Oklahoma State University
College of Human Environmental Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising

The Department of Design, Housing and Merchandising integrates math, science, design and technology to enable our graduates to be successful in interior design, apparel design and production, retail merchandising, facility management and related fields. In addition to innovative and creative problem solving in the classroom, our students participate in experiential learning opportunities such as internships with industry, national and international study, student expositions, and cutting-edge research. 

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Solving human problems…enhancing human lives


Dr. Jane Swinney to lead Design, Housing and Merchandising
Jane Swinney, PH.D., has been named department head of Design, Housing and Merchandising in the College of Human Sciences. Swinney joined the department in 2000 and was promoted to associate professor in 2006. She has provided leadership for DHM as program coordinator for the merchandising degree option, graduate program coordinator, associate department head, internship coordinator for apparel design and production and merchandising, and interim department head. 
Alliance on Aging teaches L.I.F.E. lessons
First, the bad news. There is no fountain of youth and you’re probably going to have to do more than eat an apple a day to keep the good old doctor away.

But, it turns out we’re not left completely defenseless against the march of time as there’s growing evidence that one of the keys to aging gracefully lies in starting that journey when we’re young.
Human Sciences faculty and students honored for volunteer efforts
When Oklahoma State University’s Service Learning Volunteer Center recognized faculty and students for their volunteer efforts recently, the College of Human Sciences was well represented. Dr. Mary Ruppert-Stroescu received the Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty award and the Human Development and Family Science Club received the Outstanding New Program by Students Award.