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Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design
Areas of Emphasis: Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Design
Pathways: Visual and Performing Arts, Business and Communications

Fashion is one of the most dynamic, globally integrated and culturally significant industries in the world. Peer behind the gloss and glamour to discover how design concepts come to life – and then are marketed to consumers.

Academics

Fall
  • FDM 110 Introduction to Fashion Business Exclamation Point
    3
  • MATH 126A College Algebra 5-Day Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ARHS 101 Landmarks of World Art or
    ARHS 120 Survey of Art History 1
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
13
Spring
  • FDM 130 Design Concepts of Dress Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 140 Introduction to Textiles Exclamation Point
    3
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ARHS 160 Survey of Art History 2 or
    ARHS 101 Landmarks of World Art
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Fall
  • FDM 110 Introduction to Fashion Business Exclamation Point
    3
  • MATH 126A College Algebra 5-Day Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology Exclamation Point
    3
  • WVUE 191 First Year Seminar
    1
13
Spring
  • FDM 130 Design Concepts of Dress Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 140 Introduction to Textiles Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ARHS 101 Landmarks of World Art or
    ARHS 160 Survey of Art History 2
  • PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • New international students: Find a mentor who is an upperclassman
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Participate in Adventure WV's Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Re-orientation (SOAR) program

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Make something at the WVU Craft Center
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend Monday Night Lights
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Make a friend from another country
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Exercise daily
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 1
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team
  • Determine your top five values at a Value Sort Workshop

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Attend a resume writing class
  • Take a writing or communications class
  • Attend a career fair

Academics

Fall
  • FDM 220 Fashion, the Body, and Culture Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 230 Apparel Production and Fit Exclamation Point
    3
  • CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking Exclamation Point
    3
  • Select one of the following courses:
    3
    ART 111 Drawing 1 or
    ART 112 Drawing 2 or
    ART 121 Visual Foundations 1 or
    ART 122 Visual Foundations 2
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
15
Spring
  • FDM 250 Flat Pattern Design
    3
  • FDM 251 Applied History of Fashion and Dress
    3
  • FDM 260 Visual Merchandising Exclamation Point
    3
  • SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
15
Fall
  • FDM 220 Fashion, the Body, and Culture Exclamation Point
    3
  • ADV 215 Principles of Advertising Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • CSAD 270 Effective Public Speaking Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
15
Spring
  • FDM 251 Applied History of Fashion and Dress
    3
  • FDM 260 Visual Merchandising Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 293 Special Topics
    1-6
  • Minor Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
13
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Go on one of the break trips through the Outdoor Rec Center
  • Visit the Outdoor Education Center and participate in a Challenge Course or Canopy Tour
  • Attend a professional performance at the CAC
  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Explore community service opportunities in Greek Life
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu
  • Drop in to a meditation class in the Health and Education Building
  • Become a leadWELL Mentor
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Continue involvement with your club sport or intramural team or try a new one

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)

Academics

Fall
  • FDM 330 Fashion Design and Illustration Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 360 Fashion Merchandising Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 393 Special Topics
    1-6
  • ENGL 304 Business and Professional Writing
    3
  • Elective
    3
13
Spring
  • FDM 350 Draping Exclamation Point
    3
  • ADV 215 Principles of Advertising Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • Electives
    4
14
Summer
  • FDM 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
Fall
  • FDM 360 Fashion Merchandising Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 470 Global Issues and Fashion
    3
  • ENGL 304 Business and Professional Writing
    3
  • PSYC 251 Introduction to Social Psychology Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
15
Spring
  • FDM 361 Merchandise Planning and Control Exclamation Point
    3
  • Minor Course
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • Electives
    4
14
Summer
  • FDM 491 Professional Field Experience
    1-18
1
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This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Become a tutor or mentor in your major
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Attend dinner presentations at the Faculty Dinner Series
  • Engage in undergraduate research
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a Ring Day ceremony (where you will receive your WVU class ring)
  • Visit the WVU Farm
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Visit the Core Arboretum

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Complete a financial management skill development opportunity in student organizations
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Exercise daily
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Become a Student Wellness Ambassador Leader
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Attend a career fair
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Submit your resume to Career Services

Academics

Fall
  • FDM 210 Fashion and Dress Through History Exclamation Point
    3
  • FDM 430 Fashion Design Portfolio
    3
  • Restricted Elective
    3
  • Electives
    6
15
Spring
  • FDM 235 Product Development Exclamation Point
    3
  • Restricted Elective
    3
  • Electives
    6
12
Fall
  • FDM 493 Special Topics
    1-6
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Electives
    9
13
Spring
  • FDM 493 Special Topics
    1-6
  • Minor Course
    3
  • Electives
    6
10
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Sign up for graduation
  • Attend the Graduation One-Stop Shop
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • International students: Participate in international social events
  • Sit in the Senior Spirit Section (Section 121) at the home football games
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Register with the WVU Alumni Association
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Join a student organization
  • Explore community service opportunities in student organizations
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Complete a WELLGO calendar (wellgo.wvu.edu)
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST
  • Join an intramural team
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Become a Well-being Coach for your peers

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a career fair
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Sign up for an interview

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