Home Furnishings Merchandising

Your Future In Home Furnishings Merchandising

Want a major and career where you can show your creativity and apply your business skills? The home furnishings and decorative accessories field is a multi-billion dollar industry devoted to the creation, production and distribution of home fashion products.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Home Furnishings Merchandising from the University of North Texas can help you enter this career field.

Home environments express an individual's lifestyle and represent their concept of home. Our program is one of the few nationwide focusing specifically on the many home furnishings products continually arriving on the market. These products are the creative, aesthetic and functional results of home furnishings merchandisers.

Our graduates have interned or started careers at many home furnishings and decorative accessory companies in the region and at major national retailers and specialty companies. They've also opened their own businesses. Potential employers include furniture and home furnishings companies, home accent and decorative accessory companies, homebuilders, home centers, manufacturers, sales representatives and showroom managers.

What we offer

Your knowledge about the growing industry phenomenon of brand extension across apparel and home furnishings products will be enhanced by completing courses with other Merchandising majors.

We also provide you many professional development opportunities through the Speaker Series, the annual Merchandising Career Expo, the Consumer Experience Symposium, the Market Menternship Program, global and regional study tours, professional internships and the Merchant Development Program.

The Executive-in-Residence program hosts executives to discuss their perspectives and experiences. You can meet others who share your interest through several student organizations, including Merchandising Inc. and the National Retail Federation Student Association.

Merchandising study tours to New York, Hong Kong/China, Europe or Dallas allow you to earn 3 credit hours and provide international exposure to the industry. Students tour showrooms, manufacturing facilities, retail establishments, museums and significant historical structures.

Scholarships are available based on academic excellence, articulation of professional goals and financial need.

The Merchandising program is recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the nation. It's a recipient of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute Award for Excellence for innovative and exemplary programs and research.

What to expect

The Home Furnishings Merchandising program will prepare you to apply merchandising skills and strategies in this consumer-driven global market. Faculty members work closely with professionals in the industry to tailor the program to meet the profession's needs.

Our courses include, but are not limited to, topics in:

  • Aesthetics and environment
  • Buying, planning and allocation
  • Consumer studies
  • Decorative accessories
  • Drafting and computer aided design in kitchen and bath planning
  • Global home furnishings
  • Historic and contemporary styles in today's marketplace
  • The home furnishings marketplace
  • Promotion
  • Textiles for home furnishings

You'll develop drawing skills using hand and computer methods, create and interpret floor plans, learn to estimate for materials and finishes, and apply basic business and merchandising principles. The college also requires an internship to be completed before graduation.

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 hands-on 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 distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

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

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org 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 you're 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. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.