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Program Overview

Fairfield University offers students the opportunity to study marketing in the contexts of a broad liberal education and a dynamic and flexible business curriculum. Here, students develop the skills to determine the product and service needs of consumers, as well as the challenges of creating and delivering these products and services, of pricing them right, and of letting the market know about them via traditional and non-traditional methods such as social media and digital advertising.

Marketing majors learn marketing’s primary functions related to consumer behavior, market research, and marketing strategy, and then take specialized courses that lead them toward the jobs they want.

Fairfield’s close proximity to a thriving business community provides exceptional opportunities for marketing internships and introductions to the business world. These opportunities afford excellent, hands-on experience for you to apply in your future career.

As a graduate, you will have a well-rounded view of consumer and organizational needs and an understanding of the applications of marketing research and communication techniques. This knowledge strongly prepares you to continue your education into graduate school or to find a career in professions such as sales, advertising, direct marketing, media planning and event coordination.

Hear from Jennifer Stucko '09, a marketing and finance double major, about her professional career path

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#1
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#13
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#24
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Requirements

Marketing Major

Marketing majors examine the exchange processes by which consumers and organizations satisfy their needs and wants. In a sense, it is the most humanistic of the business majors; it requires students to understand consumer behavior, the motivation of sales personnel, the impact of advertising and communication on the potential consumer, the characteristics of consumers, the cultures involved in international marketing, market research techniques, and the role of marketing on the Internet. Marketing majors may further specialize by choosing one of two concentrations: relationship marketing or integrated marketing communications.

For an 18-credit major in marketing, students complete:

  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Research
  • Global Marketing
  • 3 more marketing courses listed below. 2 courses are required from a concentration area in order to receive the concentration notation.

Digital and Social Media Marketing Concentration

Complete the following two courses:

  • Social Media Marketing
  • Digital Marketing

Fashion Marketing Concentration

In collaboration with Florence University of the Arts

The purpose of a Marketing Major with a Concentration in Fashion Marketing is to provide a professional and academic environment for students to gain knowledge about the business side of the fashion industry. The program will be structured such that Fairfield students will take the marketing courses required for the major (i.e., Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research, and Global Marketing) at Fairfield University, and four marketing electives at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) in the Spring semester of their junior year.

A degree with a focus on Fashion Marketing offers a wide variety of career opportunities in the fashion industry, at various companies, such as Kohl’s, GAP, Lululemon, Nike, Macy's, and so much more. Moreover, the proximity to New York City provides the best setting for any student who is fascinated with fashion marketing and many opportunities after graduation. A fashion marketer may do any of the following on a day-to-day basis: ad creative, branding, market research and media planning, store planning, product display, and photography, which all fall within the purview of fashion marketing.

Students will complete the following four electives while in residence at Florence University of the Arts:

  • Strategic Fashion Marketing
  • Fashion Business in Italy
  • Fashion Buying Strategies: From Personal Shopper to Retail Merchandising
  • Special Project: Experiential Learning in the Fashion Industry: Fashion Retail Management

Marketing Communications Concentration

Complete at least two courses from the following:

  • Advertising
  • Media Strategy
  • Public Relations

General Marketing Major

Complete three courses from the following:

  • Sales and Sales Management
  • Advertising
  • Internet Marketing
  • Marketing Channels
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Media Strategy
  • Public Relations
  • Brand Management
  • Contemporary Issues in Marketing

Marketing Minor

This minor provides students with a basic foundation in marketing by exposing them to the functions that constitute the marketing discipline, including market research techniques and consumer behavior.

For a 15-credit minor in marketing, students must complete:

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Marketing Research*
  • 2 courses from the following:
    • Sales and Sales Management
    • Advertising
    • Internet Marketing
    • Global Marketing
    • Marketing Channel
    • Business to Business Marketing
    • Media Strategy
    • Public Relations
    • Brand Management
    • Contemporary Issues in Marketing

*Students should note that statistics and senior standing are prerequisites for Marekting Research.

Course Of Study

See Marketing course descriptions from our catalog‌ for more information

Principles of Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Sales and Sales Management
Advertising
Digital Marketing
Social Media Marketing
Sports Marketing| MK 311 Marketing Research
Global Marketing
Marketing Channels
Business to Business Marketing
Media Strategy
Public Relations
Brand Management
Contemporary Issues in Marketing
Marketing Internship
Seminar in Marketing

Internships

Because of the University's favored location, excellent internships with small and large businesses are available to any qualified marketing major who wants one. Interns have worked at such organizations as:

  • Indeed
  • Synchrony
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Moffly Media
  • Ogilvy Health

Marketing students have:

  • Helped develop marketing strategies for Newman's Own
  • Collected data on Generation X for Yankelovich Partners, a leading market research firm
  • Fashioned promotional materials for the New York Fever, a professional sports team
  • Worked in sales management for Gap

In marketing courses, students regularly work on real projects for businesses and nonprofit organizations. An active marketing club offers students the opportunity to experience marketing practices beyond the classroom through field trips, speakers, and career fairs and projects.

Learn more about how the Dolan School's internship opportunities will help prepare you for your career. 

Academic Success

Fairfield's marketing majors have started their careers in:

  • Sales
  • Brand management
  • Retail buying
  • Advertising account management
  • Media planning
  • Copywriting
  • Market research

Recent employers of marketing majors have included such firms as:

  • NBCUniversal Media LLC
  • Salesforce
  • Hubspot
  • Bank of America
  • Wayfair
  • L’Oreal
  • Nestle Waters
  • Kraft Heinz
  • IPSOS
  • Walt Disney World

Some students go directly to graduate school but most seek advanced education after they have started their careers. They have been successful in gaining admission to top graduate programs including Fairfield's own MBA program.

Learn more about how Fairfield Dolan’s Career Development Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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