Applied Humanities: Fashion Studies

Bachelor of Arts


Best Online Bachelor's Program in the Nation

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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College of Humanities

Program Details

Work towards a highly satisfying, creative and inspiring career in the world of fashion. In the BA in Applied Humanities: Fashion Studies, you will develop technical and philosophical knowledge, as well as practical skills in areas including fabric technology, visual communication techniques, consumer behavior and more. 

More than just seasonal trends, fashion is a cultural language, economic powerhouse and artistic force felt worldwide. Fashion and the humanities are highly interdisciplinary fields. Closely examining these fields gives students the skills necessary to engage ethical issues and sustainability, supply chain management practices, and sales analysis with a humanistic approach. Students will also gain a deeper understanding of the relationship between human culture and fashion. 

The BA in Applied Humanities teaches students cross-functional, creative, interpersonal, high-level skills and abilities critical for the global economy's future. This degree meets the demands of professional programs with a broader interdisciplinary perspective. This humanistic perspective offers a vital edge in rapidly changing professions.

The program involves a mandatory internship that can be completed remotely.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Courses in this emphasis include:

FITS 215: Mechanics of Fashion
FITS 204: Consumers, Fashion, and the Economy
FITS 333: Fashion Promotion
FITS 335: Fashion Forecasting and Research Trends
FITS 345: Science of Textiles
FITS 435: Society Culture and Fashion Relationships



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Humanities: Fashion Studies will build core skills, including:

  • Abstract and critical thinking
  • Analytical abilities­
  • Collaboration
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Flexibility
  • Innovation development
  • Intercultural competence
  • Leadership
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Oral communication
  • Organizational skills
  • Problem solving
  • Professionalism
  • Resource mobilization
  • Storytelling
  • Strategic planning
  • Written communication

Graduates of the Applied Humanities: Fashion Studies program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Design
  • Merchandising and buying
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Journalism and publishing
  • Production and management
  • Fashion technology and innovation