Forestry Hosts FFA Career Development Event Every Fall.
Conclave 2013: Men's Bow Saw, Isaac Moore.
Every year our students volunteer to collect money for St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
Students are encouraged to create posters and enter them in poster competitions.
School of Forestry Faculty and Staff.
Reese Hall on South Campus.
Xi Sigma Pi Forestry National Honor Society Initiates.
Faculty, Staff and Students gather for a get acquainted supper.
Faculty assist students with advising.
Graduating seniors who are SAF members receive a free ring from Society of American Foresters.

Forestry (BSF)

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Dual Enrollment Courses


Louisiana Tech University currently offers dual enrollment courses that meet the requirements for both high school and college credit. The following courses offered through Louisiana Tech University will also fulfill the requirements for the Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies curriculum.


Dual Enrollment Course FMRS Requirement
Art 290: Art Appreciation Arts Appreciation General Education Requirement
BISC 224: Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology Natural Science Biology General Education Requirement
CHEM 120: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry Natural Science Physical General Education Requirement
CHEM 121: Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Natural Science Physical General Education Requirement
ENGL 101: Freshman Composition I English Composition General Education Requirement
ENGL 102: Freshman Composition II English Composition General Education Requirement
HIST 102: World History since 1500 Humanities General Education Requirement AND International Education Requirement
MATH 101: College Algebra Mathematics General Education Requirement
MATH 112: Trigonometry Mathematics General Education Requirement
PSYC 102: General Psychology Social Science Psychology General Education Requirement
SPCH 110: Principles of Speech Humanities General Education Requirement

HIST 101: World History to 1500

HIST 201: History of the United States, 1492-1877

HIST 202: History of the United States, 1877-present

HIST 101, HIST 201, OR HIST 202 (only one of the following courses is required and will transfer)

Humanities General Education Requirement 


CIS 110: Computer Tools for Business

HIST 101: World History to 1500

HIST 201: History of the United States, 1492-1877

HIST 202: History of the United States, 1877-present

FREN 101: Elementary French

FREN 102: Elementary French

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish

SPAN 102: Elementary Spanish

Any two (2) of the following courses will transfer towards completing the six hours of electives within the required Supporting Coursework

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Minor in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies

Students may minor in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies. A minor requires MCS 208 and 18 additional hours of merchandising courses with at least 9 hours at the 300 or 400 level. Courses may be selected from the following fashion merchandising and retail courses.

  • MCS 219: Textiles
  • MCS 229: Product Quality Analysis
  • MCS 238: Cultural Perspectives in Fashion
  • MCS 248: Fashion Merchandising Software
  • MCS 298: Field Study Tour in MCS I
  • MCS 308: Merchandise Buying and Management
  • MCS 368: Multi-Channel Retailing
  • MCS 388: Retail Event Planning and Coordination
  • MCS 429: Global Fashion Retailing
  • MCS 488: Visual Merchandising
  • MCS 498: Field Study Tour in MCS II


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The Fashion Republic


The purpose of the Fashion Republic is to further professional development of Fashion Merchandising and Retail students through educational programs, community service, and leadership opportunities.


What Can the Fashion Republic Offer Me?

The Fashion Republic has many things to offer students. We assist with special events and community service projects and attend professional career seminars. We also have an opportunity to meet with industry representatives and network for career opportunities. Not only do we learn year-round, but we become a part of a closely knitted group. By becoming a member of the Fashion Republic, long-lasting friendships can develop and continue for a lifetime.


2014-15 Fashion Republic Officers

President:  Sarah Coleman

Secretary: Tierra Young

Treasurer: Kelsy Kershaw

Social Chair: Katie Broomfield

Historian:  LaTonya Collins

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Employment Trends

Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies is a popular, dynamic, and competitive filed. Retailing is the largest employer in the United States employing over 14 million individuals.


According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, expect a 5-10% growth in the fashion merchandising and retail studies industry depending on specific career.


The following are median salaries from United States Department of Labor. Salary figures will vary by size, type, and geographic location of employer.

  • Customer Service Representatives $30,580
  • Event Planners $45,810
  • Fashion Writers $55,940
  • Public Relations Specialists $54,170
  • Promotions and Advertising Agents $46,290
  • Retail Buyers $ 60,550
  • Visual Merchandiser $47,441
  • Wholesale Sales Representative $57,870
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Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies Advisory Board





Linda Sivils, PhD, Chair

Professional Experience: Served as Instructor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, and Interim Director of the School of Human Ecology, Louisiana Tech University, 1967 to 2008; Retired in May of 2008.

Currently manage Museum of Fashion & Textiles at Louisiana Tech and volunteer teach History of Fashion.


Dr. Sivils has extensive background in teaching, in development and supervision of internship and cooperative education programs, in travel study programs, and in museum curation and management.

Educational Background: B.S., Home Economics, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1966; M.S. , Related Arts, Crafts, and Interior Design, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1967; Ph.D., Clothing, Textiles, and Fine Arts, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, 1976.



Penny Humphries


Tech degree: Merchandising and Consumer Affairs, Class of '79

Occupation: Director of Development, Louisiana Tech University Foundation

Development Officer for the College of Applied and Natural Sciences, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts


Retail/Industry Experience:   Worked as a buyer in a large family-owned department store, Lewis & Co., located in the Ruston community; bought for many departments in 10 years at Lewis & Co. including: dress/coat/fur buyer, store off-price buyer, junior buyer, and children’s buyer; coordinated special events and style shows for the store; worked with buying offices in New York, and served as the store liaison in contracting the Los Angeles buying office

 Wholesale vendor for a uniform company selling to fire and police departments; used knowledge of textiles working with Kevlar and fire-resistant fabric

Fashion Coordinator for Pecanland Mall, in Monroe, La.; responsible for planning and creating special events, including fashion shows and specific store promotions; developed and worked closely with a large fashion board of local model.

Personal Comment:

As a development officer at Louisiana Tech University I am privileged to play a significant role in the articulation of the University’s mission and purpose in working with alumni and friends. It is also an honor to serve on the Human Ecology Advisory Board at Louisiana Tech University. I feel very fortunate to be an advocate for the Merchandising Department and to give back to a program that challenged and inspired me and gave me opportunities for a multifaceted career. 


Heather Jach



Martha Vail