Merchandising


Your Future In Merchandising

Are you interested in fashion, home furnishings or retail? Are you interested in online retail? Do you want a career with international opportunities in fashion- and retail-related industries? A Bachelor of Science degree in Merchandising from the University of North Texas might be a good fit for you.

Merchandising encompasses the planning, developing, presenting and selling of clothing and home furnishings in consumer-driven markets. A bachelorís degree can help prepare you for many positions, including:

  • Buyer for retail stores
  • Store manager in retail store operations
  • Sales representative in wholesale
  • Supplier to retail stores
  • Quality control and product development manager

Graduates have worked as merchandisers for companies such as Fossil, J.C. Penney, Havertys, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Target, Tuesday Morning and Zale Corp.

What we offer

We teach you to critically analyze merchandising strategies relating to the development, distribution, evaluation and use of fashion-oriented products. The curriculum is developed in consultation with leaders of the Dallas-Fort Worth retail industry to meet the professionís needs.

Our new Merchant Development Program provides you with enriched opportunities inside and outside the classroom that are designed to:

  • Enhance your academic foundation
  • Develop a personal awareness of ethical and financial responsibilities
  • Refine demonstrated talent

One of the programís key features is the assignment of an executive-level mentor in the merchandising industry.

The Executive-in-Residence program brings merchandising executives to our college for lectures and meetings with students. Recruiters also frequently visit the campus to provide additional insights about career opportunities.

You can earn 3 credit hours through a merchandising study tour. You may go to New York or Dallas to tour showrooms, manufacturing facilities, retail establishments, museums and significant historical structures. Study abroad opportunities to Hong Kong/China, London and France can provide international exposure to the fashion industry.

We sponsor student chapters of Merchandising Inc. and the National Retail Federation that provide networking and career building opportunities. A Residents Engaged in Academic Living Community (REAL Community) brings together merchandising majors to enhance academic and social experiences.

Scholarships are available from the college and department to help you pursue your education. They are awarded based on academic excellence, articulation of professional goals and financial need. Our students have also earned scholarships from the National Retail Federation.

The Merchandising program is recognized as one of the nationís most comprehensive. The Department of Merchandising and Digital Retailing is a recipient of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute Award for Excellence for innovative and exemplary programs and research.

What to expect

As a Merchandising major, you will take courses in consumer studies, textiles, fashion theory and trend analysis, brand development, promotion, global issues, and merchandising math.

In addition, you must complete 18 credit hours of business courses, including courses in accounting, management, marketing and retailing.

You may also have an opportunity to showcase your work in the collegeís annual research competition.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or the equivalent in high school.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If youíre attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year.