Fashion Studies Minor

The Fashion Studies Minor provides undergraduate students who are interested in fashion with the opportunity to gain knowledge about fashion product, theory, and industry-specific practices. Fashion is a major global industry with a broad range of career opportunities from business and design to engineering and chemistry.

Admission Requirements:

  • You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.
  • Students majoring in apparel design and/or retail merchandising are not eligible to complete this minor.

Program Requirements:

  • This minor requires a minimum of 15 credits.
  • All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and must be completed with a C- or better.
  • No more than one course may be transferred from outside the University of Minnesota to fulfill minor requirements.
  • Transfer coursework may be accepted for prerequisite courses upon review and is not included in the one-course limit.
  • Study abroad and transfer coursework must be approved by minor advisor.

Course Requirements:

Required Courses Credits
ADes 3217 Fashion: Trends and Communication (fall term only) 3
ADes 4121 History of Costume (spring term only) 4
RM 4212W Dress, Society, and Culture (Writing Intensive; fall term only) 3
     
Elective Courses (select two courses for 5-credit minimum)
ADes 2213 Textile Analysis (fall term only) 4
ADes 2214 Softlines Analysis (spring term only) 3
ADes 3196 Field Study: National or International 1-10
ADes 4218W Fashion, Design, and the Global Industry (fall term only) 3
RM 1201 Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption 3
RM 2215 Intro to Retail Merchandising 3

Application Process:

Apply online for the minor. The application should take just a couple of minutes.

Questions:

If you have questions about applying for this minor or if you have already been admitted to the minor and have advising questions, please email our peer advisor at desminor@umn.edu.