Bachelor of Science in Home Furnishings Merchandising

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The Home Furnishings Merchandising Degree at UNT is only one of a very few programs nation-wide that focuses specifically on the myriad of home furnishings products that continually arrive on the market. This multi-billion dollar industry is responsible for the creative, aesthetic and functional outcome of an entire innovative industry that is constantly analyzing information and transforming ideas into products to shape the home environment.

Graduates of the program pursue careers such as:

  • Furniture and decorative accessories companies
  • Home accent and decorative accessory companies
  • Home builders
  • Home centers
  • Manufacturers
  • Sales representatives
  • Showroom management

A degree in home furnishings merchandising differs from a degree in interior design*. In home furnishings merchandising, the curriculum emphasis is on product development, merchandising, and residential aesthetics. As a home furnishing merchandiser, graduates may be involved in creating, developing, sourcing, manufacturing and merchandising products within the broad categories of home furnishings and decorative accessories.

Home furnishings majors take courses in decorative accessories, estimating, drawing and planning, consumer behavior, buying, sourcing, aesthetics, furniture industry, textiles for home furnishings, and historic furniture. In addition, students complete a minor in general business or marketing and logistics.

Click here for Home Furnishings Merchandising degree requirements sheet

Marketable Skills for BS in Home Furnishing Merchandising​

  1. Creative problem-solving
  2. Identify furnishing/home accent product trends
  3. Oral and written communication
  4. Adjust work outcomes based on feedback
  5. Apply global influences on home furnishings consumer