Fashion Merchandising and Design - Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences

The Fashion Merchandising and Design major prepares students to achieve career goals in the diverse areas of the fashion industry. Students are prepared with well-rounded coursework related to the creative, technical and business aspects of the industry. The program develops the business knowledge, design fundamentals and industry experience needed to compete in today’s fashion industry. The required coursework includes completion of a minor in Marketing as well as gaining valuable hands-on field-experience. A GPA of 2.5 or better is required to enroll in CTFM 402 Field Experience to complete the degree requirements.   

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics3
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences 2
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/ Behavioral Sciences10
Area III: Laboratory Science Course (4 credits) 1
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course (3 credits) 1
Choose one from the following (3 credits):
Introduction to Economics3
Principles of Macroeconomics3
Principles of Microeconomics3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Visual Concepts3
General Education Elective 13-4
Viewing A Wider World 3
MKTG 311VConsumer Behavior3
VWW "THTR 307V -Society in Style" may be used to fullfill this degree requirement3
Departmental Requirements
CTFM 178Fundamentals of Fashion3
CTFM 270Computer Applied Fashion Illustration3
CTFM 273Basics of Apparel Construction3
CTFM 365Apparel Analysis3
CTFM 366Historic Fashion 43
or THTR 307V Society in Style: Fashion, History and Culture
CTFM 371Textile Science3
CTFM 372Fashion Merchandising3
CTFM 373Advanced Apparel Construction II3
CTFM 375Fashion Buying3
CTFM 401Professional Development1
CTFM 402Field Experience 51-3
CTFM 403Post-Field Experience1
CTFM 460Cultural Perspectives in Dress3
CTFM 473Flat Pattern for Apparel Design3
CTFM 474Fashion Promotion3
CTFM 476Draping for Apparel Design3
CTFM 477Capstone in Fashion Mechandising 63
Departmental Electives
Choose two courses from the following:6
Fashion Study Tour1-3
Any FCS Course 7
Any FCSE Course 7
Non-Departmental Requirements
ACCT 221Principles of Accounting I (Financial)3
MGT 388VLeadership and Ethics3
MKTG 313Retail Management3
MKTG 317International Marketing3
One MKTG 300 or above3
Choose one course from the following:3
Computer Literacy3
Technology and Communication for Business Management3
Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems3
Choose one course from the following:3
Human Behavior in Organizations3
Human Resources Management3
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 8,910
Total Credits120-123

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
English Composition - Level 1 Course 1 4
ART 110G Visual Concepts 3
CTFM 178 Fundamentals of Fashion 3
CTFM 273 Basics of Apparel Construction 3
Elective Course(s) 2
Freshman Orientation (Strongly Recommended)  
Financial Fitness for College Students (Strongly Recommended) 2  
English Composition - Level 2 Course 1 3
A ST 251G
Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences 3
or Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Either an Area IV/V:Social/Behavioral Sciences Course or Humanities Course 1, 4 3
CTFM 270 Computer Applied Fashion Illustration 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Technology and Communication for Business Management  
Computer Literacy  
Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Systems  
Second Year
Oral Communication Course 1 3
ACCT 221 Principles of Accounting I (Financial) 3
General Education Elective Course 1 3-4
CTFM 365 Apparel Analysis 3
CTFM 371 Textile Science 3
Either an Area IV/V: Social/Behavioral Sciences Course or Humanities 1,4 3
Elective Course 2 3
CTFM 372 Fashion Merchandising 3
CTFM 375 Fashion Buying 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Introduction to Economics  
Principles of Macroeconomics  
Principles of Microeconomics  
Third Year
MKTG 311V Consumer Behavior 3
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course 1 4
CTFM 373 Advanced Apparel Construction II 3
CTFM 460 Cultural Perspectives in Dress 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Human Behavior in Organizations  
Human Resources Management  
MKTG 313 Retail Management 3
CTFM 366
Historic Fashion 5
or Society in Style: Fashion, History and Culture
CTFM 473 Flat Pattern for Apparel Design 3
CTFM 401 Professional Development 1
Elective Course(s) 2 5
Fourth Year
MKTG 317 International Marketing 3
MGT 388V Leadership and Ethics 3
Departmental Elective Course 6 3
CTFM 474 Fashion Promotion 3
CTFM 402 Field Experience 1-3
CTFM 403 Post-Field Experience 1
MKTG Elective Course (Upper-Division) 3
Departmental Elective Course 6 3
Elective Course 2 3
CTFM 476 Draping for Apparel Design 3
CTFM 477 Capstone in Fashion Mechandising 3
 Total Credits120-123

Please Note: Many scholarships require enrollment in a minimum of 15 credits per semester, so additional elective coursework may be required to remain eligible for scholarships.