Harper Transfer Guide - NIU - Transfer Articulation

Fashion Merchandising

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Articulation Plan
Harper College - AAS Fashion Merchandising1


HARPER Required Course

NIU Articulation

NIU Requirement Satisfied

AAS Fashion Merchandising:

HARPER program requirements and applicability toward NIU general education and/or Fashion Merchandising (FM) in FCNS requirements























(51 Credit Hours)2

SPE 101 (3)

ENG 101 (3)

ENG 102 (3)

COMS 100

ENGL 103

ENGL 104

GE Core

ART 105 (3)

ARTH 282: Intro to Visual Arts


PSY 101 (3)

PSYC 102 : Intro to Psych


SOC 101 (3)

SOCI 170: Intro to Sociology


MGT 111 (3)

MGMT 101: Intro Business



FAS 100 (3)


FCNS 252: Apparel Production

FCNS Elective

FAS 107 (3)

FCNS 152: Fiber and Fabric Analysis I



FAS 110 (3) + FAS 111 (3)

**Needs C or better

FCNS 262: Western Costume + Elective


FAS 112 (3)

** Needs C or better

 FCNS 258: Introduction to the Fashion Industry


FAS 116 (3)

FCNS 356E: Cooperative Education II


FAS 212 (3)

FCNS 272 : Merchandising Promotion


FAS 229 (3)

FCNS Elective



FAS 230 (3)

FCNS Elective  



CIS 100 (3) OR

CIS 101 (3)

General Elective



1Articulation Plan based on course work required for the AAS in Fashion Merchandising in the 2014-2015 catalog and on the current NIU Articulation Handbook

2Only 66 of these credits are applicable to the 120 hours required for NIU Degree


Harper Required Course

NIU Articulation

NIU Requirement Satisfied

AAS Harper Required Business Courses to be Substituted in Fashion Merchandising major requirements. If student wishes to obtain a minor in business at NIU then these courses will have to be retaken at NIU.3


(12 credit hours)2

MGT 150 (3)

General Elective


MKT 140 (3)


General Elective



MKT 245 (3)

General Elective



MKT 106 (3)

General Elective



2Only 66 of these credits are applicable to the 120 hours required for NIU degree

Additional HARPER courses to meet NIU general education and/or TAM Program requirements:  can be completed concurrently while taking NIU courses














(37 credit hours)2

MTH 103 (3)

****Needs C or Better

MTH 110: College Algebra

GE Math Core

MTH 124 (4)

****Needs C or Better

MATH 210 : Finite Math


MTH 165 (4)

STAT 208: Statistics


CHM 100 (4)

CHEM 110: Chemistry  & CHEM 111: Lab


Humanities/ Fine Arts (6)

Select IAI Humanities/Fine Arts. Consult with NIU advisor prior to enrollment regarding distribution.


ECO 211 (3)

ECON 260: Microeconomics


ACC 101 (4) + ACC 102 (3)

ACCY 206: Financial &   ACCY 207: Managerial

FM (Sub for ACCY 288)


Interdisciplinary Studies (3)


Select IAI Interdisciplinary Studies (GE IDP). Consult with NIU advisor prior to enrollment regarding distribution.



GE in Humanities/Fine Arts, Sci/Math, or IDP (3)

Select IAI. Consult with NIU advisor prior to enrollment regarding distribution.

GE overall Distributive Studies

2Only 66 of these credits are applicable to the 120 hours required for NIU degree
3Business courses will be subsituted within the Fashion Merchandising major for MKTG 310, MKTG 350, MGMT 33, FCNS 356X. These substitutions will result in lower level credit hours towards total university required 120 hours. MKTG & MGMT are not applicable to NIU BUSI minor. Students wanting NIU BUSI minor will need to take MKT & MGMT courses at NIU

Proficiency Credits Note: AAS Fashion Studies graduates who take all courses exactly as listed above will have 75-81 credits of Harper course work of which only 66 are applicable to the 120 required for the NIU degree.  FCNS 289 and/or FCNS 389 proficiency credits will be awarded to offset this loss of hours.  For Harper students with a different combination of classes, proficiency credits will be determined at the time of transfer to Fashion Merchandising at NIU.


(30 credit hours)

Harper College’s AAS Fashion Merchandising graduates.

FCNS 289: (10)

FCNS 389: (20)






Hours towards 120 credits required for degree




NIU Course Number

               NIU Course Title

FM Core Upper Division Courses to be taken through NIU








(18 Credit Hours)

FCNS 353 (3)

Apparel Product Analysis

FCNS 355 (3)

Merchandising Mathematics

FCNS 457 (3)

Professional Development for Apparel Merchandising

FCNS 466 (3)

Economics of Apparel and Textile Industries

FCNS 468 (3)

Consumer Behavior Related to Apparel

Pick one of the Following


FCNS 369 (3) OR FCNS 469 (3) OR FCNS 456 (3) OR FCNS 464 (3) OR FCNS 471 (3) OR FCNS 458 (3)




Electives for 120 hours required for graduation, all Upper level hours must be taken at NIU.


(14 Upper Level Credit Hours)

Required electives are selected in consultation with NIU FM Advisor.

Total 120




Admission to the Baccalaureate Completion Program

  • Admission to NIU as a regular degree seeking student - refer to Office of Admissions for application deadlines for regular university admission
  • Completed AAS in Fashion Merchandising at Harper College

Academic Advising

All NIU students must meet university graduation and general education (GE) requirements. Fashion Merchandising students work with the Fashion Merchandising advisor to identify GE deficiencies and monitor progress toward completion of these and other university graduation requirements (i.e. 120 total credit hours with at least 30 hours from NIU)

For further information:

Sarah Cosbey, PhD
Fashion Merchandising Associate Professor
School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences
Wirtz Hall 122
(815) 753-6336