The Bachelor of Science degree is required by an increasing number of organizations for admission into their executive training programs. This curriculum is designed so that the student may declare a minor (usually 18 semester hours) in suggested related studies such as textile design, advertising, art, international business, marketing, business administration, management, and fashion design. The student is prepared for positions in the creative and executive levels of fashion in the following areas: Fashion Marketing (domestic, international), Personnel Management, Retail Advertising and Promotion, Buying, Retail Management, Visual Merchandising, Textiles, Textile Design, E-tailing and Product Development.
All students must fulfill a supervised industry internship between Thanksgiving and Christmas of their sophomore fall semester. The retail organization in which they will work is selected by the faculty of the Fashion Merchandising and Retailing Program. A student must have earned a 2.5 QPR to obtain junior status in the Program.
The degree will not be granted to students who receive less than “C” in Retailing 280. The Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Merchandising will not be granted to students receiving more than one “D” in any Fashion Merchandising and Retailing course.
In addition to formal class work, the student is required to participate in a supervised industry internship program with approved retail organizations that include many prestigious New York City stores. Other important aspects of the program are: fashion show productions; resident buying office workshops; field trips to the New York market, trade shows, museums, and manufacturers, at a nominal cost to student. On-campus seminars are led by outstanding industry personnel.
Fashion Merchandising also offers a program combined with a full-time cooperative education program open to those interested in pursuing a career within the diversified retailing and fashion fields. For further information refer to the Fashion Merchandising and Retailing Cooperative Education brochure.
The Fashion Merchandising and Retailing Department is affiliated with several Study Abroad Programs. Students may attend the London College of Fashion, the University of Florence, Italy and several universities in Australia. This off-campus semester enables B.S. degree students to participate in a couture study week in Paris plus retail experiences in other countries. Students who wish to participate in this affiliated Study Abroad Program are advised to make application in their sophomore year for the Fall or Spring semester of their junior or senior year. Electives for the B.S. degree are satisfied by all study abroad program semester hours with approval of the Department. Students with prior co-op experience who participate in the Spring semester abroad may opt for a Summer co-op experience in Europe.
Students enrolled in other majors at the University of Bridgeport may declare a minor status if they complete a minimum of 18 semester hours in the following areas: 3 to 9 semester hours may be elected from the following: Fashion Merchandising or Retailing 101, 108, 201, 305; 6 to 9 semester hours from the following: Retailing 102, 207, 213; 3 semester hours from the following: Retailing 300, 308, or 313.
The Fashion Merchandising and Retailing B.S. degree program easily accommodates transfer students. No courses below a “C” grade are transferable. Transfer Articulation Agreements are in effect with Dean College (MA), Bay Path College (MA), Nassau Community College (NY), Dutchess (NY) and Westchester Community College, Middlesex Community College (CT), Fisher College (MA), Holyoke Community College (MA), Orange County Community College (NY) and County College of Morris (NJ).