Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Merchandising

Major: Merchandising Concentration Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap: Merchandising Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

ADM Handout (SRC pdf)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? With a concentration of Apparel Design or Apparel Merchandising within the Apparel Design and Merchandising (ADM) major, students are able to focus more specifically on their area of interest within the major.
When should I first meet with my major department? We would suggest for first year students meet with Academic Counselors from the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) in ADM 211.  Students declared as an ADM major should meet with their advisor each semester.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Meeting with a major advisor is typically mandatory for all students.  Students declared as an ADM major are assigned alphabetically to an ADM faculty advisor. The best method of contact is email, it is highly encouraged to contact assigned faculty advisor at the start of their first semester to request an appointment in order to start an advising folder.
Where can I find information about major advising? On our department website, under the "Advising" link on the Student Resources tab.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? Students may register for courses without meeting with an advisor. However, we do have an advising process and ask that all upper-division/transfer students meet with a faculty advisor to develop an advising folder which includes a semester by semester course plan. First year students we ask to meet with Academic Counselors at the UAC in ADM 211 as they are knowledgeable regarding program prerequisites/requirements.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? If a course is full, the student should attend the first several days of the class as drops and adds will occur.
Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? This degree has 2 concentrations: 1) Apparel Design and 2) Apparel Merchandising.  The prerequisites and core classes are the same and are required by both concentrations.  There are also particular courses for each concentration which can be found on the bulletin.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?

Given all prerequisite classes (College level drawing or fashion illustration class/ART 231, ADM 260, ECON 101, ECON 102, ID 240, PSY 200) are completed, Merchandising concentration students should take:

(1) ADM 360GW and/or

(2) ADM 365 and/or

(3) Major electives, and/or 

(4) Upper division general education (GE) course (UDB, UDC, UDD with SF State Studies).

Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

ADM 360GW Prerequisite: Must be declared Apparel Design and Merchandising major, and completed GE Area A2.

ADM 365 Prerequisite: Must be declared Apparel Design and Merchandising major.

Major electives Prerequisite: Prerequisite(s) vary, please consult the course description of each course to make sure prerequisite(s) have been met before enrolling in elective. 

Upper division GE courses (UDB, UDC, UDD) Prerequisites: 60 units completed and successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 or consent of the instructor.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?

Yes, prerequisites are enforced in the enrollment system. If prerequisites were taken at a school not listed on, students should meet with major advisor to determine course equivalency.

If prerequisite is indeed fulfilled, but a student is still having enrollment challenges, the student should contact the Professor and request an add code.  

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? No.

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

As a first time freshman, enroll into:

(1) College level drawing or fashion illustration class/ART 231, ​and/or

(2) ECON 101 (meets GE Area D1), and/or

(3) Lower division GE Area A-D, except GE Area C1 (Note: Area C1 will be fulfilled with ID 240, a required course taken during 3rd semester).

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?

Yes.  Earning a 3 or higher on AP Studio Art: Drawing will satisfy the college level drawing requirement. 

Earning a 3 or higher on AP Macroeconomics will satisfy the ECON 102.

Earning a 3 or higher on AP Microeconomics will satisfy the ECON 101.

Earning a 3 or higher on AP Psychology will satisfy the PSY 200.