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Fashion Studies, Bachelor of Science

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120 Credits
College of Professional Studies
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus


To hear “fashion” immediately creates exciting images in one’s mind – images of garments that transform the individuals that make and that wear them, colorful reflections of fascinating diverse world cultures, and celebrities from all walks of life working with designers, journalists, photographers, videographers. The business, marketing, blogging, and finance people who enable the fashion industry increasingly capture our attention and imagination.  The Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Fashion Studies at St. John’s University prepares students to enter careers in the exciting global fashion industry.  Fashion today represents employment and opportunity to many people around the world.  The Fashion Studies major particularly examines the business and ethical aspects of this industry. The College of Professional Studies is also the home of the Fashion Studies Institute of the University.  The institute supports the major by hosting special guests and programs in Fashion Business and related areas.  The College offers a minor program of study in Fashion too.  Students at St. John’s University are interested in Fashion Studies; many intern for New York designers and volunteer during the New York Fashion Weeks.  The University’s global campuses extend opportunities for students to intern in Italy, France or Spain.

The Fashion Industry offers students a view into great wealth and great poverty around the world.Fashion Studies majors will examine the what makes the Fashion industry work; they will look at its history, an overview of design, and business aspects and practices of the industry, including the entrepreneurial aspects, outsourcing and product supply chain management, branding, sustainability, fair trade, trendsetting, buying, and more.St. John’s is one of the largest Catholic universities in the world and will encourage students to apply St. John’s unique mission and Christian ethical perspective to their analysis of industry practices in research and seminar courses.  In this way, students will be able to lend their support to cutting edge global movements to generate greater social awareness and change to improve working conditions for those who support fashion globally.

This sophisticated program in Fashion Studies allows students to tailor part of their programs to their personal interests by adding courses they choose in art, public relations, advertising, media, journalism, chemistry, environmental studies, analytics, and so much more from the University’s hundreds of courses.

Fashion is a growing billion dollar industry.Students who graduate from the B.S. program in Fashion Studies will be well prepared to assume professional positions to contribute to the growth, performance and betterment of the Fashion world.

Department Faculty

Contact Information

Almerinda Forte, Ph.D., Chair
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Licari, Andrea, D.P.S., Fashion Studies Institute Director
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Admission Office - Queens Campus
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Admission Office - Staten Island campus
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Career Outcomes

The B.S. in Fashion Studies prepares majors to regard the Fashion Industry as an exciting and rewarding industry to work within, for individual personal satisfaction and to help positively influence the lives of many who work in fashion globally.

The program will prepare students to:

  • Examine how the Fashion Industry operates and analyze how different talented professionals work together to support collections, shows, weeks, setting trends that affect customers tastes, preferences and purchases
  • Develop expertise in varied aspects of fashion, retail, on line, acquisition of talent, fashion law, accounting, finance and more
  • Research and be able to discuss the history of fashion, in the United States and western Europe
  • Understand the latest important trends in fashion today, inclusion of fashion designers in many countries outside of the US and western Europe;  Diversity, at home and globally; the intersection of entertainment with fashion;
  • Be aware of how and why fashion needs to be more ethical and responsible; the ethical obligations and social requirements that now impact fashion, including sustainability, fair trade, better conditions for workers at home and globally, and more.

Graduates will also be prepared for further study in law and fashion business fields.

Additional Information

Students majoring in Fashion Studies at St. John's benefit from faculty and alumni with extensive contacts in New York City's fashion industry. This alumni network provides outstanding internship and job placement opportunities, helping to prepare students for professional positions as fashion industry executives, professionals supporting fashion design processes or in many related business areas.

Students also gain an academic and professional edge by joining any of St. John's more than 180 student clubs and organizations. Clubs that may be of special interest to Fashion Studies majors include the Queens Campus fashion club, The Red House; the Staten Island Campus Fashion Club, Club Couture, and more, including:

  • Advertising Society
  • Communications Club
  • Management Club
  • Marketing Club
  • Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture
  • Communication Arts Film Society
  • St. John's University Television Club (WRED)
  •  WSJU-Radio
  • The Torch

Fashion Studies majors also may apply to a variety of honor societies, including The College of Professional Studies Honor Society, whose Members are recognized for academic excellence and demonstrable involvement in their churches and communities, and the St. John’s University President’s Society.

Of course, students also benefit from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources for which St. John's is widely known.

Facilities include labs in the College of Professional Studies complex at Queens in St. Augustine Hall; high-tech classrooms, up-to-date computer and science laboratories and a 1.7 million-volume University Library whose resources are available to students at both campuses. Our D'Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café.

Students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City and in the St. John’s global campuses. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students also make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

Program News

Staten Island
On Dec. 6, 2018, students interested in fashion at both the Queens and Staten Island Campuses “met together” using technology to host a “Meet and Greet” for new Fashion Professor Richard Bigger....

Program Events

January 21, 2019 10:00 amJanuary 23, 2019 9:00 pm
The 2019 TEXWORLD International Trade Show takes place January 21-23, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Center.Join Dr. Andrea Licari in meeting with Industry Professionals, view the latest in textiles and...