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Quick Facts

  • Delivery: on campus
  • Credits: 60

Ball State’s Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Industry Studies prepares you to enter a variety of career paths within fashion through hands-on application and foundational knowledge. Your creative and practical experience, gained through course work, seminars, study abroad trips, and required internship will allow you to apply theory and practice as you engage in a variety of projects. 

Major Requirements

As a Fashion Industry Studies major, you will combine classes from the University Core Curriculum with a unique set of courses that will prepare you for a variety of challenging careers in the apparel industry.

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Mary Beeman Historic Costume Collection

Fashion Industry Studies majors have access to the Mary Beeman Historic Costume Collection housed in the Department of Applied Business Studies, which contains over 4,000 pieces of men’s and women’s apparel dating back to the 18th century. A subset of the Beeman Historic Costume Collection are available to view in the library’s Digital Media Repository.


Total: 60

  • University Core Curriculum
  • General electives to round your major

Classes You Will Take 

  • Apparel Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Construction Techniques for the Apparel Industry
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Textiles and Product Analysis for Apparel

View Degree Plan (PDF)

For a complete list of all courses and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

View  Course Catalog

College Scholarships

About four of every five students receive some kind of merit- or need-based assistance with their tuition and fees. On top of the dozens of options our University offers its students, Miller College of Business gives several awards every year to its own students. Learn more.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Fashion Industry Studies?

Graduates from our program find many opportunities for rewarding careers in the global fashion marketplace. Common job titles include:

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  • Stylist
  • Buyer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Fashion forecaster
  • Product developer
  • Pattern maker
  • Sample maker
  • Fashion consultant

Fashion at Ball State

The Fashion Industry Studies major is well represented through Ball State’s online magazine, Ball Bearings. Here are just a few articles about fashion at the University.

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Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about our fashion industry studies bachelor's degree, complete our online form. Or one of the best ways to get a true feel for Ball State is to see it for yourself, so schedule a visit today! And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.

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