Fashion Merchandising involves all activities related to the development, buying, and selling of merchandise. This major will develop skills associated with buying, product development, apparel production, fibers and fabrics, computer aided design, quality assessment and control.

The Real World

A 10-week supervised internship is required for all majors during the senior year which provides first-hand industry experience with top fashion organizations. A sample of companies where students have interned include: JC Penney, Zales, Neiman Marcus, Fossil, Williamson-Dickie, Nordstrom, Bergdorf Goodman, Donna Karan, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, Escada.

After Graduation

Graduates work for fashion design firms, manufacturers, and retail and wholesale organizations. Some graduates are employed by non-profit organizations in marketing positions and museums that maintain costume collections.

Graduate degrees are not required for most professional positions within the fashion industry. However, those graduates who aspire to work as Museum Costume Curators, College Professors, or in Textile Science and Quality Assurance will need graduate degrees.


The Center's purpose is to forge meaningful industry partnerships that enhance the education and development of TCU merchandising students and faculty. Center sponsored programs attract industry executives to campus to interact with students, alumni, and the community-at-large.

The TCU Distinction

The Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising offers laboratory and studio application of industry specific procedures which provide hands-on experience for the student.

Off-campus fashion study programs to manufacturing, wholesale and retail centers located in New York City, Dallas, and Paris, France are optional components of the curriculum.

The TCU Costume Collection provides a learning resource for Fashion Merchandising majors, and illustrates how costume parallels the economic, social and technological progress of this country. The collection has more than 2,500 items catalogued for teaching and display purposes.

All fashion merchandising faculty have worked in the industry. These experiences provide a dynamic classroom environment. The location of TCU in a major metropolitan market center allows faculty and students to stay abreast of industry needs and requirements. Curriculum mirrors that which is needed for success within this dynamic and global industry.

Students who demonstrate high scholarship are eligible for membership in the Beta Zeta Chapter of Phi Upsilon Omicron, a national honor society. Opportunities are available for students to affiliate with student sections of professional organizations such as the Fashion Group International.


2016-2017 Requirements for Fashion Merchandising Major (.pdf)