Required Courses for the Fashion Merchandising Major

  • FAS 105

    Dress and Culture

    3 credits

    Studies the values associated with appearance of individuals and groups within cultural, social, psychological, and economic realms; including the visual impact of the identity on the self and others.

  • FAS 106

    Essentials of Fashion

    3 credits

    Study of the elements and principles of design; application of design basics to specific home and apparel fashion; introduction to fashion design and designers, apparel components, and vocabulary used in the design process. Practical applications through laboratory experiences are integral to the course.

  • FAS 107

    The Fashion Industry

    3 credits

    Surveys fashion development through the fashion industry. Investigates the principles involved in the design, production, and marketing of fashion products from concept to consumer. Domestic and foreign fashion markets are studied.

  • FAS 108

    Fundamentals of Sewing Technologies

    1 credit

    Introduction to basic sewing equipment, instructions, and procedures; familiarity with supply acquisition and use; resources and uses for sewing applications; and selection of sewing projects appropriate for various skill levels.

  • FAS 110

    Fashion Merchandising Professional Seminar

    1 credit

    Survey of professional development practices for the fashion-merchandising field, including learning strategies for developing one’s career goals. Activities prepare students for FAS 459 Internship Preparation Seminar.

  • FAS 200

    Apparel Construction

    4 credits

    Examines the construction process and techniques for basic apparel products. Intensive laboratory experiences develop skills in apparel manufacturing, contrasting home and industry methods through mastery of set competencies. Development of an awareness of production techniques assists in the consumer evaluative processes related to human textile product consumption. Prerequisites: FAS 108 or consent of instructor.

  • FAS 202


    4 credits

    Analyzes physical and chemical properties of textile products. Includes the study of fibers, yarns, fabric structures, textile design, coloration, and finishing. Identification, use, care, performance, and storage of textile products are studied. Legislation and standards are examined. Laboratory experiences are integral to the course.

  • FAS 205

    Apparel Production and Evaluation

    4 credits

    Develops an understanding of ready-to-wear garment production and decisions involved in all phases of the production process. Analyzes techniques used by manufacturers and provides students with methods for evaluating apparel quality. Prerequisites: FAS 107; FAS 200; FAS 202.

  • FAS 206

    Fashion Brand Management

    3 credits

    Introduction to the concepts and practices of developing fashion brands. Examines the branding process including theory, analysis and application with emphasis on the interdependence of branding with merchandising and marketing activities for fashion related products. Prerequisite: FAS107.

  • FAS 305

    Advanced Product Development

    4 credits

    Identify and analyze garment specifications, construction methods, and fit alterations in a lab based setting. Integrate all aspects of the manufacturing process while creating full specification garment packages developed for a specific target market. Prerequisite: FAS 205.

  • FAS 307

    Fashion Behavior and Forecasting

    3 credits

    Social, psychological, economic, political, and communication factors influencing consumers’ fashion preferences and buying decisions are studied. Principles and methods used to forecast fashion trends are analyzed. Prerequisites: FAS 107; BUS 233; PSY100/SOC100 or consent of instructor.

  • FAS 308

    Dress History

    3 credits

    Studies the origin and development of costume from the early Mediterranean period to the present. Special focus on the change in form and function of dress in relation to the cultural and aesthetic environment in which dress was and is used, including social, religious, political, economic, and technological factors. Prerequisite: Junior status or consent of the instructor.

  • FAS 309

    Visual Merchandising

    4 credits

    Studies the concepts and techniques used in retail visual merchandising. Practical experience in creative problem solving through hands-on application and analysis both on campus and at off-campus retail locations. Prerequisites: FAS 105; FAS 106; FAS 107.

  • FAS 310

    Promotion in the Merchandising Environment

    4 credits

    Studies the principles and methods used in promoting soft goods at all fashion market levels including direct marketing, publicity/public relations, advertising, special events, sales promotion, and fashion shows. Practical experiences applying the principles are gained through the production and coordination of fashion events. Prerequisites: FAS 107; BUS 233.

