Fashion (Minor)

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With strong industry connections, excellent facilities and a world-class program of study, ASU's fashion program is one of the best in the nation.

The minor program in fashion offers grounding in the history, social context and economics of the contemporary fashion industry. Students also have the option of pursuing more focused classes designed to introduce them to a variety of roles in this important industry: fashion history, fashion industry business practices, and fashion production.

Among the subjects that may be related to students' majors are marketing and merchandising, costuming, wearable technology, sustainability, management and leadership, international experience, and fashion and culture. Due to the relationship of these subjects to a wide variety of disciplines taught at ASU, many students throughout the university may supplement their major with closely related fashion minor classes, creating a strong foundation for a variety of careers. Opportunities for study abroad could further advance students' professional goals.

Taught by well-known fashion industry professionals, students enrolled in the minor in fashion at ASU develop connections to leaders in the field.

At A Glance

Fashion (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Courses selected must satisfy the minimum requirement of 18 credit hours for the minor; nine of the credit hours must be upper-division (300 or 400-level) coursework.
Required Courses -- 9 credit hours
Notes: Please complete either FSH 201 or FSH 325 before enrolling in Contemporary Fashion (FSH 435).
Fashion and Related Studies Electives -- 6 credit hours
Upper Division Fashion Electives -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

Required Courses (6 credit hours)
FSH 125 Survey of the Fashion Industry (3)
FSH 201 Textiles Survey (3)

Required Fashion History (3 credit hours)
THE 430 History of Fashion I (3) OR
THE 431 History of Fashion II (3)

Fashion Electives (9 credit hours, of which at least 6 must be upper division)
ARA 489 Writing Art and Design Criticism (3)
ART 110 Drawing as Seeing and Thinking, HU (3)
FSH 194 Special Topics (3)
FSH 204 Social Aspects of Fashion (3)
FSH 280 Fashion Merchandising (3)
FSH 294 Special Topics (3)
FSH 300 Global Fashion Industry, G (3)
FSH 394 Special Topics (3)
FSH 484 Internship (3)
FSH 494 Special Topics (3)
HDA 311 Work and Careers in the Cultural and Creative Industries (3)
MKT 390 Essentials of Marketing (3)
MKT 391 Essentials of Selling (3)
MKT 395 Essentials of Advertising and Marketing Communication (3)
THE 430 History of Fashion I (3)
THE 431 History of Fashion II (3)

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.50

Incompatible Majors: BA in fashion

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide. A minor in fashion can help students as they pursue careers in fashion history, fashion industry business practices and fashion production.