|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|Required Fashion Merchandising Courses
|FM 10||Introduction to the Fashion Industry||3|
|FM 12||The Business of Fashion Merchandising||3|
||Math for Merchandising||3|
|FM 20||Buying for the Fashion Industry||3|
|FM 24||Fashion Trend Forecasting||3|
|FM 25||Brand Management
|FM 26||Importing and Exporting||3|
|FM 32||Fashion Media||3|
|FM 39||Fashion Sustainability||3|
|FM 40||Fundamentals of Textiles||3|
|FM 50||Visual Merchandising and Display||3|
|FM 60||Fashion Law||3|
|MKT 11||Marketing Principles and Practices
Fashion Merchandising Elective Courses
| Choose two from the Following Fashion Merchandising Elective Courses
Computer Aided Design: CAD for Merchandising
|FM 39||Sustainability in Global Fashion||3|
|FM 56||Luxury Branding||3|
|FM 72||Style Writing||3|
|FM 82||Global Fashion Consulting||3|
|FM 87||Fashion Merchandising Internship||3|
|FM 88||Fashion Merchandising Engaged & Global Learning||1|
|May take FM 88 up to three times for a maximum of 3 credits|
Introduction to Business Information Processing
|Data Analytics Using Excel||3|
|DA 120||Introduction to Data Analytics||3|
|Liberal Arts and Science Electives
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
Required Core Courses
|POST 101||Post Foundations||1|
|ENG 1||Writing 1||3|
|ENG 2||Writing 2||3|
|Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.|
|Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
|Creativity Media & the Arts||3|
|Perspectives on World Culture||3|
|Self, Society & Ethics||3|
|Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required)||3|
|One additional course from one of the clusters above.||3-4|
Required General Electives
(12 credits from any course)
|Total Major Requirement Credits||42|
|Elective Major Credits||6|
|General Elective Credits
|Total Core Requirement Credits||32-33|
|Elective Liberal Arts & Sciences Credits||27-28|
|Total Degree Credits||120|
DA 118 Data Analytics Using Excel
The course provides students with the opportunity to learn data processing and data analytic skills needed to execute business and professional functionalities in Microsoft Excel. Emphasis is placed on how to efficiently navigate big datasets and use the keyboard to access commands during data processing. The course provides students extensive hands-on experience in learning through practicing with datasets drawn from accounting, finance and other business scenarios. Data visualization skills are also introduced and reinforced throughout the course. At the end of the course students are expected to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in Excel.
DA120 Introduction to Data Analytics with R and Python
This core required course in the Data Analytics program provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles of data science that underlie the data-mining algorithms, data-driven decision-making process, and data-analytic thinking. Topics include learning commands, arithmetic operators, logical operators, and functions in the analytical languages, writing scripts, performing descriptive analytics, creating analytical graphs, and working and manipulating data sets using the two most popular analytic languages of R and Python.
ECO 10 Introduction to Microeconomics
This course discusses the important economic theories and concepts that facilitate understanding economic events and issues. Its main focus is on the choices made by consumers, producers, and governments, and there interactions of these choices. Topics include demand and supply, consumption, and production, competitive and non-competitive product markets, markets for resources, and welfare. This course fulfills the Power, Institutions, and Structures thematic cluster requirement in the core curriculum.
ENG 1 Writing I: Composition and Analysis
English 1 is an introductory writing course that uses interpretation and analysis of texts to promote clear thinking and effective prose. Students learn the conventions of academic writing. In addition, students learn how to adapt writing for various audiences and rhetorical situations. This course is required Writing I, an introduction to composition, teaches an understanding of writing in various disciplines through the interpretation and analysis of texts. Students will learn conventions of academic writing. Additionally, students will learn how to adapt in response to different rhetorical situations, genres, purposes, audiences, and other issues of context. Writing I is a course that provides the foundation for understanding how to make meaning from texts. This course is required of all students unless exempted by Advanced Placement credit or successful achievement on the SAT examination in writing. Students exempted by assessment or department proficiency examination must take an upper-level English course in substitution after completing ENG 2. Special sections are offered for students in the Program for Academic Success (P sections), for non-native speakers (F sections), and for students identified as needing more personalized attention (S sections). No Pass/Fail option
Every Fall, Spring and Summer
ENG 2 Writing II: Research and Argumentation
Writing II, a course in research and argumentation, focuses on scholarly research and the citation of information supporting sustained, rhetorically effective arguments. Building on the work of Writing I, this course addresses sensitivity to complex rhetorical and stylistic choices. Students will learn to use sources and resources effectively and ethically, including library holdings and databases, in service of scholarly arguments grounded in research. This course is required for all students unless exempted by Advanced Placement credit. Special sections are offered for students in the Program for Academic Success (P sections) and for non-native speakers (F sections). No Pass/Fail option. Prerequisite of ENG 1 is required.
