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HBCUs with Fashion Merchandising programs?

As someone who's always been into the business side of fashion, I'm on the hunt for HBCUs with awesome Fashion Merchandising programs. How do I find schools that offer this program, and what should I be looking for in terms of curriculum and career prep? Would love to hear from students who are currently in or graduated from these programs!

7 months ago

Hey there! It's fantastic that you've got such a clear vision for your career in the business side of fashion. While you might have a hard time finding a program in Fashion Merchandising in particular, as that's quite a niche field, there are plenty of options out there for you with related offerings.

I'd recommend starting with Howard University, which not only offers a B.A. in Fashion Design but also has components that focus on merchandising. Another strong contender is North Carolina A&T State University, which has a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion, with an emphasis on merchandising and design.

When you're exploring programs, pay special attention to the curriculum to ensure that it covers a range of topics like textile science, branding, retail management, and consumer behavior. Also, look out for programs that offer internships or work-study opportunities, which are vital for gaining hands-on experience.

Finally, one aspect that's often underrated is the alumni network—attending a school with alums who are invested in current students' success can mean a lot of doors opening for you down the line.

Don't hesitate to reach out to the admissions offices of these HBCUs and ask if there are any alums or current students in the fashion merchandising program you can talk to. These conversations will give you a more concrete feel of what to expect and how well the program aligns with your career goals.

Good luck with your search!

7 months ago

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