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: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
Choose one from the following:4
Composition I4
Composition I Honors4
Composition I Multilingual4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture3
Introduction to Communication3
Public Speaking3
Introduction to Communications Honors3
Area II: Mathematics3
Introduction to Statistics 23
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):
Survey of Economics3
Macroeconomic Principles3
Microeconomics Principles3
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts3
Visual Concepts3
General Education Elective 13-4
Any "G" course, excluding Area I and crosslisted courses
Viewing A Wider World 3
MKTG 311VConsumer Behavior3
VWW "THEA 307V -Society in Style" may be used to fullfill this degree requirement3
Departmental Requirements
CTFM 1110Fundamentals of Fashion3
CTFM 2120Fashion Illustration3
CTFM 2130Concepts in Apparel Construction3
CTFM 365Apparel Analysis3
CTFM 366Historic Fashion 43
or THEA 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 FCST Course 7
Any FCSC Course 7
Non-Departmental Requirements
ACCT 2110Principles of Accounting I3
MGMT 388VLeadership and Ethics3
MKTG 313Retail Management3
MKTG 317International Marketing3
One MKTG 300 or above3
Choose one course from the following:3
Technology and Communication for Business Management3
Introduction to Information 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

This roadmap assumes student placement in MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics . The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
English Composition - Level 1 Course 1 4
ARTS 1145G Visual Concepts 3
CTFM 1110 Fundamentals of Fashion 3
CTFM 2130 Concepts in Apparel Construction 3
Elective Course(s) 2
Freshman Orientation (Strongly Recommended)  
Financial Fitness for College Students (Strongly Recommended)  
English Composition - Level 2 Course 1 3
MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics 3 3
Either an Area IV/V:Social/Behavioral Sciences Course or Humanities Course 1, 4 3
CTFM 2120 Fashion Illustration 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Technology and Communication for Business Management  
Introduction to Information Systems  
Second Year
Oral Communication Course 1 3
ACCT 2110 Principles of Accounting I 3
Any 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
Free Elective Course 2 3
CTFM 372 Fashion Merchandising 3
CTFM 375 Fashion Buying 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Survey of Economics  
Macroeconomic Principles  
Microeconomics Principles  
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
Free Elective Courses 2 5
Fourth Year
MKTG 317 International Marketing 3
MGMT 388V Leadership and Ethics 3
FCST or FCSC Elective Courses 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
FCST or FCSC Elective Courses 6 3
Free 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.