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  Oct 18, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Fashion Merchandising and Design


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The Fashion Merchandising and Design major has two emphases: The Merchandising Emphasis and the Design and Development Emphasis. The merchandising emphasis is designed to prepare students for careers in retailing and related fields. The four-year program includes studies in merchandising, marketing, and management. A minor is optional, though many students select a general business, marketing or management minor. Other related fields can also be selected as minor studies, e.g., communication, journalism, or world language.

Students who graduate with a merchandising emphasis may pursue a career in retail management, buying or marketing. Career opportunities also exist in the apparel and textile wholesaling fields.

The design and development emphasis prepares students for careers in the design and manufacturing production cycle of the apparel/softlines industry, careers including design, pattern drafting, and quality control, or with textile-producing companies as technicians or fashion analysts. Individuals interested in the Design and Development option may complete up to 18 hours of design study at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Regent’s University in London, England, or Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy during their junior or senior year. A minor in business, communication, or art is recommended.

Fashion Merchandising and Design: Merchandising


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree with the Merchandising Emphasis must complete the following program of 122 hours.

1. General Education Requirements (37 hours)


2. Required Core Courses (30 hours)


Students in the merchandising emphasis will satisfy the Baccalaureate Writing requirement by successfully completing FCS 3300 Entrepreneurship in FCS.

3. Required Merchandising Courses (12 hours)


Note:


FCS 5240, 5340 and 5440 can be taken as an elective if not used as a required core course.

Off campus study option:

Up to 18 credit hours may be applied toward the Fashion Merchandising and Design: Merchandising major by successful completion of 1-6 courses at one of our approved partner institutions. Students may enroll in pre-approved courses at Regents University Fashion School (London), Florence University of the Arts (Florence) or Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City), usually in the junior or senior year. Off campus study courses must be planned and approved in advance. Tuition and room and board rates of partner institution apply for off campus options. See your academic advisor or program faculty for more information.

6. Electives - As needed for graduation total of 122 hours.


Design And Development Emphasis


Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree with the Design and Development Emphasis must complete the following program of 122 semester hours.

1. General Education Requirements (37 hours)


2. Required Core Courses (33 hours)


Students in the design and development emphasis will satisfy the Baccalaureate Writing requirement by successfully completing FCS 3300 - Entrepreneurship in FCS.

Note:


FCS 5240, 5340, and 5440 can be taken as an elective if not used as a required core course.

5. Related Experiential Electives Choose (3 hours)


Note:


Off campus study option:

Up to 18 credit hours may be applied toward the Fashion Merchandising and Design: Design & Development major by successful completion of 1-6 courses at one of our approved partner institutions. Students may enroll in pre-approved courses at Regents University Fashion School (London), Florence University of the Arts (Florence) or Fashion Institute of Technology (New York City), usually in the junior or senior year. Off campus study courses must be planned and approved in advance. Tuition and room and board rates of partner institution apply for off campus options. See your academic advisor or program faculty for more information.

6. Electives - As needed for graduation total of 122 hours.


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