Fashion Studies Major (B.A.)

The Fashion Studies Major focuses on the multi-billion dollar industry centered on the production and sale of fashion products. Students analyze consumer needs and learn how these needs are met by a complex and dynamic fashion industry, preparing for careers in apparel manufacturing, merchandising, management and/or marketing of fashion products and services. The program is based in the Department of Art and Design. For further information, go to: Fashion Studies (BA).

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-6
Major Requirements81
Free Electives6-3
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
ARFD 100Perceptual Drawing3
ARFD 101Surface3
ARFD 102Drawing as Research3
ARFD 103Color and Light3
ARFD 104Space3
Program Core Requirements
ARFD 200Time3
VIST 102Visual Culture3
VIST 106Modern Visions 1400-19453
Required Collaterals
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
or ECON 102 Applied Microeconomics
STAT 109Statistics3
MGMT 231Management Processes3
MKTG 240Introduction to Marketing3
Major Requirements
ARTX 201Culture and Appearance3
ARTX 298Textiles3
ARTX 220Textile and Apparel Colloquium3
ARTX 310Fashion Retailing Mathematics3
ARTX 320Dress and Fashion History, Prehistory to 17903
ARTX 321Dress and Fashion History, from 1800 to Today3
ARTX 360Fashion Consumer Research3
Research Project and/or Internship(s)
Select 1 of the following options for a total of 6 credits:6
Fashion Show Promotion
and Fashion Internship 1
Fashion Internship 2
Select 18 credits from the following options:18
Fashion Studies Electives
Select 18 credits of the following with at least 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level (see below).
Complete a Minor
Complete a minor in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Business, Entrepreneurship, or Communication Studies (see below).
Total Credits81

Fashion Studies Electives

Select 18 credits of the following with at least 6 credits at the 300 or 400 level:18
Accessory Design
Screen Printing
Introduction to Apparel Construction
Textile Design
Intermediate Apparel Construction
Fashion Illustration
Fashion Marketing
Digital Applications for Fashion
Fashion Study Abroad
Fashion Branding
Fashion Product Development
Fashion Forecasting
Apparel Design: Draping
Special Topics for Apparel Creation
Apparel Design: Flat Pattern
The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation
Creating Your Startup Business Model
Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup
Introduction to International Business
Export/Import Marketing Process
International Marketing
International Retailing
Human Resource Management
Retail Marketing and Management
Buying and Distribution Strategies
Practicum in E-Retailing
Consumer Behavior
Integrated Marketing Communications
Introduction to the Theatrical Medium
Costume Construction I
Production Costumes
Introduction to Communication and Media
Magazine Journalism
Total Credits18

Business Minor

Communication Studies Minor

Entrepreneurship Minor

Fashion Design Minor

Fashion Merchandising Minor

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Perceptual Drawing (Fulfilled in the major.)
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences
Modern Visions 1400-1945 (Fulfilled in the major.)
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Statistics (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Culture and Appearance (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits30

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on placement exam complete one or two sequential courses in one language.3-6
World Cultures
Culture and Appearance (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits3-6

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar 1
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication 3
ARFD 100 Perceptual Drawing 3
ARFD 101 Surface 3
VIST 102 Visual Culture 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature 3
ARFD 102 Drawing as Research 3
ARFD 103 Color and Light 3
ARTX 201 Culture and Appearance 3
STAT 109 Statistics 3
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (G) Computer Science 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (I) Natural Science Laboratory 4
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History 3
ARFD 104 Space 3
ARTX 298 Textiles 3
ARFD 200 Time 3
ARTX 220 Textile and Apparel Colloquium 3
ECON 101
Applied Macroeconomics
or Applied Microeconomics
MGMT 231 Management Processes 3
VIST 106 Modern Visions 1400-1945 3
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives 3
World Language 1 3
ARTX 320 Dress and Fashion History, Prehistory to 1790 3
MKTG 240 Introduction to Marketing 3
Major Elective 3
World Language 2 3
ARTX 321 Dress and Fashion History, from 1800 to Today 3
ARTX 360 Fashion Consumer Research 3
Major Elective 3
Major Elective 3
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies 3
ARTX 310 Fashion Retailing Mathematics 3
Major Elective (Upper Level) 3
Major Elective 3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education 1
ARTX 400
Fashion Show Promotion
or Fashion Internship
ARTX 409 Fashion Internship 3
Major Elective (Upper Level) 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Credits120