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Dr. Kathleen Heiden
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Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies Curriculum


Program Expectations

  • Maintain a 2.2 cumulative GPA
  • Earn a "C" or better in all Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies courses 
  • Complete MCS Field Study Tour I during sophomore year
  • Complete an internship experience during sophomore and senior year
  • Develop area of specialization and begin coursework to complete minor during junior year

Curriculum

The Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies curriculum is divided into four course content areas. Click here for FMRS curriculum sheet.

General Education Requirements

All students receiving a bachelors degree from Louisiana Tech University must complete 45 hours of general education courses:

  • Arts Appreciation - 3 hours
  • English Composition - 6 hours
  • Humanities Courses - 12 hours
  • Mathematics - 6 hours
  • Natural Sciences - 9 hours
  • Social Sciences - 9 hours

Human Ecology Core

All students receiving a bachelors degree in the School of Human Ecology must complete a set of core classes (9 hours) that are established according to the Association of Family of Consumer Sciences that provides accreditation to the programs in the School of Human Ecology:

  • FCS 201: Introduction to Life Span Development. Basic principles and sequences in human development from prenatal period through aging years. Emphasis on developmental tasks, forces influencing development, and the family life cycle.
  • HEC 257: Survey of Human Ecology. An investigation of history, theoretical foundations, mission, and role of Human Ecology professionals in assisting individuals, families, and communities in achieving optimal quality of life.
  • HEC 357:Professional Issues in Human Ecology. Preq., HEC 257 and junior standing. A study of the diverse field of human ecology, including theoretical framework, current and future trends, and preparation for employment in professional setting.

Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies Courses

All students receiving a bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies must complete 37 hours in required FMRS coursework:

  • MCS 208: Introduction to the Merchandising Industry
  • MCS 219: Textiles
  • MCS 229: Product Quality Analysis
  • MCS 238: Cultural Perspectives in Fashion
  • MCS 248: Fashion Merchandising Software
  • MCS 298: Field Study in MCS I
  • MCS 308: Merchandising and Buying Management
  • MCS 368: Multi-Channel Retailing
  • MCS 388: Retail Event Planning and Coordination
  • MCS 429: Global Fashion Retailing
  • MCS 488: Visual Merchandising
  • HEC 267: Practica/Internship/Cooperative Education in Human Ecology
  • HEC 478: Practica/Internship/Cooperative Education in Human Ecology

Supporting Courses 

All students receiving a bachelors degree in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies must complete hours in supporting coursework. There are hours of required supporting courses and hours of directed electives. Students must choose directed electives from the following areas: Art, Entrepreneurship, Journalism, Marketing, Management, or Merchandising courses to complete a minor.

  • Accounting 201: Priniciples of Financial Accounting
  • Management 310: Management of Organizations
  • Marketing 300: Marketing Principles and Policies
  • Marketing 420: Integrated Marketing Communication
  • Marketing 435: Retailing
  • Directed Electives - 9 hours
  • Electives - 6 hours

 

The following Fashion Merchandising and Retail Studies courses may be taken as elective courses.

  • MCS 118: Pattern Application and Construction
  • MCS 268: Product Design
  • MCS 439: Historic Costume I
  • MCS 440: Historic Costume II
  • MCS 498: Field Study Tour in MCS II