Ohio State Fashion and Retail Studies student event

Fashion and Retail Studies, Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology

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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. 

  1. Learn key principles in merchandising, product development, manufacturing and managing retail operations 

  2. Work alongside industry professionals while completing internships across multiple facets of retail and participating in industry events 

  3. 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 

  4. Take courses that hone your creativity, commerce and analytical skills, while also learning about consumers and their behaviors 

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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, buying, 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.

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Student Opportunities

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

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Career Paths 

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

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Degree requirements

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This major is direct admit

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Deadline to Apply

November 1

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