School of Business and Technology

Applications accepted for fall and spring.      NYSED: 20789       CIP: 52.1902

The major in Fashion Business Management equips students with the knowledge and skills required to compete in today's international marketplace. Students are prepared to assume positions in the omni-channels of retailing, as buyers, sales managers, planners, and product developers, as well as positions in the wholesale and merchandising areas. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2021. 

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFM 326 - Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising3
FM 330 - Data Insights and Fashion Analytics2
FM 361 - Leadership Development for Retailing3
LIBERAL ARTSEN 321 - Strategies of Business Communication3
MA 321 - Data Analysis for Business Applications
  or 322 - Statistics, Machine Learning, and Data Mining
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language G83
Semester 6
LIBERAL ARTSSS 242 - Microeconomics3
MA 300 - The Mathematics of Financial Life Management, 311 - Mathematical Modeling for Business Applications,
  or 331 - Calculus
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Foreign Language3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Speech3
ELECTIVESchoice - see Requirements*: Major/Related Area/Elective(s)3
Semester 7
MAJOR AREAFM 424 - Global Merchandising3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Economics3
choice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts/Social Sciences3
ELECTIVESchoice - see Requirements*: Major/Related Area/Elective(s)/Internship6
Semester 8
MAJOR AREAFM 422 - Merchandising Strategies3
LIBERAL ARTSchoice - see Requirements*: Liberal Arts Elective(s)6
PL 300 - Business Ethics3
ELECTIVESchoice - see Requirement*: Major/Related Area Elective(s)/Internship3
 Total Credits: 62

*Fall 2021 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts: 36 credits

Liberal Arts Elective(s): 6 credits. Select two (2) courses from Liberal Arts courses from the following subject areas: AB (Arabic); CH (Chinese); EN (English); FI (Film and Media Studies); FR (French); HA (History of Art); HE (Health Education) 201, 301IT (Italian); JA (Japanese); MU (Music); HI (History); MA (Math); MC (Modern Languages and Cultures); PE (Physical Education and Dance) 215, 216217PL (Philosophy); PO (Portuguese); SC (Science); SP (Spanish); and SS (Social Sciences). Click on a prefix for a listing of courses available in the subject area.

Major/Related Area Elective(s)/Internship: 12 credits. CHOICE of four electives, or three electives and one internship for 12 credits total: FM 300FM 322FM 324 FM 325 FM 328, FM 341FM 362 FM 363FM 423 FM 431FM 441  FM 492FM 499FM 303, or EP 311   

Internship: IC 497

Evening/Weekend Option:
A four-semester evening/weekend option is available for this degree program (see Curricula Overview or visit the FIT website at The sequence of courses is the same as that listed on this page.

NOTE: Students must have taken the following courses prior to entering the program: FM 114 and 244MG 153MA 222SS 141, and TS 111.

Upon graduating from the Fashion Business Management BS program, students will be skilled in the following:

  1. Business Fundamentals: Students will be able to make informed decisions utilizing current technology and business methodology to assess, analyze and solve current and predicted situations and opportunities connected to Fashion Business Management.
  2. Communication: Students will be able to effectively express judgements, and propose and support innovative   business decisions through coherent written and verbal skills, utilizing the proper industry terminology.
  3. Globalism:  Students will have the ability to assess markets, make buys, manage production, communicate business needs and identify changing supply chain scenarios in a global workplace environment.
  4.  Technology: Students will combine innovative thinking and technological competence to develop, assess and present business information using various sources including the Internet, secondary databases and other tools as well as proficiency in specific computer skills such as Microsoft Excel.
  5. Research and Critical Thinking: Through innovative and resourceful research of primary, secondary and tertiary data, students will be able to evaluate and process information gathered to arrive at decisions which are both sound and creative and which demonstrate analytical thought. 
  6. Product Commercialization: Students will demonstrate in depth knowledge of the functions of product development, the merchandising of a line, the merchandising of a department, and the supporting marketing mechanisms.
  7. Retailing/ Wholesaling: Students will gain knowledge of the mechanics required for interaction between the wholesale and retail parts of the business and will be able to interact professionally with retail and wholesale executives to solidify that knowledge and make career choices.