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College of Human Ecology


Department of Interior Design and Merchandising


Katherine L. Swank, Chair, 249A Rivers Building

BS in Interior Design

The interior design major is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

To declare the interior design major, students must have a C (2.0) or higher in IDSN 1180, 1181, 1281, 1500, 2800; ART 1905; and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. Admission into professional-level courses requires being declared into the major and an acceptable level of proficiency in studio work as shown in the sophomore portfolio review.

Sophomore Portfolio Review: During the sophomore year, students submit portfolios which contain representative work from: IDSN 1181, 1281, 1500, and 2800. This work is evaluated by the interior design faculty, who recommend whether students are prepared to enter the professional-level interior design courses. Students who do not meet the level of proficiency needed for the professional-level courses have the opportunity to resubmit a portfolio a maximum of two additional times. Meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee entry into the professional level. Admission to professional-level courses is competitive and limited.

Policy on Student Projects: The IDMR department reserves the right to retain, exhibit, and reproduce design projects submitted by students for class assignments for the purpose of complying with accreditation and program requirements. Work submitted for grades is the property of the department until it is returned to the students. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    ART 1905. The Dimensions of Art (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: Art major)
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section or the SAT/ACT)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3221. Social Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 53 s.h.
    IDSN 1180. Interior Design Fundamentals (3)
    IDSN 1181. Interior Design Fundamentals Laboratory (3) (C: IDSN 1180)
    IDSN 1281. Interior Design Graphics (3) (P: IDSN 1180, 1181)
    IDSN 1500. Color and Light in Interior Design (3) (P: IDSN 1180, 1181)
    IDSN 2040. Textiles for Interiors (3)
    IDSN 2281. Computer-Aided Design in Interior Design (3) (P: IDSN 2800; interior design major)
    IDSN 2700. Historic Interiors I: 3000 BC Through Mid-Nineteenth Century (3) (WI)
    IDSN 2750. Historic Interiors II: Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (3) (WI)
    IDSN 2800. Interior Design I: Residential Design (3) (P: IDSN 1281, 1500)
    IDSN 2850. Interior Design II: Commercial Design (3) (P: IDSN 2800; interior design major)
    IDSN 3550. Materials and Specifications for Interior Design (3) (P: IDSN 2040; junior standing; IDMR major)
    IDSN 3600. Interior Design III: Systems (3) (P: Junior standing; interior design major)
    IDSN 3999. Professional Procedures in Interior Design (2) (P/C: IDSN 3550, 3600)
    IDSN 4500. Interior Design IV: Universal Design (3) (P: IDSN 3600)
    IDSN 4600. Interior Design V: Commercial Design (3) (P: IDSN 3600)
    IDSN 4700. Problems in Interiors (3) (P: IDSN 3600)
    IDSN 4880. Interior Design Internship (3) (P: IDSN 3999; senior interior design major; consent of instructor)
    Choose an additional 3 s.h. elective from:
    IDSN 3650. Kitchen and Bath Design (3) (P: IDSN 3550, 3600)
    IDSN 4750. Interior Design for Adaptive Reuse (3) (WI) (P: IDSN 3600)
  3. Cognates - 12 s.h.
    ACCT 2101. Survey of Financial Management Accounting or ACCT 2401. Financial Accounting (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065 or 1066)
    MKTG 3832. Marketing Management (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ECON 2113)
    Choose 6 s.h. from:
    MKTG 4362. Marketing Strategy (3) (F,S) (P: MKTG 3832)
    MKTG 4752. Advertising and Promotion Management (3) (F,S) (P: MKTG 3832)
    MKTG 4790. Distribution Management (3) (F,S) (P:MKTG 3832)
    MKTG 4975. Electronic Commerce (3) (SS) (P: MKTG 3832)
    MKTG 4992. International Marketing (3) (WI) (F) (P: MKTG 3832)
  4. Restricted electives - 12 s.h.
    Choose 6 s.h. (See Certificate in Urban Design):
    PLAN 4003. Urban Form and Design (3) (S)
    PLAN 4046. Planning and Design Studio (3) (F,S)
    PLAN 4050. World Architecture and Urbanism (3) (S)
    PLAN 5985. Historic Preservation Planning (3) (Same as HIST 5985)
    Choose 3 s.h. elective from:
    ART 1005. Design I (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) (P: ART major or administrative approval)
    ART 1015. Design II (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ART 1005, 1020 with a minimum grade of C (2.0); ART 1905; or administrative approval)
    ART 1020. Drawing (3) (WI*) (F,S,SS) (FC:FA) (P: ART major or administrative approval)
    ART 1030. Figure Drawing (3) (F,S,SS) (P: ART 1005, 1020 with a minimum grade of C (2.0); ART 1905; or administrative approval)
    Choose 3 s.h. elective from:
    ART 1906. Art History Survey (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: ART 1905 or 1910)
    ART 1907. Art History Survey (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: ART 1905 or 1910)
    ART 3950. Architectural History of the Middle East Before 1600 (3) (FC:FA) (P: Junior standing; ART 1905 or 1910; 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ART 4950. Twentieth Century Architecture (3) (F) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ART 4970. History of Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Design (3) (S) Same as ART 4970. (P: ART1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation.

