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:
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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Careers in Apparel Design and Production
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.
Careers in Merchandising
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
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.