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Program Description

Merchandising is not about being a store clerk. It’s about the fascinating work that goes on behind the scenes with developing a product that will eventually meet the needs of the consumer.

Our Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Fashion, Merchandising concentration will prepare you for a host of careers including merchandisers, retail managers, fashion buyers, visual merchandisers, fashion show coordinators, stylists, fashion event planners, product managers, technical designers and product developers.

The Merchandising curriculum exposes students to the processes and procedures to merchandise apparel and related goods such as home furnishings and accessories. You will study retailing, merchandising and buying, while taking courses that develop your creativity, marketing sense and technical skills.

Stand Out in the Field

Centenary’s Merchandising program is unusual because it is a B.F.A. in Merchandising and not a Bachelor of Science (B.S.). Along with your business skills, you will develop your creative talents through learning:
  • How clothing is constructed.
  • The technical aspects of clothing design.
  • The properties of textiles.
  • How design elements relate to clothing design and visual displays.
  • How to create look books and display boards.

These additional skills help Centenary Merchandising students stand out in the workplace and take advantage of career advancement opportunities. Employers really like the set of skills our students bring to the workplace.


  • AFC 1001 Academic Foundations at Centenary I (4)
  • WRI 1001 Composition and Rhetoric I (4)
    WRI 1002 Composition and Rhetoric II
  • FAS 1000 Apparel Construction (4)
  • FAS 1001 Introduction to the Fashion Industry (4)
  • CAT II Mathematics (4)
    All MTH prefix courses except remedial and MTH1000
  • WRI 1002 Composition and Rhetoric II (4)
    WRI 2012 Advanced Composition
  • FAS 1010 Social Responsibility in the Global Fashion (CAT VI Core) (4)
  • VAR 1003 Design and Color Fundamentals (4)
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Fine Arts (4)
  • FAS 2010 Design Studio I – Flat Pattern (4)
  • FAS 2011 Textile Science (CAT. V Core) (4)
  • VAR 1000 Introduction to Computer Graphics (4)
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Rel.; Phil.; World Civ.; LAS (4)
  • CAT VI Democratic Citizenship (4)
  • CAT IV Social and Behavioral Science (4)
  • FAS 2009 Fashion Coordination and Promotion (4)
  • CAT III Arts and Humanities: Literature (4)
  • FAS 3001 Retailing (4)
  • FAS 3003 Visual Merchandising (4)
  • FAS 3005 History of Costume (4)
  • FAS 3008 Consumer Goods for the Home (4)
  • FAS 3012 Visual Retailing 2
  • FAS 3015 Fashion Graphics 2
  • FAS 3020 Computer Applications in Fashion (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • FAS 4001 Fashion Buying (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • FAS 4005 Social and Psychological Aspects of Clothing (4)
  • FAS 4014 Fashion Merchandising: Portfolio Development 2
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (4)
  • ELECTIVE Elective (2)


1. To earn a Bachelor degree, all graduates must successfully complete a minimum of 128 credit hours.
2. Minimum of 32 credits must be taken at Centenary University.
3. All graduates must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above.
4. All graduates must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA in their major(s).
5. Courses that are special topic listed in the title, typically ending with a 99, are repeatable. Courses are counted multiple times and do not replace grades of the previous special topic course.
6. Credits can only be shared between the core and the major or core and minor requirements. Shared credits within the core requirements is not allowed.

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