2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 10/16/2023 
    Feb 29, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog *As of 10/16/2023

Human Ecology - Fashion Merchandising Honors, B.S.

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The Fashion Merchandising Honors Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level management positions in the broad field of fashion merchandising, with emphasis on the retail process of products and services. It includes a minor in business administration, as well as an internship in Fashion Merchandising or a related area. To complement the program, students may opt to complete electives that focus on advertising, journalism, communication, or visual presentation. With appropriate courses completed as electives, students can pursue careers in fashion reporting, advertising or graphic design.

In addition, the department participates in the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Visiting Student Program (located in New York City). Fashion Merchandising majors who meet eligibility requirements may opt to spend one year (junior year) at FIT for an additional degree (A.A.S.) in Advertising and Marketing Communications. Students return to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) to complete the four-year program and receive both degrees at graduation. To complement their program, students may choose to complete electives that focus on advertising, journalism, communication, or visual presentation. With appropriate courses taken as electives, students can pursue careers in fashion reporting, advertising, or graphic design.

Departmental Requirements

The Fashion Merchandising Honors Program requires that all students maintain a “C” in each course in their Program Core and Program Electives and a “C” average in General Education and Supportive Course Requirements. Individual programs may choose specific courses to fulfill General Education requirements. Students transferring into the department from another department or institution must have a 2.5 Cum GPA. Students are required to complete an internship designed to provide on-the-job experience in the fashion/textile industry. Some of the businesses which provide internship experience for students are: Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, J. C. Penney, Liz Claiborne, Black Entertainment Television (BET), Foot Locker, Sears, Nordstrom, and The Gap. Students majoring in the Fashion Merchandising Hours program are required to register for designated Honors courses. Students must include a minimum of 12 credits of Out-of-Class Experience. Students should consult their advisor when selecting the Out-of-Class Experience courses.

Study Tours

The Fashion Merchandising Honors Program provides students with an opportunity to participate in a minimum of one major study tour each year. Students in the department tour the fashion capital of New York City. During this tour, students have an opportunity to visit and tour the facilities of well-known fashion designers such as Liz Claiborne and Donna Karan, along with several manufacturing facilities of design houses, furriers, computerized facilities of Butterick-Vogue and Simplicity pattern companies, and fashion museums are among the places visited.

Required Courses

General Education Requirements

All students are expected to complete a common body of academic course work. The General Education Requirements are designed to promote the development of a comprehensive educational base which will effectively support a student’s choice of a major concentration. MATH 099  does not meet the General Education Requirement and does not apply toward graduation requirements.

Curriculum Area I - Arts and Humanities: Credits 9

Select two courses from any of the courses in Disciplines A - D and ENGL 203 from Discipline E.

Curriculum Area II - Social and Behavioral Sciences: Credits 6

Students must select one course in each of two disciplines.

Discipline A: Social Sciences

Discipline B: Behavioral Sciences

Curriculum Area IV - Mathematics: Credits 3

Curriculum Area V - English Composition: Credits 9

Total Required for General Education: Credits 41

1Students must pass ENGL 101  and ENGL 102  with grade of “C” or above before taking ENGL 203 .
2Honor students should take honors courses.


*Students interested in a Business minor must earn a “C” or better in MATH 109 , ACCT 201 , ECON 201  and ECON 202 . Please refer to that section for specific requirements.

Curriculum Guide for Fashion Merchandising Honors


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