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The following are the required courses for this major. Students who attend Orientation and meet with the Education Department can obtain personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.


Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree in Beauty Marketing & Product Development, Digital Marketing*, or Merchandising & Marketing* from FIDM, or an Associate's degree in a related field from another accredited college or university. Additional requirements may apply.

* These A.A. majors require a customized advisement sheet that incorporates key foundational courses.

One-on-one advisement is available to students from other FIDM Majors to consider eligibility for special admissions to this program. Contact the appropriate department chairperson.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

BUMT 4100
Small Business Management+
A study of how small businesses can manage the unique challenges they face and how they can achieve and maintain a competitive advantage, this course involves feasibility analysis and addresses issues of small business ownership and management, strategic planning, financial planning, marketing for competitive advantage, the economics of pricing, and break-even analysis. Prerequisite: BUMT 4200 or BUMT 4230
BUMT 4110
Micro & Macro Economics+
Microeconomics introduces economic analysis of individual, business, and industry choices in the market economy. Topics include price mechanism, supply and demand, optimizing economic behavior, costs and revenue, market structures, factor markets, income distribution, market failure, and government intervention.

Macroeconomics introduces economic analysis of aggregate employment, income, and prices. Topics include major schools of economic thought; aggregate supply and demand; economic measures, fluctuations, and growth; money and banking; stabilization techniques; and international trade. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate national economic components, conditions, and alternatives for achieving socioeconomic goals.
BUMT 4130
Financial Literacy+
Students will develop an understanding of the role of financial management in the strategic planning process, and demonstrate an understanding of financial statements through financial ratio analysis. They will examine cash flow management techniques and their application to financial planning and Analyze financial risk and return fundamentals, and develop an understanding of capital budgeting techniques and valuation.
BUMT 4250
Supply Chain Management+
In this course, students acquire a basic overview of the legal import and export strategies, structures and responsibilities of being in business, with emphasis on principles and practical applications of contract negotiations, business activity, and commercial liability. Prerequisite: BUMT 3720
BUMT 4300
Global Management Strategies+
A study of techniques of analyzing and responding to the social, ethical, and political challenges that face managers, this course promotes an understanding of global trends in international political policies, risk management, conflict resolution, tariffs, and issues of nationalism. Students analyze legal issues and risks in international business, including trade policy, taxation policy, government intervention, monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, banking policy, wage and price controls, property rights, and regulatory attitudes. Ethics and social responsibilities in international management are also studied. Prerequisites: BUMT 3720 or BUMT 4460A
BUMT 4840
Studies in Leadership+
Students explore leadership theories, the characteristics that define effective leaders, and develop the ability to navigate corporate culture as a follower and as a leader. They explore the processes whereby an individual empowers or influences a group of people for the purpose of achieving a (common) goal. They analyze the characteristics of leadership vs. management, and develop an awareness of how diversity impacts leadership.
BUMT 4910
Creativity in Business+
This course explores all of the elements that are necessary to succeed in a business venture. An advanced overview focusing on the business plan, the organization and support team, the marketing plan, process management, cash planning and working capital management, quality, service and ethics, and growth strategies. Prerequisites: BUMT 4100
COSM 3050
Influencing Beauty Consumer Behavior
Students examine the sociological and psychological factors affecting consumer behavior. They look at the process of creating consumer demand for beauty products and the decision-making processes of buyers, both individually and in groups. They study how marketers and product developers can influence decision-making and endeavors to understand the dynamics of emerging technologies and neuromarketing on consumer preferences and perceived needs.
COSM 3250
Beauty: Purchasing & Planning
This class provides a thorough explanation of domestic and international sourcing, contract packaging, production, and distribution management strategies for new and existing products in the beauty industry. Students gain practical understanding of the interrelationships between purchasing, vendor selection, sources of supply, and technology. Focus is on profit maximization techniques, vendor negotiations, lead time management, and forecasting.
COSM 3360
Beauty: Luxury Brand Development
Students explore the history, consumer psychology, and strategic brand management considerations particular to the luxury market. They learn the nuances of the affluent consumer and how to develop and successfully manage marketing, distribution and development of a luxury brand or product in a way that aligns with the high expectations of a luxury brands unique vision and strategy. Students will understand the fundamentals of building a luxury brand in todays evolving marketplace based on best practices, case studies and proprietary methodologies to leading and shaping a luxury business model.
COSM 3420
Beauty: Business Management & Finance
This course is an introduction to the concepts of financial analysis, including understanding and preparing balance sheets and income statements, with a focus on the needs of the financial manager or entrepreneur. Students are exposed to financial reporting, analysis of Annual Reports, accounting information systems, corporate income statements, and using accounting information and financial statements to assess financial performance. Students obtain knowledge in budgeting and variance analysis.
COSM 3450
Merchandising in the Beauty Environment
This course teaches students to conceptualize and develop retail merchandising fixtures for the beauty industry. Students evaluate product assortment and planograms using strategy, branding, profitability analysis and cost structures of fixtures in multiple retail channels from mass to prestige environments. Class structure includes in-store studies as well as creative implementation of merchandising concepts, theories, store and brand image, and target market analysis.
