The Department of Fashion/Family and Consumer Sciences has prepared professionals in the field for the past 75 years. An experienced faculty together with a network of Immaculata University graduates provide educational experiences both in the classroom and in the work environment.
Fashion Merchandising is a diverse field offering a variety of opportunities along with many different career paths. The potential for advancement is great for students who are creative, intelligent, highly motivated, and eager to succeed. Immaculata University seeks to provide students with a background in fashion, business and liberal arts.
Businesses in the surrounding communities support the program by employing students, affording them opportunities to obtain first-hand experience. Fashion Merchandising students complete two field experiences, one during their junior year and the second during their senior year. Students complete 180 hours of practical work experience and two courses (FMD 337 and FMD 338). Recent field experience placements include Bouche' Productions, Dorfman-Pacific Showroom in New York City, Macy's.com, QVC, JC Penney, Showroom Seven, GAP, Anthropologie, Posh and Nordstrom.
For more information about the program, please contact Christine Baeza, director of fashion merchandising.
Family and Consumer Sciences
The demand for family and consumer sciences teachers is greater than the supply of undergraduates prepared to enter the field. The country faces a challenge because of the decline in professionals entering the field, early retirements, and the increase in the number of required classes, especially in the state of Pennsylvania. Immaculata is one of the few schools offering this program.
Immaculata's program offers courses in consumer economics, nutrition, foods, clothing and textiles, human development, personal and family resource management, and interior design. Students also take courses necessary to apply for teacher certification.
For more information about the Family and Consumer Sciences program, please contact Sister Denise Mollica, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences.