Academic Program Mission Statement:
Fashion merchandising encompasses both creative and business viewpoints in developing and manufacturing products, promoting, buying and selling fashion items, such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, cosmetic, and shoes that directly impact human behavior. The study of dress stretches across cultural, social, economic and geographic boundaries. The ability to make fashion related decisions, and understand which apparel products meet consumer demand in order to maximize profits is essential for buyers, analysts, costing managers, importers, producers, magazine editors, retail managers and show-room representatives. Students will learn the functions of the fashion and textile industry including, merchandising, financial, promotional, management, operations and technology, by analyzing case studies, preparing buying plans, forecasting and analyzing market and fashion trends, and developing product launches. Upon successful completion of the program, fashion students will be able to demonstrate analytical, civic and management skills needed to be successful leaders in a quickly evolving industry.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate knowledge of self, society and the global fashion merchandising environment and how they influence the consumer purchasing behavior and the life cycle of fashion products.
- Demonstrate comprehensive professional knowledge of fashion merchandising, including production, marketing, promotions, visual merchandising and international business.
- Thoughtfully access and analyze information and to make sound business decisions.
- Communicate effectively by being aware of the physical, emotional, cultural and economic factors impacting the fashion business.
- Demonstrate an understanding of appropriate socially responsible behavior that aligns with the goals and mission of fashion related companies by examining and creating solutions to current and potential social issues.
- Demonstrate an awareness of ethical business behavior in the domestic and international fashion merchandising environments.
Recommended Course Sequencing:
Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
AC101 Principles of Financial Accounting
AC102 Principles of Managerial Accounting
CS117 Applications and Presentations or CS118 Spreadsheets and Intro to Databases *
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
EN206 Introduction to Literature
FA101 Principles of Retail Merchandising
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU103 World Civilization (Modern)
MH201 College Algebra
Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
AC204 Principles of Finance
FA103 Clothing & Society
FA205 History of Costume
FA217 Textile Science
HU135 World Religions or HU152 Introduction to Philosophy
MK105 Principles of Marketing
MN200 Business Law
MN208 Business Communications
AR109 Fashion Drawing I
AR112 Color Theory (2 credits)
FA207 Visual Merchandising
FA305 Contemporary Fashion
IB301 International Business Management
SS305 Global Issues
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits)
200-level (or higher) Humanities or Psychology or Social Science Elective
200-level (or higher) Literature Elective
FA421 Fashion Show Production
FA495 Fashion Merchandising Seminar
FA499 Fashion Merchandising Internship or FA498 Bachelor Thesis or 300-level (or higher) Fashion Elective
MK313 Advertising and Promotion Management
MN405 Strategic Management
Total Credits Required For Graduation: 120
* by placement
** If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Science elective.