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Bachelor of Science in Fashion and Retail Studies

The Bachelor of Science program in Fashion and Retail Studies will prepare you to manage and merchandise fashion apparel, textiles, beauty and accessory products that will be manufactured and sold around the world. You'll have numerous opportunities to discover what makes this program the right choice for you - chances to meet nationally respected professionals, hold interesting internships, travel for international studies and more. You'll also be welcomed by student organizations with activities such as an annual design show and a fashion magazine.


"Being a part of Ohio State's Fashion and Retail Studies program was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The faculty and courses prepared me for nearly any job in fashion. Having personally worked in different roles of the industry, I can attest to how the curriculum readies you for what's next. No matter what part of the business you aspire to, the Fashion and Retail Studies program gives you the tools to succeed!"
Bradley Parker, BS, 2008
Pre-Production Coordinator, L Brands


Pursuing a bachelor's degree in Fashion and Retail Studies provides a well-rounded education that allows you to take on the demands required for a career in the fashion and retail industries.

You will specialize in fashion merchandising or product development while you immerse yourself in all the program has to offer. As you get to know all aspects of the fashion and retail industry you will solidify your knowledge through course projects involving market research, branding, product sourcing, merchandise planning or other topics.

Specifically, your studies will include the full textiles and apparel product pipeline, as well as coursework on consumer market research, product development, 21st century fashion, retail environments, textile science, global sourcing, merchandise management and the social psychology of appearance.

Student Opportunities

Fashion Production Association
This unique student organization is dedicated to creating an annual fashion design show. Students participate in the various aspects of producing a fashion show from marketing and logistics to publicly displaying original garment designs.

National Retail Federation Big Show
Travel to New York City in January to attend the National Retail Federation's annual student event to network with retail professionals and retail students from around the country and meet recruiters from companies that do not recruit at Ohio State.

Historic Costume and Textiles Collection
Students can volunteer at the Historic Costume and Textiles Collection to get valuable hands-on experience with fashion apparel from the past.

Body Image Health Task Force
Students promote a climate of caring and mutual respect by encouraging healthy body image and challenging body image disturbance and eating disorders.

Internships are a requirement of the Fashion and Retail Studies program. You'll be exposed to many areas of fashion and retail and discover where your passions for the industry lie.

Global Gallery
Internships, including store management, are available for students interested in the sale of fair trade products that help pay fair wages and empower women in countries throughout the world.

Scarlette Magazine
Ohio State's fashion magazine is a student-produced publication aiming to highlight originality and style in the world of fashion. Students learn how publications are run and content generated for this biannual magazine.

Fashion and Retail Studies Speaker Series
Current fashion and retail professionals from national and international brands visit Ohio State to speak with students about their experiences and the industry firsthand.

Education abroad
From China to Thailand, study abroad trips take Fashion and Retail Studies students out of the classroom and into the real world. Explore global consumerism and retail sourcing in the international market.

In addition to your classroom learning, you will have ample opportunities to make more of your education at Ohio State. You can join student organizations, obtain internships, attend a speaker series featuring today's fashion leaders or work on the student-produced fashion magazine or design show.

With all the choices you have to make the most of a Fashion and Retail Studies degree, you'll also learn from faculty members who are hands-on and ready to help you excel in fashion and retail.

Career Paths

Our graduates enter careers in buying, design, merchandise planning, product development, styling, marketing, trend forecasting and global sourcing. They are hired by companies such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, L Brands, Macy's, Anthropologie, Chico's and Abercrombie & Fitch.

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Prerequisites/Pre-major Requirements: 
This program is direct admit.
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
Academic opportunities: Fashion Production Association, Historic Costume & Textile Collection volunteer, Scarlette Magazine, study abroad

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