Every Fall, Spring and Summer
FM 10 Introduction to the Fashion Industry
Introduction to the Fashion Industry
This course explores the relationship of the fashion
industry to society and consumer demand. It
includes fashion history development, a survey of
select fashion industries, fashion design, apparel
manufacturing, textile marketing, fashion
merchandising, and accessory marketing in a global
FM 12 Business of Fashion Merchandising
This course provides students with realistic information about the evolving landscape of the retailing and apparel merchandise industries. Students will learn how a line is created from the research and design stage to the marketing, sourcing, production and distribution stage. Insight on how the industry is organized, how apparel and accessory companies operate, and how they are affected by changing technology and globalization will also be shared. To engage students with real world application, the course meets regularly in The Student Body Boutique and includes periodic excursions to trade shows, visits to vendors and showrooms.
FM 14 Math for Merchandising
This course develops the mathematical and EXCEL
skills for individuals who will be directly or
indirectly involved in the activities of
merchandising and buying for a fashion company
or at the retail level. This course explains the
essential concepts, practices, procedures, formulas,
calculations, and interpretations of figures that
relate to producing profitable buying and selling
operations. At the same time, this course uses real
world examples often modeled using EXCEL that
reflect current industry practices and trends, so
students are prepared for merchandising careers.
FM 20 Buying for the Fashion Industry
This course provides students with the skills and
savvy needed to become effective buyers in any area
of retail. Typical buying tasks, such as identifying
and understanding potential customers, creating a
six-month merchandising plan, and developing sales
forecasts, will be discussed in the context of current
business automated software. Additional topics will
include the coverage of important retailing trends
and technological advances, including social
responsibility, sustainability, fast fashion, and the
use of new media and social networking. This
course will meet periodically in The Student Body
to engage course concepts in a retail environment
and on occasion work with the buying team at an
actual trade show.
Pre requisites: FM 10 and FM 14
FM 24 Fashion Trend Forecasting
Fashion trend analysis and forecasting is vital to product and brand development. Through trend analysis and forecasting using current industry forecasting service software, students gain an understanding of how consumers and industry serve as product developers, gatekeepers and promoters of fashion. This course explores the roles of how fashion consumption impacts the environment and economic development. It looks at how socio-cultural changes, social responsibility and the digital consumer affect fashion trends. An ideal mix of creativity and professionalism are employed toward course deliverables including trend boards and associated presentations.
Prerequisites: FM 10 and FM 12 is required.
FM 25 Brand Management
Students will develop core skills needed towards
understanding, crafting, measuring, and managing
brand strategies within fashion and other related
industries. The course draws on marketing,
sociological, and psychological theories of consumer
behavior and examines branding as a co-creation of
consumers, marketers, and culture. The course
objectives are to: 1) design effective brand identities
and value propositions as part of overall business
strategy; 2) develop brand-building strategies 3)
apply brand licensing and creative elements for
effective branding; 4) leverage digital technologies,
such as social media marketing, to promote
branding and licensing programs. Coursework may
incorporate a live business case and project
designed to develop collaboration, critical thinking
and creativity in brand management.
Prerequisite of MKT 11 is required.
FM 26 Importing and Exporting
A global industry for sourcing, the fashion industry
must take advantage of low-cost producing
countries and their respective manufacturing.
However, international trade is a necessity in order
to grow and generate profits. The U.S. export-import
trade policies/ procedures, current trends
and key trade relationships are covered in this
course. Students will become skilled in what
research, resources and analysis skills come into
play in order to decide whether to export or import
and then how global trade issues affect the textile
and apparel industries.
A pre requisite of FM 10, FM 12, and FM 14 is required.
FM 32 Fashion Media
This course will successfully cover how fashion
media marketing communicates the value of a
brand’s product or service to their target customer.
Presently, with the emergence of new media: ecommerce,
social media, digital content, interactive
media, and mobile apps, the marketing process is
moving at light speed. Companies and marketers
with this enhanced customer information must be
prepared to engage dynamically. In this class,
students will explore all facets of new media
through discussions, readings and exploration of
pertinent websites, blogs and Instagram accounts.
