Undergraduate Programs

B.S. in Apparel and Merchandising

The Apparel and Merchandising program emphasizes study in apparel and textile design and development as well as the sourcing/production, marketing, and retailing of consumer goods. The program encompasses global study of the cultural/historical, economic, and scientific aspects of the textile and apparel industry, while fostering understanding of consumer behavior and socially responsible business practices.

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We offer the following areas of concentration within the Apparel and Merchandising undergraduate program:

Apparel Design and Production Concentration

The Apparel Design and Production concentration focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the design of textile and apparel goods. Students who choose this concentration will complete coursework in aesthetics and design, illustratioin, pattern development, apparel construction techniques, and computer-aided design.

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Sewing Lab

Careers in Apparel Design and Production

  • Apparel/textile designer
  • Computer-aided designer
  • Creative director
  • Design director
  • Fashion illustration
  • Fashion stylist
  • Pattern-maker
  • Technical designer

Apparel Design and Production Concentration Checksheet

Internships in Apparel & Merchandising

Merchandising Concentration

The Merchandising concentration focuses on the development of knowledge and skills necessary to engage in the assortment planning, the sale of textile and apparel goods. Students who choose this concentration will complete coursework in consumer behavior, merchandising processes, management, merchandise buying, retail store design and in the global indsutry.

Merchandising Lab

Careers in Merchandising

  • Product/brand merchandise manager
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Merchandise buyer/manager
  • Retail manager/merchandiser
  • Promotions/public relations specialist
  • Sales representative
  • Market researcher/trend analyst
  • Fashion editor/journalist

Merchandising Concentration Checksheet

Internships in Apparel & Merchandising

Product Development Concentration

The Product Development concentration focuses on developing and innovating consumer products. Students will learn necessary skills for product development, sourcing, market potential analysis, trend forecasting, line development, product line managment, quality assurance, and supply chain management.

Careers in Product Development

  • Human performance evaluator
  • Import/export specialist
  • Outdoor product designer
  • Product evaluator
  • Product manager
  • Prototype engineer
  • Quality control specialist

Product Development Checksheet

Merchandising Minor

A minor in Merchandising provides students in other majors an opportunity to expand their knowledge of merchandising. This minor may be of special interest to students majoring in areas such as art and business. The perspectives gleaned by students selecting a merchandising minor enhance understanding in the student's major program of study and expand career opportunities available to the student.

Merchandising Minor Checksheet