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Fashion Merchandising (B.S.)

B.S., Fashion Merchandising

College of Health and Human Services

What You'll Do

The ever-changing and challenging world of fashion is one of the most practical and competitive fields. Successful people in fashion merchandising have a flair for both fashion and business.  The program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania acknowledges this by providing courses that emphasize apparel merchandising and promotion, apparel production and distribution, ready-to-wear analysis, quality control in production, textiles and textile testing, historic costume, aesthetics, global issues in textiles and apparel, and visual merchandising.

The Fashion Merchandising curriculum consists of university liberal studies requirements, fashion merchandising core courses and electives, and a specific business concentration. Upon completion of all academic requirements the students earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fashion Merchandising.

The Eberly College of Business complements the Fashion Merchandising major by providing the business concentrations of Business Administration, Marketing, and Small Business Management. Students can earn a minor in Business Administration.  Emphasis is also placed on knowledge of computers and mathematics.

What You'll Become

Graduates of the Fashion Merchandising program are prepared for entry-level positions as management trainees, leading to positions as store managers or executive and merchandising trainees. Those experiences lead to positions as buyers and as merchandise managers. Other positions include manufacturer’s sales representatives, production assistants, ready-to-wear quality control analysts, textile testing laboratory technicians, personal color consultants, and shopping specialists for up-scale retail firms.


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Special Features

  • Many students apply theoretical concepts through an optional internship experience. Students have completed internships throughout Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Sites for internships include retail firms, at which student work in buying offices, in management positions in stores, in personnel departments, with visual merchandisers, in store operations, or in marketing departments.
  • The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Visiting Students Program allows IUP students to study fashion, accessories, jewelry or communications design, advertising and marketing communications, textile and surface design, and textile development and marketing in New York City. If accepted into that program in their junior year, students participate in this program during their senior year and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in addition to their IUP degree.
  • The IUP Fashion Association fosters professionalism by having speakers from the field, hosting educational trips, and conducting and supervising fashion shows.  The students also participate in fundraising and public service activities.