Special emphasis will be placed on current new
media applications, activities and campaigns, using
topical articles and case studies. Students will learn
to identify and differentiate key media platforms
and understand the pros and cons of each to
effectively build targeted marketing strategies. This course is cross-listed with PR 14.
FM 34 Special Events
Students will learn about a variety of special events
and how to organize and manage them.
Additionally, they will learn about special events
history, rationale, goals and strategies, as well as the
value of special events in a public relations strategy.
The types of events to be discussed include fashion
shows, tours of business facilities, conferences,
openings, employee and customer recognition
initiatives, product and services launches,
community relations, sports promotions,
fundraisers, galas, anniversary celebrations, and
entertainment premieres. (Note that this course is
cross-listed with PR 14)
A pre requisite of FM 30 is required.
FM 35 Computer Aided Design: CAD for Merchandising
This fundamental course introduces the basic two dimensional
and three-dimensional graphic design
software platform, known as Computer Aided
Design (CAD). This tool can be used in various
design and technical applications to enable
designers to create and produce various design
presentation products, such as visual display
concepts, retail design, space planning, digital trend
and concept boards, textile color developments,
among other things. This course offers students the
opportunity to upgrade their digital visual
merchandising skills to industry standards and add
an additional technical capability to their resumes.
FM 39 Sustainability in Global Fashion
Sustainable fashion refers to fashion products that are manufactured, marketed and used in the most sustainable manner possible, taking into account both environmental and socio-economic aspects. This course provides students an opportunity to acquire a foundational understanding of the scientific, political and social issues related to the design of resilient urban futures. The topic of sustainability in textile manufacture has been the subject of considerable research. In this course, we will also explore the textile industry from the perspective of social sustainability, shifting the focus from the materiality of textile production to the industry's relationships with the communities from which the products originate.
FM 40 Fundamentals of Textiles
This course explores the science of textiles
including information regarding fabric
identification: fabric name, fiber content, yarn
construction, count, coloration, finishes, weight,
and list of characteristics. Students will learn the
inherent performance properties and construction
of fibers and yarns which are relevant for
professionals in the fashion industry, such as
product developers, stylists, buyers, designers, etc.
This course brings together a wide variety of
information enabling students to spend less time
trying to connect the ideas and more time applying
the concepts so they can make appropriate choices
in textile selections for a product.
A pre requisite of FM 10 is required.
FM 50 Visual Merchandising and Display
In this course, a hands-on approach is utilized to learn techniques used in the visual merchandising industry. Using ingenuity, creative thinking, apparel items, etc., students design and construct selling displays. Institutional and abstract concepts will be discussed and practiced. Digital retailing, “Pop Up” shops and Brick and Mortar will be explored and related on-site retail visits may be included. Weekly projects and presentations on window prep and store design will be integrated into the coursework.
A pre requisite of FM 10, and FM 12 is required.
FM 56 Luxury Branding
In this course, we will examine luxury and its relationship with desire, status, consumption and economic value, exploring why luxury always triumphs in spite of the economy and world affairs. Students will study the brand, its purpose and target audience, shop the market and analyze merchandising and marketing strategies to reveal insights and create meaningful brand ethos. Students will use case studies from the luxury sector such as like Chanel, LVMH and Tiffany, as well as luxury travel, retail store design, tech, beauty and accessories in exploring how the most successful luxury brands function and defining what luxury represents in the contemporary world. The final project of the program results in a deliverable that responds to current trends in the luxury marketplace, culminating in a paper and professional presentation.
FM 60 Fashion Law
From fashion start-ups to ongoing business, fashion
professionals must be savvy regarding the legal
decisions and regulatory developments that affect
fashion companies. This course explores intellectual
property protection, licensing, anti-counterfeiting
and litigation. It also covers the legal aspects for
start-ups, and commercial transactions in local,
custom, and international settings. Just as
importantly, students will learn about the legal
challenges and caveats in fashion advertising,
marketing and celebrity endorsements. Pre requisites: FM 12; FM 25 or MKT 25.
FM 70 Fashion Entrepreneurship
Starting a business is a daunting task whether
individuals want to open their own stores, sell their
own products or establish their own brands. This
course focuses on the ready-to-wear process so
students can identify market opportunities and
execute a business plan in a competitive retail
environment. It explores all areas of a "fashion start
up" and examines how products are planned and
developed. From the perspectives of consumers,
manufacturers and retailers in a global context,
students will look at the requirements and
relationships needed to develop a plan, build a
business, launch a brand and channel it to the
FM 72 Fashion Style Writing
This course incorporates the construction of creative prose into the field of fashion with an emphasis on style. Features and copy for a variety of media including fashion magazines, advertising, trade publications, newspapers and increasingly online forums such as blogs and social media will be addressed. Ideas for source material will be identified in this course the same way as in the industry by attending fashion shows and collaborating with professionals to identify trends in the marketplace. Pitching articles, conducting interviews, and writing fashion features are some of the learning activities incorporated in this course. A pre requisite of FM 10 and FM 12 is required.
