Concentration in Merchandising

Fashion Management with a concentration in Merchandising was developed for students desiring careers in fashion retailing. This program provides the students a background in management skills such as brand management, sales force management, and product sales management for both manufacturing and the retail sectors of the fashion industry. Sales management careers are directly involved in the sale of product are: sales floor management in retail, showroom management in wholesale, product distribution, buying, or account management. Many retailers prefer buyers to work as store managers before acceptance into the buying offices. Distribution analysts determine sales trends and also determine how many units a store would need to have in order to achieve sales goals. Distribution analysts’ positions are often laterally promoted into the buying offices. Students frequently choose to develop their career either through major retail corporations before becoming independent store owners. From the buying offices, many advance their career working for major apparel corporations as account executives who work with retail buyers. It is also common for merchandising offices to co-work with product development offices in line development. Promotional work is engaged in brand management and visual merchandising.

Bachelors Degree Institutional Requirements

A minimum of 120 hours required for graduation to include:

  • 45 hours of residency
  • 42 advanced hours (Junior/community college courses will not satisfy)
  • 36 of the last 45 hours from UIW
  • 45 clock hours community service
  • Computer literacy (test or course credit)

University Core Curriculum (46 semester hours)

UNIVERSITY CORE CURRICULUM

HOURS

ENGL 1311 Composition 1

3

ENGL 1312 Composition 2

3

DWHP 1200 Wellness/Health Development

2

PE Activity

1

PHIL 1381 Introduction to Philosophy

3

Religious Studies: Choose 1:

RELS 1310, 1340, 1345, 1355, 1360, 1375, 3330, or 3345

3

Choose 1 upper division class from PHIL or RELS

3

ENGL 2310 World Literature

3

Choose 1:

ARTS 1301, 1311; or ARTH 2361 or 2362

3

MATH 1304 or higher

3

HIST 1311, 1312, 1321, or 1322

3

Natural Science with lab

4

Language (one language—2 courses)

6

ECON 2301 Macro-Economics

3

Total Hours

43

Grade of C or better required in ENGL 1311, 1312 and all courses for Major/Minor/Concentration/Specialization

Click on courses below to see syllabi.

FASHION COURSES**

HOURS

FMGT 1111 Seminar in Fashion Management

1

FMGT 1301 Computer Applications in Fashion

3

FMGT 1305 Introduction to Fashion Management

3

FMGT 1310 Apparel Construction 1

3

FMGT 2341 Textiles

3

FMGT 2350 Fashion Promotional Strategies 1

3

FMGT 3355 Fashion Operations Management 1

Replaces old format of FMGT 3383

3

FMGT 3340 Textile Product Analysis

3

FMGT 3383 Fashion Operations Management 2

Replaces FMER 4395

3

FMGT 4331 Fashion Promotional Strategies 2

3

FMGT 4350 Global Fashion Economics

3

Choose one:

FMGT 4388 Internship

FMGT 4392 Study Tour

3

FMGT 4335 Portfolio, Fashion Management

3

Choose one:
FMGT 2323 Fashion History 1

FMGT 3323 Fashion History 2

FMGT 4307 Cultural Studies in Fashion

3

3

3

INTD 2364 Color Theory

3

FADS 3335 Technical Line Development

3

FADS 4330 Product Development 1

3

FADS 4337 Product Development 2

3

Total Hours in Fashion

52

BUSINESS COURSES

HOURS

ACCT 2311 Accounting 1

3

ACCT 2312 Accounting 2

3

MIS 2321 Introduction to Information Systems

3

ECON 2302 Micro-Economics

3

BLAW 3317 Business Law

3

BINT 3331 International Business Management

3

BMKT 3331 Principles of Marketing

3

BMGT 3340 Management Theory & Practice

3

Business Electives:

choose 2 classes from marketing or management

6

Total Hours in Business

30

**Courses completed at junior/community colleges will not satisfy the advanced hour requirement for the degree.

Minor Requirements

A fashion degree with concentration in Merchandising allows students the opportunity to minor in Business Management.

What classes must be taken to earn a minor in Management? (Make sure meet course prerequisites)
Required classes:

  • BMGT 3340 Management Theory & Practice (already required in the BA, Fashion Management)
  • ACCT 2311 (already required for BA, Fashion Management)
  • MIS 2321 Introduction to Information Systems (already required for BA, Fashion Management)

These courses you must add to the degree plan:

  • BMGT 3354 Human Resource Management
  • BMGT 4355 Organizational Behavior & Leadership
  • BMGT 4390 Business Ethics

Is it possible to earn both Business Marketing and Management minors?
Yes. Please work with your advisor to add all of the needed courses to the 4-Year Plan. It will be necessary to take summer school.