Few areas of employment offer a better outlook for trained personnel. Students will find career opportunities in the areas of fashion merchandising, sales promotion, retail advertising, and supportive retail service. Graduates may find work in department stores, specialty shops, discount stores, as a retailing executive, an assistant buyer, an assistant department manager, an executive trainee, an advertising assistant, or an assistant fashion coordinator.
Can students who major in Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management transfer to a four-year college or university? Many colleges and universities will apply the courses taken towards a bachelor's degree. Students should meet with an academic advisor for appropriate planning.
What will students learn by studying Fashion Merchandising and Retail Management? They acquire knowledge in areas of general education, business, retailing and fashion. Students apply classroom theory to on-the-job situations through a cooperative education work experience or internships. Classes prepare them for actual situations in retailing through multimedia instruction and a fully equipped retail laboratory offers students realistic preparation.
Are there any requirements before taking courses in my major? Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course.
How long will it take to complete this degree? Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.
Note: Not all FMR courses are offered every semester both day and evening. Please call the department chair at 732.906.2594 to discuss course offerings for future semesters.