Course descriptions

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Enrollment in courses numbered 300 or above requires at least junior standing

121. Fashion Fundamentals. 3 hrs. An introduction of fashion merchandising with an overview of the fashion production and merchandising system

222. Professional Presentations. 3 hrs. A study of technical presentations used in marketing and selling merchandise, apparel, textiles, home furnishings and accessories

330. Textiles. 3 hrs. A study of the textile industry, including production, properties, and performance of textile fibers, yarns, fabrics, finishes and textile products

331. Evaluating Fashion and Apparel. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: FM 330. A study designed to evaluate fashion and apparel merchandise in relation to cost, variety, quality, performance and consumer demand

332. Fashion Behavior: Appearance and Communication. 3 hrs. Experiences in perceiving visual design elements and social psychological factors as they relate to dress

335. Costume History. 3 hrs. Cultural and economic factors concurrent to the adoption and abandonment of dress from ancient times to the present

337. Fashion Promotion and Analysis. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: FM 121 and MKT 300. Exploration of motivations and influences of consumer purchase and use of apparel, accessories and home furnishings

421. International Fashion Study. 2-9 hrs. Planned study of international fashion centers with emphasis on clothing, textiles and merchandising; may be repeated up to nine hours

436. Fashion Merchandising. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: FM 121 and MKT 300. A study of the assignments, responsibilities and practices of fashion buying and merchandising including basic principles and applications of merchandising mathematics as related to the fashion industry

437. Apparel Product Development. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: FM 330. Understanding the development of apparel production and planning, including apparel industry terminology, technology, production methods and engineering quality

438. Entrepreneurship in Apparel and Interiors. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: FM 437 or permission of instructor. Analyzing business opportunities and planning processes in apparel and home furnishing industries

439. Retail Merchandising Internship. 2-4 hrs. Prerequisites: FM 337 and 436, BTE 380, MKT 300, and senior standing. Understanding the operation and management of retail activities through a supervised work program in a cooperating apparel retail store; to qualify, students must have a 2.40 GPA; approval must be obtained through application to the faculty coordinator prior to registering

478. Seminar in Fashion Merchandising. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Designed to examine pertinent issues and current trends in fashion merchandising

492. Special Problems. 1-6 hrs. A directed individual study planned and approved by the professor of record


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)