Interior Design/Fashion Merchandising Concentration (1218)

In the Interior Design/Fashion Merchandising concentration a student may choose a specialized subject area from the following options: Interior Design or Textiles, Clothing, and Fashion Merchandising. The student has the choice of selecting unspecified electives or a minor in a supporting discipline. Minors in art, business administration, communications, sociology, political science, psychology, and others are useful selections for complementing the major. An important component of the curriculum which contributes to professional development is supervised field experience. The experience offers each student additional means for individual specialization. Enrollment in supervised field experience courses requires a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average. As an alternative to the supervised field experience, students can earn credits in approved, upper-division electives.

Careers in both traditional and non-traditional settings are open to graduates. Entry-level positions of recent graduates include department manager for a major retail store, residential interior designer, wholesale representative, and a buyer for a retail store. Many contemporary issues of society-at-large call for the services of the family and consumer sciences graduate who seeks to affect the lives of individuals and families in positive ways.

Degree Requirements

  1. Family and Consumer Sciences Core Component -- 17 hours
  2. General Education Component -- 48 hours
  3. Family and Consumer Sciences Component -- 18 hours
  4. Electives Component: Interior Design/Fashion Merchandising -- 12-14 hours
  5. Electives Component: Unspecified -- 16-18 hours
  6. Professional Development Component -- 18 hours

Total required for a B.S. degree - 131 hours

A minimum of 48 hours is required in upper-division courses.