College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2019-2020

Strategic Communication

Merchandising, Minor

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2021

This minor provides a structured approach to the fundamentals of merchandising, including such facets of the ready-to-wear industry as textiles, manufacturing, and evaluating the quality of garment construction. Approved electives allow students to explore communication, promotion, budgeting, international purchasing, etc.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Merchandising?

What motivates consumers to spend on particular products? If you follow trends in fashion, decorating, architecture, or design, or want to work in retail, textiles, or a related field, adding a Merchandising minor will give you the skills to understand the vital links between buyers and sellers. You’ll graduate with a broad understanding of customer satisfaction in a rapidly changing retail world, as well as knowledge of products, consumer demand, market trends, and promotion.

A Merchandising minor gives you preparation for a career by developing competence in product analysis, buying, planning, controlling inventory, and targeting markets. Simply put, you’ll understand how to produce the right merchandise at the right time, in the right quantities, and at the right price.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 21
Major GPA 2.5


Minor Requirements
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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