Fashion Merchandising

Fashion Merchandising concentrates on the planning, procurement, and promotion aspects of the fashion business. Students learn to research target markets, analyze business results and develop strategies that effectively meet the needs of consumers in the international market. 

The mission of the Fashion Merchandising and Design Program is to offer programs of study to develop professionals in apparel design, product development, production, and merchandising. Instruction, research, and service are combined to meet individual, family, and international community textile and apparel needs.


A program highlight is the annual Spring Fashion Show, Campus Couture, coordinated by the merchandising students and featuring over 100 designs created by the design students, this show is always a hit. Attracting industry professionals, professors, CSULB students, and guests, the show serves as a network for future career opportunities for students.

The Fashion Merchandising or Fashion Design degree prepares students for a career as a:

  • Retail Buyer
  • Manufacturer’s Representative
  • Product Designer / Pattern Maker
  • Store Operations Manager
  • Stylist / Fashion Coordinator / Fashion Director
  • Textiles Testing & Evaluation Specialist
  • Fashion Product Developer
  • Costumer
  • Visual Display Manager / Merchandiser

FMD offers several opportunities for students to learn about the international fashion industry outside of the classroom.


In each course, seminars are held in a variety of apparel manufacturers, retailers, textile design companies, and apparel design businesses. In addition, students visit museums and other culturally unique sites. Minors are also offered.

Eighteen units including FMD 155, 252, 455, and 457; 6 units including at least 6 upper division units, selected from FMD 251, 253, 351, 355, 492E as approved by a Fashion Merchandising and Design faculty advisor. The student is responsible to adhere to all prerequisites listed below. Several prerequisites fulfill general education requirements.

Prerequisites for FMD 351: FMD 258 and FCSE 296.

Prerequisites for FMD 355: ELM passage, ACCT 201; FMD 155, 258; and IS 233, or consent of instructor.

Prerequisites for FMD 455: FMD 351, 355; MKTG 300, senior standing or, consent of instructor.

Prerequisites for FMD 457: ECON 100 and 101 or 300 (fulfills G.E. Category D2b) and FMD 353, senior standing, or consent of instructor.

Prerequisites for FMD 492E: FMD 451, 455 or 457. 

Choose an advising sheet according to the year you declared Fashion Merchandising as your minor:

2023-2024 (PDF)
2022-2023 (PDF)
2021-2022 (PDF)
2020-2021 (PDF)
2019-2020 (PDF)
2018-2019 (PDF)

Mentors go by your last name :
Letter of Your Last Name Mentor
A-M Dr. Mariné Aghekyan
N-Z Dr. Suzanne Marshall


Fashion Merchandising offers internships (FMD 492)


Suzanne Marshall
Suzanne Marshall, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
Area Coordinator 
Fashion Merchandising and Design
Courses: Paris Study Abroad, New York Fashion Study Tour, Fashion Promotion and Sales, Fashion Merchandising & Design Practicum
Internship in Fashion Merchandising & Design
Interests: travel, networking, decorating 
Other: Lead author: Individuality in Clothing Selection and Personal Appearance
Marie Botkin
Marie Botkin, Ph.D. 
Rank: Associate Professor 
Courses: FMD 353 Intermediate Textiles, FMD 450 Cultural Perspectives of Dress, FMD 456 Historical Perspectives of Fashion
Service: SIF Student Club Advisor; FCS Library Representative
Research Interests: Sustainability and Historical Fashion
Young Ha Headshot
Dr. Young Ha
Courses: Teaches upper division Fashion Merchandising courses including Fashion Buying and Fashion Customer Behavior.
Research Interests: Current research interest focuses on how new technology influences mobile/online shopping behaviors, consumer online socialization, and student learning through online interactivity.


Jung Mee Mun
Jung Mee Mun, Ph. D.
Associate Professor,
Fashion Merchandising and Design
FMD255 Fashion Industry Ethics and Social Responsibility
FMD356 Fashion Retail Management
Research Interests: Sustainability, Technology and Consumer Behavior
Hobbies: Travel, Painting, Playing Guitar
Tae Im Han
Tae Im Han, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Fashion Merchandising and Design
Courses: FMD 350 Fashion Forecasting, FMD 358 E-Commerce & Social Media in Fashion
Research Interests: Socially Responsible Consumer Behavior, Social Media Marketing in Fashion Industry, Cross-Cultural Consumer Behavior, Body Image
Interests: Travel, Classical Music
Nubia Arribeno
Nubia Natalie Arribeno, MBA
Lecturer, Fashion Merchandising & Design 
Courses: FMD 251: Fashion Strategies for Consumers
FMD 252: Analysis Evaluation Ready-to-Wear
FMD 253: Introduction to Textiles FMD 258: Fashion Merchandising and Design Practicum
Research Interest: Entrepreneurship; Latinos in fashion 
Other: Founder and Designer of Nubia Natalie, an eco-friendly active wear fashion. 
Nichole Dwyer 2
Nichole Dwyer 
Adjunct Lecturer
Courses: FMD 253, FMD 458
Research interests: Merchandising, Business, Supply Chain
Other interests: Involved with FGILA, CFA, and regularly attend MAGIC and other industry field related events. Hobbies: cooking and traveling


Jessica Hansen
Jessica Champagne Hansen, MFA
Lecturer, Fashion Design
Courses: Quick Sketch for Fashion, Apparel Tailoring, Apparel Draping, Experimental Apparel Design, Advanced Computer Applications for Fashion
Interests: Costume Design for Entertainment
Other: Co-Author of Navigating a Career in Technical Entertainment: Your Creative Career Guidebook
Jacquelyn Morell
Jacquelyn Morell (MA Fashion Merchandising)
Lecturer: Fashion Merchandising
Courses: Introduction to Fashion, Fashion Promotion and Sales, The Fashion Customer, Fashion Merchandising and Design Practicum 
Fashion Interests: Consumer Behavior, Marketing, Sustainability, Sales and Promotion
Hobbies: Travel, Hiking, Bird Watching, Hanging out with my Olde English Pocket Beagle Lemon