Anne-Marie Junker, Program Coordinator
Department of Consumer Sciences
Wagner Hall 425, Box 2275A
Fashion Studies and Retail Merchandising is the perfect major for students who would like to spend their career in one of many roles in the dynamic, competitive, and creative fashion industry. After gaining a good understanding of fundamental business principles related to merchandising and globalization of the industry, they are qualified to become a store or department manager, buyer, or visual merchandiser. Our students also acquire a broad knowledge of people and their behavior, and an understanding of the world at large, and technical knowledge and skills to select fabrics and plan and produce fashion goods.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon the completion of the Fashion Studies and Retail Merchandising major, students will:
- Apply industry terminology, theories, and concepts in appropriate ways to discuss and critique product quality, serviceability, regulatory compliance standards, merchandising strategies, market trends, retail environments, regulatory factors, and global factors related to the fashion and textile industry. (Cross-curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
- Demonstrate understanding of the fashion process, including the forces that drive fashion changes and diffusion of innovation and ideas. (Cross-curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
- Identify and interpret needs, wants, and aspirations of consumers, and outline how industry processes can be applied to forecast, plan, develop, produce, communicate, and sell profitable product lines of products that meet the marketplace’ needs. (Cross-curricular Skill: Integrative Learning)
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge about the role of dress as it reflects and shapes intra- and inter-cultural interactions, ideals, values, norms, traditions, appearance management, and human behavior. (Cross-curricular Skill: Intercultural Knowledge; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Apply knowledge of the role of dress as it is used to create, express, and fulfill identities, lifestyles, and fantasies. (Cross-curricular Skill: Intercultural Knowledge; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Understand the role of historic, socio-cultural, economic, technological, political, and psychological factors in aesthetic expression and development of styles.
- Understand how aesthetics and the design process can support quality of life.
- Demonstrate understanding how globalization, market conditions, diverse economic systems and political structures, regulatory factors, cultural norms and values, historic events, geographic locations, and social issues affect industry processes and sourcing strategies.
- Identify and evaluate issues of social responsibility, environmental sustainability, professional behavior, and ethics related to the impact of individual, organizational, societal, and corporate decision-making. (Cross-curricular Skill: Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
- Apply critical and creative thinking skills, including the ability to objectively evaluate and compare diverse perspectives. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking; Problem Solving)
- Formulate sound conclusions and decisions by using appropriate technology, knowledge, and business practices to identify, assess, analyze relevant factors that influence the industry and related strategies. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking; Problem Solving)
- Apply qualitative and quantitative skills to problem solving and formulate creative strategies to current issues and future opportunities in the industry. (Cross-curricular Skill: Inquiry and Analysis; Critical and Creative Thinking; Problem Solving)
- Use effective and professional written, oral, and visual communication skills to inform, explain, and support ideas, decisions, evaluations, and strategies.
- Demonstrate ability to take appropriate responsibility for their personal and professional growth, including reflection and critiquing of their progress, outlining their career goals, and demonstrate self-directedness.
- Illustrate effective team working and leadership skills within professional and culturally diverse environments. (Cross-curricular Skill: Teamwork; Intercultural Knowledge; Diversity, Inclusion and Equity)
Course Delivery Format
Students learn through lecture, laboratory, and hands-on learning experiences. An 8-10 week (300 hour) full-time summer practicum compatible with career goals is a program requirement.