Merchandising, Apparel & Textiles
The Department of Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles prepares students for careers in the global retail industry. Graduates of this program find careers in which they apply the business and professional skills developed in the program. The major is designed for students who want to pursue careers in merchandising and retailing. Students are prepared for a variety of careers in the retail industry such as buying, store management, visual merchandising, customer relations, and personnel. Graduates have also pursued careers in the textile industry, apparel manufacturing, wholesaling, and other areas of the retail industry. Faculty encourage student participation in industry sponsored research projects related to merchandising and product analysis. Internships are a required component of the program and can lead to permanent employment.