  • FAS 405

    Principles of Fashion Merchandising and Management

    3 credits

    Investigates the merchandising and buying functions/responsibilities in various types of apparel organizations. Covers merchandise resources in domestic and global markets, vendor relations, and negotiations. Introduces students to merchandise math. Prerequisites: FAS 107; BUS 233; junior or senior status in FM program or consent of instructor.

  • FAS 406

    Merchandise Buying: Planning and Control

    3 credits

    Examines planning, buying, and selling of soft goods; emphasis on buying techniques, six-month and model stock plans, open-to-buy, and profit and loss statements. Problem solving and practical applications enhanced through merchandise math calculations and case studies. Prerequisites: FAS 405; junior or senior FM status or consent of instructor.

  • FCS 459

    Internship Preparation Seminar

    2 credits

    Assignments, activities, and strategies used in the course will prepare students to be internship-ready. Prerequisites: Major approval and FAS 201.

  • FAS 460

    Internship in Fashion Merchandising

    4-7 credits

    A supervised, off-campus field-based experience in a pre-approved site specifically related to the broad area of fashion merchandising and students’ career goals. Prerequisite: FAS 459; senior status or consent of the instructor.

Courses Required in Other Disciplines

You will choose either MTH 105 OR MTH115

  • ACT 210

    Financial Accounting

    3 credits

    Acquaints students with the language of communicating financial information of a business enterprise to owners and stakeholders. Material to be covered includes the components of financial statements and the development thereof, accounting principles of service and merchandising concerns, and inventory and depreciation methods. Prerequisite:  BSA 100 (may be taken concurrently).

  • CIS 110

    Microcomputer Applications: Spreadsheets

    3 credits

    Covers capabilities of Windows-based spreadsheet software. Presents spreadsheet terminology, basic commands, and features for data formatting, calculation, and creating tables and charts. Additional topics include building applications for data referencing, analysis and reports, advanced functions, and macros. Course will include development of a significant spreadsheet project by the student.

  • MKT 210

    Marketing Principles

    3 credits

    Presents principles, methods and problems within the marketing discipline focusing on product development, distribution channels, promotion techniques and pricing strategies. Topics include market segmentation, buying motivation, branding, customer service, marketing research, and international marketing considerations. Prerequisite: BSA 100 (may be taken concurrently).

  • MGT 210

    Management Principles

    3 credits

    A review of the classical management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Provides a systematic analysis of management’s responsibilities in profit and non-profit organizations. The student gains a thorough understanding of what it means to be a manager and the functions and duties of managers within the managerial hierarchy. Prerequisite: BSA 100 (may be taken concurrently).

  • MGT 330

    Management and Business Ethics

    3 credits

    A study of the process and criteria for forming and testing values and relating them to ethical obligations. Personal values are examined in relation to organizational values. Ethical systems are studied and applied to organizational and public policy issues.

  • MGT 360


    3 credits

    This course will examine the definition and characteristics of entrepreneurship and how it manifests itself in small businesses, within existing corporate structures and social movements. In addition, the course will examine the key characteristics of entrepreneurship: including, recognizing, and creating opportunities, strategies and markets.

  • MTH 105

    College Algebra

    4 credits

    Topics covered: sets, number systems, polynomials,equations and graphing, inequalities, relations and functions, systems of equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, rational zeros of polynomials,matrices and determinants, sequences and series. Students in this course who choose a major in the department must earn grades of B- or better in this course to progress to MTH 150. Prerequisites: Grade of C- or better in MTH 095, or competency in arithmetic and algebra.

  • MTH 115

    Introduction to Statistics

    3 credits

    Topics covered: descriptive statistics, probability, binomial, chi-squared and normal probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, linear correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. Prerequisites: Grades of C- or better in MTH 095 or competency in arithmetic and algebra.  FA SP SU