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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fashion Design and Product Innovation (BS)

Program Educational Goals:

  1. International Fashion Business: Comprehend the importance of the global market and trade and forces that affect trading in global and domestic economies.
  2. Social Responsibility and Sustainability: Demonstrate knowledge of social responsibility and sustainability issues affecting the fashion industry.
  3. Aesthetics and Design: Integrate concepts of aesthetics and underlying factors of elements and principles to shape successful design of apparel products; apply aesthetics and design thinking to develop strategies resolving apparel industry problems.
  4. Consumers and Markets: Demonstrate understanding of the impact of consumers’ demographic, geographic, psychographic and behavioral characteristics on marketing and merchandising fashion products in domestic and global markets.
  5. Fashion Industry Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of the multifaceted and dynamic nature of fashion and the retail fashion industry.
  6. Fashion, Style & Culture: Recognize the influence of historic and cultural dress on contemporary fashion.
  7. Product Development: Demonstrate an understanding of the product development process by utilizing marketing concepts, product life-cycle, and target markets characteristics in conceptualizing plans for a product.
  8. Product Knowledge, Promotion, and Presentation: Illustrate the ability to use knowledge of textiles and apparel products to select, evaluate, promote, and communicate product ideas and information.
  9. Fashion Retailing: Understand the operations and develop strategies for the “final business” in the distribution channel that links manufacturers to consumers.
  10. Supply Chain Management: Analyze and evaluate various components in the apparel supply chain.
  11. Design: Integrate concepts of aesthetics and underlying elements and principles of design to develop successful apparel product; apply aesthetics and design thinking to develop strategies resolving apparel industry problems.
  12. Fashion Forecasting and Communication: Communicate fashion ideas effectively using written, verbal, visual and tactile languages (presentation layouts, boards, illustrations/sketching, specifications, line sheets); justify design decisions.
  13. Assembly, Patternmaking, Fit: Produce professional fashion products that incorporate the fundamental principles, processes, and techniques of patternmaking, assembly and fit; apply an integrative approach to patternmaking, fit, and construction; understand interrelationships among body form, sizing, pattern shape, materials, and market.

University Requirements:

College Requirements:

For guidance on how to meet these requirements, see your advisor for a planning guide.

Second Writing Course:

A Second Writing Requirement  approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.


Option 1

One of the following:

  • MATH 114  - College Mathematics and Statistics Credit(s): 3 (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics) (minimum grade C-)
  • MATH 115  - Pre-Calculus Credit(s): 3 (designed for students who intend to continue the study of mathematics) (minimum grade C-)
  • MATH 117  - Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers Credit(s): 4 (designed to prepare students for MATH 241 ) (minimum grade C-)

Option 2

Successful completion of any 200-level or higher mathematics course except: MATH 201 MATH 202 MATH 205 MATH 251 MATH 252 MATH 253 , and MATH 266 . (minimum grade C-).

Option 3

Successful performance on a proficiency test in mathematics administered by the Department of Mathematical Sciences (0 credits awarded).

Foreign Language:

  • Completion of the intermediate-level course (107,112, or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
    • The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
      • Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination  through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.

College Breadth Requirements:

The following are the requirements from the College of Arts and Sciences Breadth categories. If selected carefully, in consultation with your academic advisor, some breadth courses can simultaneously satisfy both University and College Breadth requirements.  FASH courses, or any courses cross-listed with FASH courses, cannot be used to satisfy Breadth requirements.  A minimum grade of C- is required in courses to count as University and CAS Breadth requirements.

Group A: Creative Arts and Humanities:

Group B: History and Cultural Change:

Group C: Social and Behavioral Sciences:

Group D: Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology:

Major Requirements:

Nine credits in additional ART, ARTH, THEA and FASH:

Six of the nine credits may overlap with College and University Breadth requirements. Students may choose three credits of ART/ARTH/THEA (non-FASH) from the University Creative Arts and Humanities list  and three credits ART/ARTH/THEA (non-FASH) from the University History and Cultural Change list .


After required courses are completed; sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credits required for the degree. May include Military Science, Music, or Physical Education (only two credits of activity-type Physical Education and four credits of Music ensemble and four credits of 100 and 200-level courses in Military Science/Air Force may be counted toward the degree).

Credits to Total a Minimum of 124

Last Revised 2021-2022 Academic Year