BS in Merchandising

Students majoring in merchandising have two concentration options: fashion merchandising or interiors merchandising. Students can declare the merchandising 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/IDSN major courses. In order to register for all 4000-level courses, students must have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA. Minimum degree requirement is 126 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Foundations curriculum requirements (For information about courses that carry foundations curriculum credit see Liberal Arts Foundations Curriculum) including those listed below - 42 s.h.
    ECON 2113. Principles of Microeconomics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    MATH 1065. College Algebra (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA) (P: Appropriate score on math placement test or math section or the SAT/ACT)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Core - 40 s.h.
    MRCH 1135. Principles of Merchandising (3)
    MRCH 2350. Merchandising Strategies (3) (P: MRCH 1135)
    MRCH 2883. Pre-Professional Seminar (1) (P: Merchandising major; sophomore standing; P/C: MRCH 2350)
    MRCH 3200. Consumer Studies in Merchandising (3) (P: Merchandising major or minor; MRCH 2350)
    MRCH 3300. Technology in Merchandising (3) (P: Merchandising major; MRCH 2350)
    MRCH 3350. Merchandising Analysis (3) (P: Merchandising major or minor; MRCH 2350)
    MRCH 3400. Visual Merchandising, Planning, and Operations (3) (P: Merchandising major or minor; MRCH 1135)
    MRCH 3401. Visual Merchandising/CAD Lab (1) (P: Merchandising major; MRCH 3400)
    MRCH 3883. Merchandising Internship I (2) (P: Merchandising major; MRCH 2883)
    MRCH 4300. Global Economics: Textiles, Apparel, and Interior Furnishings Industries (3) (WI) (P: Merchandising major; minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA; MRCH 2034 or IDSN 2040; ECON 2113; or consent of instructor)
    MRCH 4350. Merchandise Buying and Sourcing (3) (P: Merchandising major or minor; minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA; MRCH 3350; or consent of instructor)
    MRCH 4400. International Merchandising (3) (P: Merchandising major; minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA; MRCH 3200; or consent of instructor)
    MRCH 4883. Merchandising Internship II (3) (WI) (P: Senior merchandising major; minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA; consent of instructor)
    MRCH 4999. Merchandising Capstone: Executing the Concept (3) (P: Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA; MRCH 3050 or IDSN 3550; MRCH 3200; MRCH 3400; MRCH 4350; senior merchandising major; or consent of instructor)
    Select 1 of the following:
    MRCH 3003. Special Topics (3) (P: MRCH 1135) (May be repeated for credit with change of topic)
    MRCH 4209. Directed Study: Research in Merchandising (3) (WI) (P: Merchandising major; minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA; MRCH 3200; or consent of instructor)
  3. Concentration area: (Choose one area.) - 13 s.h.
    Fashion:
    MRCH 2034. Textiles (3) (C: MRCH 2035)
    MRCH 2035. Textiles Laboratory (1) (C: MRCH 2034)
    MRCH 2239. Apparel and Human Behavior (3)
    MRCH 2500. Fashion History (3)
    MRCH 3050. Quality Analysis: Apparel (3) (P: MRCH 2034 or IDSN 2040; MRCH 2035)
    Interiors:
    IDSN 1180. Interior Design Fundamentals (3)
    IDSN 2040. Textiles for Interiors (3)
    IDSN 2750. Historic Interiors II: Late Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (3) (WI)
    IDSN 3550. Materials and Specifications (3) (P: IDSN 2040; junior standing; IDMR major)
    MRCH 2035. Textiles Laboratory (1) (C or P: IDSN 2040)
  4. Minor area (Select One)
    Business - 24 s.h.
    Communication - 24 s.h.
    Hospitality Management - 30 s.h.
    Art - 30 s.h.
  5. Electives to complete requirements for graduation

Merchandising Minor

The minor in merchandising requires 24 s.h. of credit as follows:

  1. Core - 18 s.h.
    MRCH 1135. Principles of Merchandising (3)
    MRCH 2350. Merchandising Strategies (3) (P: MRCH 1135)
    MRCH 3200. Consumer Studies in Merchandising (3) (P: MRCH 2350; Merchandising major or minor)
    MRCH 3350. Merchandising Analysis (3) (P: Merchandising majors or minors; MRCH 2350)
    MRCH 3400. Visual Merchandising, Planning, and Operations (3) (P: Merchandising major or minor; MRCH 1135)
    MRCH 4350. Merchandise Buying and Sourcing (3) (P: Merchandising major or minor; minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA; MRCH 3350; or consent of instructor)
  2. MRCH or IDSN electives - 6 s.h.
    To be eligible to declare the merchandising minor, a student must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. In addition, to complete the minor, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the merchandising minor.