A Merchandising professor speaks with students at an exhibit.

The Merchandising concentration focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the marketing and retailing of consumer goods for an identified target market. This includes coursework in consumer behavior, entrepreneurship, merchandising processes/management, merchandise buying/procurement, promotion, retailing, retail store design, and the global industry (economics, politics, and trade).

Learn more about the Merchandising concentration on the Department of Design and Merchandising website.

Effective Fall 2023

AM 101Fashion Industries 3
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital Technology 3
AM 130Awareness and Appreciation of Design3B3
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
DM 192AFirst Year Seminar: Apparel and Merchandising 1
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)1B1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)1B1
Select one course from the following: 3
General Psychology (GT-SS3)3C 
Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)3C 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences3A3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion1C3
 Total Credits 32
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting 3
AM 220Textiles 3
AM 250Dress and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)3C3
AM 270Merchandising Processes 3
AM 275Product Development I 3
DM 272Consumers in the Marketplace 3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1)3C3
SPCM 200Public Speaking 3
Select one course from the following: 3
General Statistics (GT-MA1)1B 
Statistics With Business Applications (GT-MA1)1B 
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 30
AM 321Advanced Textiles 3
AM 330Global Sourcing of Textiles and Apparel4B3
AM 366Merchandising Promotion 3
AM 371Merchandise Planning and Control 4
DM 360/MKT 360Retailing 3
DM 492Professional Practice 2
MGT 305Fundamentals of Management 3
MKT 305Fundamentals of Marketing 3
Select one course from the following: 3
Fundamentals of Finance  
Upper-Division AM or DM Elective1
Upper-Division AM or DM Elective1 3
Advanced Writing23
 Total Credits 33
AM 479Merchandising Policies and Strategies4A,4C3
DM 487A2Internship: Merchandising 12
Upper-Division AM or DM Elective1 6
Electives 4
 Total Credits 25
 Program Total Credits: 120

Internship Alternative Courses2,3

AM 335Textiles and Apparel Supply Chains3
AM 342Computer-Aided Textile Design3
AM 344Adobe Illustrator for Apparel Design3
AM 363Historic Costume3
AM 364History of Fashion Designers/Manufacturers3
AM 373Apparel Design and Retail Entrepreneurship3
AM 421Textiles Product Quality Assessment3
AM 430International Retailing3
AM 450Social-Psychological Aspects of Clothing3
AM 460Historic Textiles3
AM 466Retail Environment Design and Planning3
ART 350Fibers II4
ART 351Fibers III4
ART 450Fibers IV4
ART 451Fibers V4
DM 400U.S. Travel-New York City3
DM 470AInternational Design and Merchandising: Apparel2
DM 470BInternational Design and Merchandising: Interior Design2
DM 474Fashion Show Production and Event Planning3
DM 482Travel Abroad1
JTC 301Corporate and Professional Communication (GT-CO3)3
JTC 310Copy Editing3
JTC 311History of Media3
JTC 316Multiculturalism and the Media3
JTC 320AReporting: General News3
JTC 320BReporting: Sports3
JTC 320CReporting: Business3
JTC 320DReporting: Government and Political3
JTC 320HReporting: Special Topics3
JTC 326Online Storytelling and Audience Engagement3
JTC 340Video Editing3
JTC 342Writing for Visual Media3
JTC 350Public Relations3
JTC 361Writing for Specialized Magazines3
JTC 372Web Design and Development3
JTC 411Media Ethics and Issues3
JTC 412International Mass Communication3
JTC 413New Media Trends and Society3
JTC 414Media Effects3
JTC 415Communications Law3
JTC 471Research for Public Communicators3
MGT 320Contemporary Management Principles/Practices3
MGT 330Creativity, Innovation, and Value Creation3
MGT 340Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
MGT 410Leadership and Organizational Behavior3
MGT 420New Venture Creation3
MGT 440New Venture Management3
MGT 470Managerial Decisions-Issues and Analysis3
MGT 475International Business Management3
MKT 366Services Marketing3
SOC 301Development of Sociological Thought3
SOC 302Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 330Social Inequality3
SOC 342Work and Leisure in Society3
SOC 362Social Change3
SOC 460Environmental and Natural Resource Sociology3
TH 363Costume Design II3

Select upper-division (300- to 400-level) AM or DM courses ending in -00 to -79.


Registration for DM 487A depends on acceptance by a cooperating company. Students not enrolled in an internship will select 12 credits from the department list of Internship Alternative Courses.


Courses used to fulfill upper-division AM or DM electives in the program cannot be used to fulfill course requirements for internship alternatives.

Distinctive Requirements for Degree Program:
Minimum grade requirements for Apparel and Merchandising - Merchandising concentration are as follows: AM 101AM 130AM 270DM 272MATH 117MATH 118MATH 124 with grades of C (2.000) or better. 

Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 101Fashion IndustriesX  3
AM 130Awareness and Appreciation of Design X3B3
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)  1A3
DM 192AFirst Year Seminar: Apparel and Merchandising   1
MATH 117College Algebra in Context I (GT-MA1)  1B1
MATH 118College Algebra in Context II (GT-MA1)X 1B1
Select one course from the following:   3
General Psychology (GT-SS3)  3C 
Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)  3C 
 Total Credits   15
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 110Apparel and Merchandising Digital TechnologyX  3
CHEM 103Chemistry in Context (GT-SC2)  3A3
CHEM 104Chemistry in Context Laboratory (GT-SC1)  3A1
MATH 124Logarithmic and Exponential Functions (GT-MA1)  1B1
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Biological and Physical Sciences  3A3
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  1C3
 Total Credits   17
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
ACT 205Fundamentals of Accounting X 3
AM 220Textiles   3
AM 275Product Development I   3
DM 272Consumers in the MarketplaceX  3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics (GT-SS1) X3C3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 250Dress and Human Behavior (GT-SS3)  3C3
AM 270Merchandising ProcessesX  3
SPCM 200Public Speaking   3
Select one course from the following:   3
General Statistics (GT-MA1)  1B 
Statistics With Business Applications (GT-MA1)  1B 
Historical Perspectives  3D3
 Total Credits   15
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 330Global Sourcing of Textiles and ApparelX 4B3
AM 366Merchandising Promotion X 3
AM 371Merchandise Planning and Control X 4
MKT 305Fundamentals of MarketingX  3
Upper-Division AM/DM Elective   3
 Total Credits   16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 321Advanced TextilesX  3
DM 360/MKT 360RetailingX  3
DM 492Professional PracticeX  2
MGT 305Fundamentals of Management   3
Select one course from the following:   3
Fundamentals of Finance    
Upper-Division AM/DM Elective
Advanced Writing  23
 Total Credits   17
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
AM 479Merchandising Policies and Strategies X4A,4C3
Upper-Division AM/DM Electives   6
Electives   4
 Total Credits   13
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
DM 487AInternship: MerchandisingX  12
The benchmark courses for the 8th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12
 Program Total Credits:   120