Majors - NIU - Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising

Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising

Majoring in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising (B.S.)

Majoring in TAMThe School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences offers an undergraduate program with a major in Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising leading to a Bachelor of Science 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.

The program provides students with product knowledge of textiles and apparel as well as an understanding of socioeconomic influences and managerial and business skills relevant to marketing textiles and apparel products. Students are encouraged to consider a minor in business administration or marketing.

Selected Courses Required in the TAM Program

A complete description of the degree requirements is given in the Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising section of the undergraduate catalog.

See an example of a Degree Path for the TAM program. 

If you are a transfer student from an Illinois Community College, be sure to check out our Transfer Guide for the Bachelor of Science in Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising.

Field Experience

An internship or cooperative education experience is required for all majors. For admission to the internship (7 semester hours), an overall GPA of 2.20 or above is required. The application for an internship or Cooperative Education I or II (6 semester hours) is due in the fall semester prior to completing the internship.

To arrange for an appointment with an adviser, contact the College of Health and Human Sciences office at (815) 753-1891 (Freshmen and Sophomores) or the School of Family, Consumer, & Nutrition Sciences at (815) 753-1543 (Juniors, Seniors, and Post-Baccalaureates).