College for Women | School of Business

Fashion Merchandising

Do you have a passion for fashion and an eye for details? When pursuing the fashion merchandising major on our St. Paul campus, you will utilize your creativity to design and develop products, and refine your analytical skills to define markets and forecast trends.

what can I do with a degree in Fashion Merchandising?

After completing your fashion merchandising degree, you'll be primed for successful careers in:

  • Retail buying
  • Fashion business analysis
  • Retail management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Product sourcing
  • Visual display

what will I study?

When you major in fashion merchandising, your core topics include:

  • Aesthetics
  • Art and Technology
  • Fashion History
  • Sewing
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Trends
  • Buying and Sourcing

You will learn how use Photoshop, Illustrator and WindowsWear, the largest visual merchandising and fashion window display database used by top retailers and vendors around the world.

A communications course and a minor in business administration are required. You may also participate in 10- to 21-day study abroad programs in London, Paris, Florence, India or other locations.

Did you know?

  • Fashion Merchandising is offered as a major and second degree.

why St. Kate’s?

Sustainable practice and business ethics is incorporated at every level of St. Catherine University’s fashion merchandising curriculum. You’ll learn how to manage the triple bottom line—financial, social and environmental performance—of your future business. You’ll also hear from international industry leaders and our local retail partners who are regular speakers in classes. The St. Kate’s Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising Advisory Committee is another unique aspect of our program. This group—made up of fashion and design experts—ensures that St. Kate’s highly ranked fashion programs are relevant and aligns with marketplace trends.

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a bachelor's degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty are active researchers, industry and academic award winners and influential members of professional organizations. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate’s Experience

The St. Kate’s Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.

Bachelor's Level