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BS in Textile and Apparel Management

Degree Program Description

Textile & Apparel Management (TAM) is a program which focuses on the apparel and textile supply chain.  The curriculum emphasizes leadership, the global supply chain, sustainability, creativity/innovation and technology. Students have access to state-of-the-art design and apparel technology labs. The Apparel Retailing and Digital Merchandising track prepares students for careers in merchandising, buying, planning, allocation, e-retailing, and retail management.  The Apparel Product Development track prepares students for careers in technical and creative design, sourcing, and product development. Through coursework, field study experiences, internships, leadership conferences and student organizations, TAM students develop the skills they need for top industry positions.

Major Program Requirements

There are two tracks available in Textile and Apparel Management: Apparel Retailing and Digital Merchandising (ARDM), and Apparel Product Development (APD). The ARDM track provides students with an understanding of digital and brick-and-mortar retailing which emphasizes apparel merchandising within both formats. The APD track provides students with an understanding of the apparel design and product development process from conception to consumer.   Students majoring in TAM may not take departmental courses using the Pass/Fail grading option. In addition to college requirements, students must meet all University graduation requirements including University general education. Some courses in the Professional Program are allowed to double count for General Education requirements. This program can be completed in 120 hours.  The following courses are required of all students majoring in Textile and Apparel Management (TAM). (NOTE: Tracks do not appear on transcripts or diplomas.)

Core Requirements

T_A_M 1200Basic Concepts of Apparel Design and Production3
T_A_M 1300Introduction to Fashion Retail Strategies3
T_A_M 2100Introduction to Digital Presentation Techniques3
T_A_M 2120Professional Seminar1
T_A_M 2200Science of Textiles3
T_A_M 2400Global Consumers3
T_A_M 2500Social Appearance in Time and Space3
T_A_M 3200Softgoods Quality Evaluation3
T_A_M 352019th and 20th Century Western Dress3
T_A_M 4110Global Sourcing3
T_A_M 4400The Clothing/Textile Consumer: Data Analytics3
Total Credits31

Apparel Retailing & Digital Merchandising 

T_A_M 2300Retail Finance and Merchandise Control3
T_A_M 3700Omnichannel Retailing in the Digital World3
or T_A_M 3300 Retail and Merchandising Analysis
T_A_M 4600Digital Merchandising3
T_A_M 4990Retail Marketing and Merchandising3
TAM elective hours 9
Supporting Course Requirements
MATH 1100College Algebra (or a higher level math course)3
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab (or a higher level chemistry course)3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics *3
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
ECONOM 1015Principles of Macroeconomics3
or ABM 1042 Applied Macroeconomics
ESC_PS 4170Introduction to Applied Statistics (recommended)3
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
or STAT 2500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
ACCTCY 2010Introduction to Accounting *3
or ACCTCY 2026 Accounting I
or ACCTCY 2036 Accounting I
FINANC 2000Survey of Business Finance *3
or FINANC 3000 Corporate Finance
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management *3
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing *3
Business Elective (3000 level course or higher) *3
Total Credits54

Apparel Product Development 

T_A_M 2280Apparel Production *4
or T_A_M 2281 Advanced Apparel Production
T_A_M 2380Apparel Patternmaking3
T_A_M 2580Apparel Computer Aided Design3
T_A_M 3380Apparel Draping Techniques3
T_A_M 3480Apparel Technical Design3
T_A_M 4980Apparel Production Management4
TAM elective hours6
Supporting Course Requirements
ARTDR_VS 1050Drawing: Materials and Methods3
CHEM 1100Atoms and Molecules with Lab (or a higher level chemistry course)3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
ECONOM 1014Principles of Microeconomics **3
or ABM 1041 Applied Microeconomics
STAT 1200Introductory Statistical Reasoning3
or STAT 2500 Introduction to Probability and Statistics I
or ESC_PS 4170 Introduction to Applied Statistics
MANGMT 3000Principles of Management **3
MRKTNG 3000Principles of Marketing **3
Focused Supporting Area: Digital Merchandising Certificate, Remaining Courses for Business Minor (ACCTCY 2010/ACCTCY 2026/ACCTCY 2036**, FINANC 2000** and Business Elective 3000 level course or higher**), Art, Theater, or other courses approved by academic advisor9
Total Credits56

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Semester Plans

Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester.  A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.

Bachelor of Science in Textile and Apparel Management with a track in Apparel Retailing and Digital Merchandising

First Year
CHEM 11003COMMUN 12003
ENGLSH 10003MATH 11003
Humanities3History or Government3
T_A_M 12003T_A_M 21003
T_A_M 13003T_A_M 22003
 15 15
Second Year
ECONOM 1014 or ABM 10413ECONOM 1015 or ABM 10423
Humanities 3General Elective 3
General Elective3General Elective3
T_A_M 24003T_A_M 23003
T_A_M 25003T_A_M 35203
 15 15
Third Year
ACCTCY 2010, 2026, or 20363MANGMT 30003
MRKTNG 30003Statistics (Recommended ESC_PS 4170 for math science general education credit)3
General Elective 3General Elective 3
TAM Elective 3T_A_M 3700 or 33003
T_A_M 21201T_A_M 41103
T_A_M 32003 
 16 15
Fourth Year
Business Elective (3000 level course or higher)3General Elective 3
FINANC 20003General Elective2
General Elective 3TAM Elective 3
TAM Elective 3T_A_M 44003
T_A_M 46003T_A_M 49903
 15 14
Total Credits: 120

Bachelor of Science in Textile and Apparel Management with a track in Apparel Product Development

First Year
ARTDR_VS 10503American History or Government3
CHEM 11003Math PathwaysRecommended STAT 12003
ENGLSH 10003T_A_M 21003
T_A_M 12003T_A_M 22003
T_A_M 13003T_A_M 2280 or 22814
 15 16
Second Year
Humanities3Biological, Mathematical, or Physical Science Course 3
ECONOM 1014 or ABM 10413COMMUN 12003
T_A_M 23803General Elective3
T_A_M 24003T_A_M 32003
T_A_M 25003T_A_M 35203
 15 15
Third Year
MRKTNG 30003MANGMT 30003
General Elective3TAM Elective3
General Elective3Focused Support Area3
Focused Support Area3T_A_M 33803
T_A_M 21201T_A_M 41103
T_A_M 25803 
 16 15
Fourth Year
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective 3
TAM Elective3T_A_M 44003
Focused Support Area3T_A_M 49804
T_A_M 34803 
 15 13
Total Credits: 120

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