COSM 3600
Product Innovation
Students learn the product development process from idea generation to consumer adoption through the use of case studies.
COSM 3660
Beauty: Regulatory Affairs & Import/Export Strategies
This course presents an introduction to the field of regulatory affairs and to the laws and regulations governing the development, sales, and marketing of beauty products. Students learn how to maintain compliance with US and international regulations and to formulate a global regulatory strategy for product development. In addition, students acquire an understanding of the legal import and export strategies, structures, and responsibilities involved in being a global business.
COSM 3820
Beauty Industry Market Research
This capstone course is the culmination of the skills developed in the Beauty Industry program. The special project nature of the course requires students to apply their understanding of trends, market research, consumer behavior, branding, marketing, social media, product development and management to produce real industry projects assigned by major beauty brands. It incorporates a travel component so students gain exposure to senior executives and hone their professional presentation skills.
COSM 3850
Beauty: Sales, Negotiation & Conflict Management
This course provides an overview of the role of the sales function within the beauty industry. It covers the complexities of management of sales and distribution channels, issues in account management, and personal selling techniques. Students learn negotiation strategies and styles, and the importance of conflict resolution. In addition to class exercises, students practice negotiating in a range of business environments, including difficult situations.
COSM 3950
Through on-the-job training, students gain valuable insight as they apply theory and skills learned in the classroom to actual work situations and explore career options in the beauty industry.
COSM 4100
Beauty Market Influences
In this course, students learn how to use market trend analyses, industry data, and economic reports to recognize consistent trends or results. These results are used to map business strategy and determine moves that could have a direct impact on overall business performance.
GNST 2370
Applied Statistics+
This course emphasizes the understanding and application of statistical methodology. Major topics include descriptive statistics, probability, sampling, inferences of sampling, means and proportions,measures of central tendency, correlation, regression,hypothesis testing, and methods for displaying,describing, and producing data. Technology applications facilitate in-class activities.
GNST 3050
Writing for Business Professionals+
This course explores the principles and strategies of effective written professional communication in the context of the global workplace, current and emerging technologies, and contemporary issues. Students apply sound communication, analysis, and research techniques to the composition of a professional bio, memos, formal reports, and other forms of business communication. The connection between skillful communication, critical thinking, and decision-making is also stressed.
GNST 3350
Students explore the importance of plants in the ecosystem, the origins of plants and plant products and their role in everyday life. By studying plant structure, function, reproduction, and life cycles, students gain an understanding for how plants contribute to the ecological community and the social, economic, and environmental importance of plants in our lives.
GNST 3350L
Botany Lab
Hands-on lab observations and experiments illustrating basic principles of plant biology.
GNST 3800
Icons of Culture: The Context of Meaning
Students explore universal design concepts underlying the applied arts, the decorative arts, and architecture/architectural form. Using the language of aesthetic analysis, they relate formal elements of color and structure, pattern and motif, and icon and symbol to the origins, development, and diffusion of a wide range of designed objects from many cultures and historical periods. In the process, they gain insight into the durability, adaptability, and resonance of concepts and images that have achieved iconic status in the world of design.
GNST 3900
Issues in Contemporary Society+
A General Studies capstone course addressing current issues in social diversity, globalization, business ethics, and civic responsibility. Students combine critical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological skill to research and prepare a clear written and oral presentation on a challenging, advanced question of their own choosing.
GRPH 2230
UX Design
This course offers a practical introduction to UX (user experience) design emphasizing the importance of research in the design process. Inspired by this research, students develop solutions for a variety of applications centered around a specific set of users. Wire-framing is used to illustrate design concepts and students learn how to create a clickable prototype.
SMED 2850
Marketing Analytics
This practical class looks at the application of data science to solve marketing problems. Students will learn to parse both big data and internal analytics to understand how to use both to improve KPI reporting, demonstrate return on investment and create effective marketing campaigns. The objective of this course is to understand the relationship of analytics to decision making and how to tell the story the who, what, how and why of the data. Prerequisite: MRCH 1950
SMED 3100
Mobile Application Marketing
n this course students explore the global trend of mobile marketing and applications. Students research current mobile programs using case studies and trend analysis to understand how to create and implement a successful mobile marketing application that creates customer engagement and revenue. Prerequisite: GRPH 2230
SMED 3300
Search Engine Optimization and Analysis
Students learn the importance of using search engine optimization and ROI to build a successful online business. Through lecture and case studies students learn optimization techniques and how to convert clicks into monetary sales. Prerequisite: SMED 2850
SMED 3700
International Strategies for New Media
This course focuses on global communication platforms as tactical communication tools. Students understand the development and use of new media, learn how to utilize content specifically for these new technological applications, and translate new media into international communication strategies. As technology enables the global community, it is increasingly important to understand the people using the technology.
SMED 3750
PR Writing for Social Media
Writing is a core competency for successful social media and public relations professionals. In this class, students learn advanced public relations writing techniques and application. Throughout the course students develop a real-world portfolio of a press kit and social media calendar.
Total Units of Credit: 91

+ Available as an online (distance learning) course