Minor in Merchandising

About the Minor

The Merchandising Minor, administered by the Design & Merchandising program, provides core foundations for the fashion lifestyle industries including retail, ecommerce and wholesale operations, buying and merchandise planning. Students develop key competencies in brand strategy from concept to consumer including, marketplace research, competitive analysis, retail math, assortment planning, product sourcing, inventory allocation and analytics. The curriculum allows the opportunity for individualized tailoring with course options in DSMR Special Topics including Sustainability & the Circular Economy, Beauty Merchandising, Retail Globalization, Immersive Media & Merchandising and Design and Merchandising Leadership. The minor is open to all Drexel University students and requires the completion of eight or nine courses for a minimum of 25.0 credits.

Program Requirements

Required Courses:
DSMR 231Retail Operations *3.0
DSMR 232Merchandise Planning and Buying *4.0
Select 6 courses:18.0-19.0
Introduction to the Fashion Industry
Analysis of Product
Digital Commerce & Promotion
Branding and Retail Strategies
Merchandising Operations & Management
Visual Merchandising
Retail Intersections: Social & Cultural Issues
Fashion Product Development
Merchandising Analytics
Design and Merchandising Seminar
Total Credits25.0-26.0

All courses are currently open to all DSMR students. DSMR 231 and DSMR 232 are required for all students enrolled in DSMR and the Merchandising minor. Elective courses are offered only in certain quarters. Students are required to review an approved plan of study with the minor advisor. All courses will be restricted to appropriately include the students enrolled in the retail minor. As the industry and curriculum change, courses will be added and adapted accordingly.


The minor was built to accommodate students from outside the major. DSMR students cannot do a major and a minor in the same field of study.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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