Fashion Merchandising (B.S.)

Why Study Fashion Merchandising at NIU?

Our Fashion Merchandising program provides diverse industry knowledge– from textile science to consumer behavior to fashion e-commerce.

You’ll gain essential knowledge in the apparel and textile industry. Plus, you’ll achieve an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors driving the fashion industry, and business skills necessary for success in the field.

Already have an associate degree? You can complete your bachelor's degree with our B.S. in fashion merchandising degree completion program. You'll apply as a transfer student.

Careers with an Fashion Merchandising Degree

With this major, you’ll have a variety of career opportunities related to marketing and retailing apparel and related products. Careers include various aspects of:

  • Buying
  • Visual merchandising
  • Trend forecasting
  • Fashion styling
  • Retail store management
  • Showroom management/sales
  • Merchandise planning
  • Product development

Your Fashion Merchandising bachelor’s degree also provides a basis for graduate study.

Fashion Merchandising Faculty

Our Fashion Merchandising faculty includes professors and instructors passionate not only about teaching, but about research as well.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

Many students in our program join the Fashion Industries Organization. The purpose of the organization is to:

  • Give students with an interest in fashion the opportunity to interact with each other in a fun environment and to promote leadership.
  • Facilitate networking between the organization’s members and professionals including alumni, advisory board and industry members.
  • Educate student members to job opportunities in the fashion industry by inviting guest speakers, taking trips to local corporate headquarters, attending workshops and hosting a yearly fashion show.
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