This program is designed to prepare students to enter fashion merchandising positions in the apparel and textile industry. These positions include various aspects of design, purchasing, distribution, quality control, and promotion of fashion products. The program provides students with product knowledge of textiles and apparel as well as an understanding of socioeconomic influences and business skills relevant to merchandising fashion products.
Total Hours for a Major in Fashion Merchandising: 73-78
Students must earn a grade of C or better in FSMD 152 and FSMD 258 before they can enroll in any FSMD course requiring either FSMD 152 or FSMD 258 as a prerequisite or in any fashion merchandising elective or 400-level course.
B.S. in Fashion Merchandising Degree Completion Program
This program is designed to facilitate completion of the B. S. in Fashion Merchandising for individuals holding an AAS in Fashion Merchandising or related degree. To receive the B. S. degree, a student must satisfy all university graduation requirements and major requirements. Students in this program are exempt from the 30 semester hour university residence requirement.
Those interested in the B. S. degree completion program in Fashion Merchandising should contact a program adviser for a pre-admission advising meeting, where coursework to be completed at the A.A.S. degree institution as well as at NIU will be confirmed. Contingent upon the curriculum of the individual A.A.S. degree institution, students may receive proficiency credit for the following Fashion Merchandising major course work: FSMD 152, FSMD 258, FSMD 262, FSMD 272.
Additional proficiency credit may be awarded as determined at the pre-admission advising session, to be posted upon completion of degree requirements. Students must complete 30 semester hours at NIU, excluding proficiency credit. In this completion program, students are exempt from the 30 semester hour residency requirement.