College for Women | School of Business
Do you have a passion for fashion and an eye for details? When pursuing the fashion merchandising major, you will utilize your creativity to design and develop products, and refine your analytical skills to define markets and forecast trends.
Learn About Sustainable Fashion and Business from Industry Leaders
Students will study environmental and social justice issues and sustainability in fashion and apparel, valuable knowledge for any student's future career — eco-fashion and a focus on human rights in manufacturing are important for consumers as well as the fashion industry.
You’ll learn how to manage the triple bottom line — financial, social, and environmental performance — of your future business. You’ll also hear from international industry leaders and our local retail partners who are regular speakers in classes.
Take advantage of 10– to 21–day off-campus study courses in New York City, London/Paris/Florence, India, or other locations. On these trips, you’ll benefit from first-hand discussions with fashion designers, trend and color forecasters, costume designers for Broadway or the London Theater, fashion magazine editors, buyers, textile wholesalers, and manufacturers. You also will attend fashion exhibitions and view collections at major museums.
Students will be prepared for careers in wholesale and retail aspects of fashion including:
- merchandise coordinator
- manufacturer representative
- product developer
- business analyst
- visual merchandiser
- personal shopper
- retail manager
A required internship and real-world course projects provide you with rich hands-on experiences. Students can take advantage of the opportunity to study for a semester or year at the Fashion Institute of Technology, London College of Fashion, Acadia Fashion Institute in Florence, or other approved study abroad programs.