep.

Historic Costume and Textiles Collection Volunteers
Volunteer, intern and federal work study opportunities provide valuable hands-on experience with fashion apparel from the past.

Out-of-the-classroom experiences

Fashion Production Association
Provides students the chance to publicly display their abilities in garment design and construction, as well as advertising, fundraising and special event production, ending the year with a fashion design show or public exhibit.

National Retail Federation Student Association
Participate in a number of opportunities in association with the National Retail Federation Foundation, the largest retail trade association in the United States, including speaker events, panel discussions, networking, career fairs and community service. Scholarships and competitions provide the possibility of attending the annual NRF Big Show in New York City.

CBUS Retail Partnerships
Provides students with opportunities to work directly with industry professionals on projects that result in a wide range of professional development and networking outcomes.

Career Paths

Our graduates start their careers at companies such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, L Brands, Macy's, Anthropologie, Target, Ross, GAP Chico's and Abercrombie & Fitch. They secure roles such as

  • Buyer
  • Designer
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Product Developer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Trend Forecasting
  • Global Sourcing

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Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
This program is direct admit; a minimum 2.0 GPA is required
Minimum Program Hours: 

Coursework: Aesthetics, business of fashion, global markets, fashion forecasting, consumer behavior, textile/apparel analysis, retail environments, historic costume.
Course requirements: University requirements (46-50 hours), department interdisciplinary core courses (13 hours), major requirements (36 hours), electives (20-24 hours)
Other requirements: Internship

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