The Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program is designed to help you gain the knowledge you need to recognize industry trends, analyze market and consumer behavior, and evaluate retail needs in the diverse, fast-paced, and ever-changing fashion industry. Students will build a well-rounded base knowledge about textile and apparel products, merchandising strategies, product development, production processes, trends, consumers and sustainability. Field experiences allow students to network with industry professionals and study abroad opportunities are highly encouraged. Students gain additional hands-on professional experience during summer internships. Quarterly meetings with the faculty advisor assures the student is academically on track to achieve their professional goals.
To be admitted to a major in the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.3 (or be a freshman or transfer).
A minimum grade of C- must be earned in each course counted toward fulfilling major requirements.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
- Demonstrate effective planning, preparation, and delivery of family and consumer science education lessons and plans.
- Demonstrate the ability to meet the diverse needs of individuals, families, and communities in FCSE content areas.
- Demonstrate competence in at least five of the eight major areas of the FCS discipline.
- Child Development
- Family and Parenting
- Personal Finance
- Life Management
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Demonstrate, practice, and use safety principles according to current industry and public schools.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the concepts, theoretical perspectives, and historic trends in Career and Technical Education (CTE).
- Students are committed to ongoing personal and professional development through participation in club activities and professional membership.