Retail Merchandising

Bradley's Department of Family and Consumer Science offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Retail Merchandising. Students are required to complete a minor in either marketing or management.

The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for careers in buying and sales and related areas in the fashion industry. In addition to their major coursework students will also pursue a minor in business management or marketing. The Retail Merchandising curriculum includes core courses in the history and philosophy of family and consumer sciences along with specialized courses in retail merchandising. These areas include apparel analysis, consumer behavior, fashion merchandising, and textiles. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers both a local and global focus, empowering graduates to respond to diverse and complex family and consumer issues.

Students in Bradley's Retail Merchandising program work directly with dedicated faculty who create a close-knit community through teaching, advising, and mentorship.

Outside the classroom, Bradley Retail Merchandising majors have a wealth of co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences to choose from, including the BU Fashion Focus organization, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society, and off-site study in Europe, Chicago, and New York. Faculty members work together with students on relevant research projects, some of which are highlighted in an annual student research exhibition.

Bradley Retail Merchandising graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate. Bradley alumni have held or currently hold high profile positions across the nation, such as Interior Stylist in the Visual Merchandising/Display Department of Nordstrom; Merchandise Manager for a resort at Disney; Planning Manager for Crate and Barrel Corporate Headquarters; District Manager for Hertz; Business Analyst for Marshall Field and Children's Buyer for Von Maur. Graduates have continued their studies at Iowa State University, Purdue University, University of Nebraska, and George Washington University.

Curriculum & Four Year Plan

Please visit the Undergrad Catalog for Retail Merchandising requirements.

Fall Semester

First Year

  • FCS 130..........................3
  • FCS 140..........................2
  • MTH 111..........................3
  • ENG 101..........................3
  • EHS 120..........................1
  • CHM 100..........................3
  • CHM 101..........................1
  • Total Hours...................16

Second Year

  • FCS 233...........................3
  • ART 227...........................3
  • HL or HP..........................3
  • Elective............................3
  • PSY 104...........................3
  • Total hours....................15

Third Year

  • FCS 330...........................3
  • FCS 331...........................1
  • FCS 235...........................3
  • Minor...............................3
  • ENG (300 level)..................3
  • TS (for B.S.).....................3
  • Total hours....................16

Fourth Year

  • FCS 400...........................1
  • FCS 438...........................3
  • FCS 332 or 231 (electives)....3
  • MTG 381...........................3
  • FCS 357...........................3
  • Minor...............................3
  • Total Hours....................16

 

Spring Semester

First Year

  • FCS 133..........................3
  • ECO 100 or ECO 221...........3
  • COM 103..........................3
  • WC.................................3
  • FA..................................3
  • Total Hours...................15

Second Year

  • FCS 333...........................3
  • FCS 246...........................3
  • NW.................................3
  • TS (for B.S.).....................3
  • Electives...........................4
  • Total hours....................16

Third Year

  • FCS 300...........................3
  • FCS 336...........................3
  • FCS 341/342/440................3
  • TS (for B.S.).....................3
  • Minor...............................3
  • Total hours....................15

Fourth Year

  • FCS 334...........................3
  • FCS 460...........................3
  • Minor electives...................6
  • Electives...........................3
  • Total Hours....................15