Fashion Merchandising


Our bachelor of science degree in fashion merchandising prepares you for an exciting career in this vibrant business behind the clothes we wear. You’ll gain diverse industry knowledge–from textile science to merchandising promotion to fashion e-commerce.

Fashion merchandising can be fast-paced and global, and you’ll need to understand the apparel and textile industry to be ready to take on a career in this field. Our program gives you this essential knowledge. You’ll use Adobe technology, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create trend boards, merchandising promotions, personal portfolios and more. You’ll work in our Kohl’s Merchandising Laboratory, learning and using computer-based technology to develop visual merchandising, buying and sourcing skills. You’ll also achieve an understanding of the social, psychological and cultural factors driving the fashion industry, and business skills necessary for success in this field.

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Fashion Merchandising

Sarah Cosbey
Associate Professor and Area Coordinator

Family and Consumer Sciences
118 Wirtz Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115