Do you want to expand your knowledge of product development and production? Are you interested in a variety of professional career options?

Fashion merchandising covers most aspects of the fashion industry, from the fashion designer to, manufacturers, distributors, marketers, and end the retailers. Students in our program have a vast range of experiences including study abroad, trips to companies and apparel markets, creating visual displays for local retailers, and interacting with industry professionals.

Merchandising with an interiors focus covers most aspects of the home interiors and furnishing industry from home furnishing designers, to manufacturers, distributors, marketers, and retailers. Students have a vast range of experiences that may include study abroad, trips to companies and interior markets (for example: the High Point Market), creating visual displays for local retailers, and interacting with industry professionals.

ECU Advantage

Fashion merchandising jobs ranging from producing, product development, promoting, and buying and selling fashion items and interior goods. Our graduates, for example, are employed in furniture design firms, architectural firms, small merchants, and large retailers such as Crate and Barrel, J Crew, and Nordstrom.

What You Will Study

Program Coordinator: Katherine Swank (331-RW Rivers Building; 252-328-1362; swankk@ecu.edu)

Students can declare the fashion merchandising and consumer studies major upon entry to the university or at any time if they are in good academic standing. Throughout the program students must make a C (2.0) or better in all MRCH major courses. In order to register for all 4000-level courses, students must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA.

Minimum degree requirement is 120 s.h. of credit as follows:

1. General education requirements including those listed below - 40 s.h.

(For information about courses that carry general education credit see General Education Program.)

  • ECON 2113 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • space
  • MATH 1065 - College Algebra or
  • MATH 1066 - Applied Mathematics for Decision Making
  • space
  • PSYC 1000 - Introductory Psychology
2. Core - 49 s.h.
  • MRCH 1135 - Introduction to Fashion
  • MRCH 2034 - Textiles
  • MRCH 2035 - Textiles Laboratory
  • MRCH 2239 - Fashion and Culture
  • MRCH 2350 - Merchandising Strategies
  • MRCH 2500 - Fashion History
  • MRCH 2883 - Pre-Professional Seminar
  • MRCH 3050 - Quality Analysis: Apparel
  • MRCH 3200 - Consumer Studies in Merchandising
  • MRCH 3300 - E-Fashion
  • MRCH 3350 - Merchandising Analysis
  • MRCH 3400 - Visual Merchandising, Planning, and Operations
  • MRCH 3883 - Merchandising Internship I
  • MRCH 4300 - Global Economics: Textiles, Apparel, and Interior Furnishing Industries
  • MRCH 4350 - Merchandise, Planning, Buying and Sourcing
  • MRCH 4883 - Merchandising Internship II
  • MRCH 4999 - Merchandising Capstone: Executing the Concept
  • Select one of the following:
    • MRCH 3003 - Special Topics
    • MRCH 4209 - Directed Study: Research in Merchandising
3. Minor or Certificate - 24-30 s.h.

Choose one of the following minors

or choose the Entrepreneurship Certificate and 12 s.h. of advisor approved electives.

    4. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.
      For more information about this degree visit the university's academic catalogs.

      Careers With This Degree

      Graduates with this degree are successful in many fields and careers, including the following:

      • Apparel and Textiles
      • Education and Training
      • Apparel and Textiles

      Career Opportunities

      ECU has developed resources to help you learn more about career opportunities and job market outlook. In addition, the websites below provide specific information on careers in the various majors from which students may choose:

      NC Tower

      This website provides graphs and tables of in-depth information on employment rates, wages and ongoing higher education enrollment of graduates from the North Carolina Community College System and from the University of North Carolina system schools. NC Tower includes data on former UNC students who are working in roughly 90% of all jobs in North Carolina. This database excludes information for graduates who are:

      • Self-employed;
      • Work for the federal government, including the military: or
      • Work outside of North Carolina.

      US Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

      This website also provides in-depth information regarding pay, projected new jobs, required education, growth rate and on-the-job training information on various occupations.

      Degree-specific internships

      For information on internship information for specific majors, go to the home page of the department in which the major is located and, as available, find the link to the information on internships in that major.