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.

HomeFashion MerchandisingCareer Path


Fashion merchandising majors must take marketing and management courses, automatically satisfying the requirements for a minor in business administration.

You may also choose a minor in studio art, journalism, communications or psychology to prepare for careers in design, product development, merchandising, buying, management, fashion writing or fashion consulting.

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

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