Textile, Apparel, Merchandising

Department of Human Resource Development & Performance Technologies (HRDPT)


This degree program prepares students for careers in textiles, apparel, and merchandising. Our graduates possess a keen interest in merchandise, an understanding of the world of fashion—plus the business and organizational skills needed for successful careers.

Coursework includes a required core—plus courses in areas such as:

In addition, a work experience program is offered to provide hands-on experience in the retailing industry. To better prepare for careers, students are encouraged to complete a minor in business administration, communication (journalism, public relations), marketing, theater, or another area of interest approved by an adviser.

To supplement their coursework, students have opportunities to attend retail conferences, participate in field trips to major market centers, tour retail facilities, hear guest speakers from retail industries, and visit relevant museum exhibits.

Students also may become members of the Fashion Merchandising Association (FMA). Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.

Course Catalog (Major)
Course Catalog (Minor)
Course Curriculum Guide


Our graduates are prepared for careers in retailing—one of the fastest growing fields in the United States. Listed below are a few of the career opportunities:


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transferdents.

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