School of Business and Technology

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

This overseas academic program leads to the bachelor’s degree in Fashion Business Management. Students spend semesters 5 and 6 in Florence, and semesters 7 and 8 in New York. Students must complete IT 111 before attending FBM in Florence. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 5Credits
MAJOR AREAFlorence: 
FM 300 - Case Study Method: Fashion Business Applications3
FM 326 - Sustainability in Fashion Merchandising3
FM 361 - Leadership Development for Retailing3
LIBERAL ARTSHA 212 - Renaissance Art in Florence G73
IT 111 - Elementary Italian (taken prior to Semester 5)3
IT 112 - Italian II G83
SS 354 - Comparative Political Systems G93
Semester 6
MAJOR AREAFlorence: 
FM 363 - Corporate Social Responsibility3
FM 424 - Global Merchandising3
LIBERAL ARTSEN 245 - Intercultural Communication3
HA 205 - Italian Art in Context
  or IT 213 - Italian III
SS 242 - Microeconomics3
Semester 7
FM 330 - Data Insights and Fashion Analytics2
choice - *see Major/Related Area/Electives/Internship6
LIBERAL ARTSMA 321 - Data Analysis for Business Applications
  or MA 322 - Statistics, Machine Learning, and Data Mining
EN 321 - Strategies of Business Communication3
Semester 8
FM 422 - Merchandising Strategies3
LIBERAL ARTSMA 300 - The Mathematics of Financial Life Management
  or MA 311 - Mathematical Modeling for Business Applications
PL 300 - Business Ethics3
choice - see Economics*3
 Total Credits: 62

*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

Liberal Arts: 36 credits 

  • English & Speech: 6 credits. EN 245 and EN 321
  • Economics: 6 credits. SS 242 and CHOICE of SS 302, SS 339, SS 343SS 442, SS 443, SS 445 or SS 446 or any other 300- or 400-level Economics course 
  • Foreign Language: 6 credits. IT 111 (must be taken prior to travel) and IT 112. Note that IT 122 or IT 213 can be taken as an optional liberal arts elective (after completion of the foreign language 6-credit requirement). TOTAL Liberal Arts Credits and General Education Summary with IT 111 is 36.
  • Mathematics: 6 credits. Students must complete MA 222 prior to enrolling in CHOICE of MA 321 or MA 222 in the seventh semester. CHOICE of MA 300 or MA 311 in the eighth semester. 
  • Philosophy: 3 credits. PL 300
  • Other World Civilizations: 3 credits. SS 354, which meets General Education Other World Civilizations requirement (G9)

Liberal Arts Elective(s): 6 credits. HA 212 and (HA 205 or IT 213) 

Major/Related Area Elective(s)/Internship: 12 credits. FM 300, FM 363 and CHOICE of 2 courses:FM 303, FM 322, FM 324, FM 325, FM 328, FM 341, FM 362, FM 423, FM 431, FM 441, FM 492, FM 499 or EP 311

Internship: IC 497

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