Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCSN) Vision and Mission

Vision - To be an innovative department renowned for rigorous, diverse programs of study steeped in the Catholic liberal arts tradition and distinguished by exemplary graduates responsibly engaged in the world.

Mission - Founded first on Catholic liberal arts tradition and offering rigorous programs of study, the Family, Consumer and Nutritional Sciences (FCNS) department educates women to be professional, ethical leaders. Grounded in science, the students become content experts with an innovative mindset and professional voice. The curriculum empowers students to understand and reflect upon the multi-faceted issues facing individuals and families today, challenging graduates to advocate for the dear neighbor without distinction in a socially responsible manner. Strong inter-professional and community collaborations prepare women for transformational leadership, life-long learning and a commitment to sustainability in the global context.

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Academic Plan

St. Kate's apparel design major blends exciting courses in the liberal arts, like fine arts, psychology and literature, with rigorous apparel design courses such as garment construction, fashion illustration and patternmaking.

We offer anatomy and mathematics courses as well. Both useful in apparel design to better understand the human body and measurement or proportions.

Below is a sample academic plan. You can work with an advisor to tailor the courses to your interest.

Fall
CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman*
ART 1000: Two-Dimensional Design
SOCI/PSYC: Social science course*
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or literature course*

Winter
FASH 2150: Sociocultural Aspects of Clothing
WOST/CRST: Women's studies or critical studies course*
ART 1010: Three-Dimensional Design
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or literature course*

Fall
FASH 2050: Textiles
HIST: History course*
MATH/STATS: Math or statistics course*
SOCI/PSYC: Social science course*

Winter
FASH 3100: History of Costume
FASH 2100: Apparel Construction and Analysis
ARTH 1110: Intro. to Art History
PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*

Fall
APPD 3050: Advanced Construction
FASH 4100: History of Fashion
ART 1200: Drawing
ART 2250: Art & Technology

Winter
APPD 4050: Fashion Illustration
APPD 3150: Patternmaking I
ART 2150: Color
PHIL/THEO: Philosophy or theology course*

Fall
ADDP 4150: Patternmaking II
EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*
LANG/LIT: Foreign language or literature course*
SOCI/PSYC: Social science course*
Laboratory science course*

Winter
APPD 4800: Apparel Design Seminar
CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice*
EXSS: Exercise and sport science activity course*
Elective
Internship (recommended) or elective

* Denotes course is part of liberal arts and sciences core requirements (for all majors).

For detailed course descriptions, visit the courses page.

Writing Requirement for Majors

Apparel design majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing FASH 2150: Color. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000: The Reflective Woman and CORE 3990: Global Search for Justice and one other writing-intensive course in this or another department).

Minor in Studio Art

St. Kate's apparel design majors must take art courses, automatically satisfying the requirements for a minor in studio art.

You may also choose a minor in other areas, such as business, journalism, communications or psychology to prepare for careers in design, product development, merchandising, buying, management, fashion writing or fashion consulting.

Alumna Stephanie Lesko, for example, double-majored in apparel design and fashion merchandising, and triple-minored in art, business and theater. She is now the assistant product manager at The Bon Ton Stores, Inc.

View a list of St. Kate's minors »