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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Using Your Degree

St. Kate's fashion merchandising major prepares you for careers in the wholesale and retail aspects of fashion including:

  • product and component sourcing
  • trend forecasting
  • visual merchandising
  • fashion event planning
  • fashion business analysis
  • retail management
  • individual or personal styling
  • entrepreneurship or running a boutique
  • product design and development

Our alumnae include:

  • Audra Simmering, vice president and owner of Trend Lab, LLC.
  • Kaitlin Vang, senior technical designer for Target Corp.
  • Stephanie Lesko, assistant product manager at The Bon Ton Stores, Inc. and freelance clothing designer
  • Britta Feuerhelm, assistant buyer at Christopher & Banks and lead designer for Barefaced Femme Apparel Co.
  • Ann Wieczorak Granger, talent acquisition manager for Target Corp.

Graduate School

Your fashion merchandising degree from St. Kate's will open doors for graduate work in fashion or design and other fields, including business administration, international relations, journalism, cultural anthropology or museum/archival studies.

Portfolios to attract employers

A collection of your best work is often the deciding factor in getting a job. When you graduate from St. Kate's fashion merchandising major, you'll have three portfolios to share with future employers: a department portfolio, a student portfolio and an e-portfolio. The e-portfolio is essential to marketing yourself in this information age.