Sep 24, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Fashion Merchandising (B.S.)

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.

The student learning outcomes for this degree are located at

Check departmental information for any additional requirements.

Requirements in School (39-43)

Two of the following (6)

Requirements outside School (34-35)

Total Hours for a Major in Fashion Merchandising: 73-78

Special Requirements

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.

The application for admission to FSMD 474 is due the Friday of the third week of March prior to summer session enrollment.

Attendance at the course orientation meeting the semester prior to enrollment is required for FSMD 356 and FSMD 474.

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 advisor 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.