The Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree in Merchandising and Design is a balanced dual-major program. In addition to the minimum 60 semester credit hours required for associate degree completion and acceptance into the Post-AA Wade College Bachelor of Arts degree program, 60 semester credits hours will be required for this baccalaureate degree completion, thus totaling 120 semester credit hours. At the baccalaureate degree level, each student will take an additional core curriculum consisting of 14 courses totaling 42 semester credit hours. Instructional areas of emphasis in the core curriculum include merchandising, design, and general studies. A minimum of an additional six elective courses totaling 18 semester credit hours are also required, giving students the opportunity to acquire specialized skills in either fashion design, interior design, merchandise marketing and management, or visual communication.
As the Associate of Arts degree is a four consecutive trimester program, the Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree is also a four consecutive trimester program. Each trimester is 15 weeks of instruction in length and is equivalent to a traditional semester. Full-time students usually graduate 16 months after completing the Associate of Arts degree program and entering the Post-AA Bachelor of Arts degree program.