FM 82 Global Fashion
This course will explore how retailers and manufacturers are responding to the challenges of a rapidly expanding and evolving marketplace. Drawing on lessons learned from manufacturing, retailing, and global commerce, we will address the rise of the global consumer, the in-store shopping experience, and managing the retail experience across multiple channels. We will also explore the economic, geopolitical, and cultural factors governing the basic tenets of today's globalized marketplace. Topics will include fair trade, free trade and the expansion of the globalized marketing system through multi-channel retailing. The course will have an optional travel component with a subsidized week long trip in which students will experience the culture, working environment, and commerce of a major fashion capitol in the world. Course is cross-listed with ENT 61.
FM 87 Fashion Merchandising Internship
This internship opportunity permits students to supplement classroom instruction with real-world experience. After preparation of a resume for review by the faculty mentor, the student selects an appropriate internship geared to the individual student’s interests and abilities with the mentor. The student works approximately 120 hours per semester, with times arranged by the student and employer. Meetings with a faculty mentor, a journal, and periodic papers are required. Pre requisites: FM 10, FM 12, and FM 14 and permission of the Program Director is required.
FM 88 Fashion Merchandising Engaged Learning
This course is designed for any type of engaged learning on campus related to the fashion industry, such as working at the Student Body Boutique (one of LIU's student-run businesses). Global learning experiences organized by the department may also satisfy the requirements of this course. For example, the Fashion Merchandising week-long study abroad trip to a fashion capital may fulfill the course requirement with approval. Students will participate in engaged learning activities and work with a designated faculty mentor on appropriate deliverables to earn credit for the course. This is a one-credit course that can be repeated up to three times for a total of up to three credits upon approval of the Director.
FM 92 Capstone
In this course, students will develop a Fashion Start-up Entrepreneurial Venture by analyzing their target market and competition that culminates in a comprehensive business plan. Students will learn how to craft a mission statement, company name, product description, SWOT analysis, samples, merchandising plan, timeline, marketing strategy, and pitch. The final work can be used to demonstrate to future employers and other interested parties the students' skills and aptitude for similar independent external work assignments. A written and oral presentation will be required. This course will satisfy one WAC requirement.
MAN 11 Principles of Management
This is the core-marketing course for the LIU Undergraduate Program and it also appeals to non-business-majors who are interested in marketing. The aim of the course is to provide a rigorous and comprehensive introduction to contemporary marketing practice. The participants learn how to analyze complex business situations, identify underlying problems and decide on courses of actions with the help of the modern marketing management techniques. The students learn the concepts and terminology of modern marketing management during lectures, cases and class discussions. Application of the marketing management concepts becomes the focus for the term project.
MKT 11 Marketing Principles and Practices
This writing across-the-curriculum course is an analysis of corporate policy with respect to internal financial control, capital budgeting, dividend policy, and the issuance and sale of new securities. Emphasis will be placed on corporate decision-making under uncertainty in areas of investment and financing alternatives, both domestically and internationally. Tools and techniques for risk assessment and risk management will be explored using financial calculators and spreadsheet models. Prerequisites of FIN 11 and ACC 11 are required.
Post 101 and FY First-Year Seminar
Provide an emphasis upon the intellectual transition to college, first-year seminars focus on oral communication and critical reading skills taught in the context of theme-oriented academic courses specifically designed to meet the needs of first-year students. The content of these courses varies by discipline, but each course is limited to twenty students and linked in a learning community with a section of Post 101. First-Year Seminars involve intensive faculty mentoring and provide a source of support and insight to students who are encountering the new responsibilities connected to college life. First-Year Seminars can also be used to fulfill major requirements or can be used as electives, including, in many cases, liberal arts electives. Post 101 is best understood a one-credit course preparing first-year students for the challenges of college life. It emphasizes engagement with the campus community as a preparation for engagement with the world as an active, informed citizen. Weekly hour-long class meetings emphasize a holistic approach to learning and introduce students to the behavior, foundational skills, and intellectual aptitudes necessary for success.
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