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Fashion Studies Minor

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College of Design
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2024
  • Required credits in this minor: 15 to 16
The fashion studies minor provides students who have an interest in fashion the opportunity to gain knowledge about fashion product, theory, and industry specific practices. Fashion is a major global industry with a broad range of career opportunities from business and design to engineering and chemistry.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
This major is not available for apparel design or retail merchandising majors. Transfer courses must be approved by the fashion studies minor advisor. No more than one transfer course may be used toward the minor. Transfer coursework may be accepted for prerequisite courses upon review: this is not included in the one-course limit.
Required courses
ADES 3217 - Fashion: Trends and Communication (3.0 cr)
ADES 3121 - History of Fashion, 19th to 21st Century (3.0 cr)
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
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Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 5 or more credit(s) from the following:
· RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· ADES 2214 - Softlines Analysis (3.0 cr)
· RM 2215 - Introduction to Retail Merchandising (3.0 cr)
· ADES 3196 - Field Study: National or International (1.0-10.0 cr)
· ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry [WI] (3.0 cr)
· ADES 2213 - Textile Product Analysis (4.0 cr)
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ADES 3217 - Fashion: Trends and Communication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Relation of fashion trends to visual analysis of apparel. Application to design/retail. Study of techniques and processes of identifying socio-cultural indicators, past and present trends, and methods for determining future trends in fashion and related industries. Communication skills are developed through assignments, in-class activities, lecture/discussion, guest-speaker presentations, and a trend forecasting project.
ADES 3121 - History of Fashion, 19th to 21st Century
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: ADes 4121/ApSt 5121
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of apparel and appearances in Western cultures, from the 18th century to the present. Role of gender, race, and class with respect to the change in dress within historical moments and social contexts will be addressed. Students will learn and apply research approaches and methods in the study and interpretation of dress using objects from the Goldstein Museum of Design.
RM 4212W - Dress, Society, and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Contemporary dress from diverse cultures within/outside USA analyzed using social science concepts. Dress as nonverbal communication system. prereq: [Jr or sr or grad student], [design major or minor or instr consent]
RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Apparel business. Overview of steps in the process of creating, merchandising, selling, and consuming apparel. Various ethical positions reflected in manufacturer, retailer, and consumer decision making are considered.
ADES 2214 - Softlines Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Physical characteristics of softline products related to function for target market. Class experiences based on methods of analysis, including visual inspection, quality, construction, costing, and fit/sizing. prereq: DHA major or minor or instr consent
RM 2215 - Introduction to Retail Merchandising
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed to introduce concepts involved in the retail business and provide a high-level overview into all aspects of managing, planning and executing within this environment. Concepts include omni channel/multichannel retailing, digital retailing, consumer behavior, buying, inventory planning, supply chain, pricing, financial planning, human resources, store locations, store layout, and visual merchandising.
ADES 3196 - Field Study: National or International
Credits: 1.0 -10.0 [max 10.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Faculty-directed field study in a national or international setting. prereq: instr consent
ADES 4218W - Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Relationship of fashion, dress, and culture to fashion industry. Globalization, fashion centers, design, time/place. Focuses on Chinese fashion industry. prereq: Upper level undergraduate or grad student
ADES 2213 - Textile Product Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of fibers, yarns, textile structures, and finishes. Their effect on performance/appearance of textile products, including apparel, interior, and industrial textiles.