Undergrad Catalog

Fashion Merchandising (FASH / MRCH)

Program Options: B.A., B.S.

The St. Kate's fashion merchandising major prepares you for a career in the fashion and apparel industry as it relates to fashion merchandising. In addition to taking major-related courses, you will complete a business administration minor. You will be prepared for careers in both the wholesale and retail aspects of fashion including merchandise coordinator, manufacturer's representative, product developer, business analyst buyer, product sourcer, visual merchandiser, stylist, personal shopper and retail manager. You can take advantage of the opportunity to study for a year at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City or at the London College of Fashion.

You may want to participate in 18-21 day off-campus study courses in either Boston/New York City or London/Paris/Florence. On these trips, you will experience first-hand discussion with fashion designers, trend and color forecasters, costume designers for Broadway or the London Theater, fashion magazine editors, buyers, textile wholesalers and manufacturers. You also will attend fashion exhibitions and view collections at major museums.

As an entering first-year student you will be eligible for one of two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 per year for four years. To compete for this scholarship, you must:

  • Maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Apply and be accepted to St. Kate's by February 15

See also: Apparel Design

Major Requirements:

FASH 2050 Textiles with Lab
FASH 2100 Apparel Construction and Analysis
FASH 2150 Sociocultural Aspects of Dress
FASH 3100 History of Costume
FASH 4100 History of Fashion
MRCH 3200 Technical Garment Analysis
MRCH 3300 Non-Store Retailing
MRCH 3400 Visual Merchandising and Trend Analysis
MRCH 4604 Internship (Senior Year)*
MRCH 4850 Fashion Merchandising Seminar (Junior or Senior)

*Replaced with FASH 4571 Internship Practicum (1 cr) and FASH 4603 Internship (3 cr) effective Fall 2013

Required business minor (may be replaced with another minor with departmental approval):
ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting
ACCT 2130 Managerial Accounting
MGMT 2400 Principles of Management
MKTG 2300 Principles of Marketing or SALE 2330 Introduction to Selling (2 cr)

Eight credits from:
ACCT 3210 Financial Management (prerequisite MATH 1070)
BUSI 3650 Business Law
BUSI 4440 Small Business & Entrepreneurship
BUSI 4752/4 Business Practicum (2 or 4 cr)
MGMT 3400 Advanced Management
MKTG 3350 Buyer Behavior & Market Research
MKTG 4300 Advanced Marketing
SALE 2330 Introduction to Selling (2 cr)

Recommended supporting courses:
MKTG 360T Retailing and Retail Behavior (UST course)
SALE 3330 Professional Sales: Customer Centered Selling

Fashion merchandising majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing FASH 2150. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing intensive courses (CORE 1000 or 2000, CORE 3990, and one other writing intensive course in this or another department).

Second Major Certificate in Fashion Merchandising  

Students who have received a baccalaureate degree from St. Catherine University or another regionally accredited institution may pursue a second major at St. Catherine. To be awarded the second major (post-baccalaureate) certificate, you must complete all of the requirements for the major, including required supporting courses.  Second major fashion merchandising students are strongly recommended, but not required to complete the business minor.

A minimum of one-half of the courses in the major must be completed in residence.  The residency requirement of 48 out of the last 64 credits does not apply to second major certificate students.

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