by Antonia D’Amato
St. Francis College is trying to gauge if there is enough interest among students for the introduction a Fashion and Retail Management minor.
For the month of March, there will be a table in the cafeteria during activity period where students will be able to fill out a simple survey to help measure the interest.
“This minor helps you prepare for many jobs in the fashion retail sector including buyer, planner, merchandiser, product manager, and more,” reads the survey flyer.
“These positions are the business end of fashion and have direct impact on which consumer goods, beauty items, apparel, accessories, home décor are developed and sold in stores and online.”
The minor would consist of five total courses: Introduction to Fashion Retail Management, Merchandising, and Buying and Planning will be the three required courses.
Two courses can be selected from an optional list which include Global Business, Product Development and Sourcing, Branding, and Production and Operations.
All fashion courses would be taught by instructors with significant fashion and/or retail industry experience.
Professor Eda Sanchez-Persampieri of the department of management and information technology said: “During my time at SFC, I have found students are very interested in learning about the fashion industry and many students dream about working within the fashion industry or want to launch their own brands.”
Professor Sanchez-Persampieri has had 20 years of apparel industry experience in the areas of buying, product development and sourcing.
The idea was brought about by a few students during the student-run spring fashion show.
“Many students inquired about fashion-centric courses and because of these inquiries the SFC management department decided to offer the course MKT3316 Merchandising in Spring 2018 … the Spring 2018 section closed out within the first two days of registration and the Spring 2019 section closed out quickly,” added Professor Eda Sanchez-Persampieri.
Other colleges and universities such as NYU and Pace have launched undergraduate minors programs focusing on fashion and the retail industry due to student demand.
If the survey shows that enough students are interested in pursuing this type of minor, an application will be submitted to the SFC curriculum committee for approval.