Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising

Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising

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Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising (TAM)

Are you interested in a career in fashion merchandising, retail buying, apparel marketing, or fashion management? A bachelor’s degree or master’s specialization in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising may be a perfect fit for you and may lead to careers in related fields in retail, advertising, and fashion.

Our experienced faculty and staff provide instruction on product knowledge, theory, and business skills to succeed in the competitive fashion and retail industry. We provide two on-campus laboratories – the Kohl’s Merchandising Laboratory and the FCNS Textile Laboratory, helping students to develop skills in visual merchandising, fashion illustration, fabric construction, and fabric performance.

The School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences offers a major in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising leading to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

Students with this major have a variety of career opportunities related to marketing and retailing apparel and related products.  Careers include various aspects of product development, purchasing, distribution, quality control, promotion and the management of human resources. The major also provides a basis for graduate study.

Students may choose to minor in Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising, taking courses related to the fashion industry which may complement majors in the School of Art, College of Business, or other course of study.

Graduate students earning a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences may pursue a specialization in Apparel Studies (M.S.). Oriented toward the human sciences, this specialization is designed to enhance students’ abilities in applying subject matter, critical thinking, and oral and written communication skills in the professional apparel industry. Individual thesis topics are selected with the approval of the adviser. The program also prepares students to continue their studies in doctoral programs.

To learn more about our programs and courses, contact the School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences.