Majors / Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising

Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising (B.A., B.S.)

Indiana State University


The University offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) and a bachelor of science (B.S.) in textiles, apparel, and merchandising.

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:

  • Analysis of ready-to-wear quality
  • Cultural aspects of clothing
  • Functions of retailing
  • Global marketing
  • History of costume
  • Principles of design
  • Textiles
  • Trends in retailing

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.

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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:

  • Advertising
  • Assistant or retail buyer
  • Fashion promotion
  • Journalism and photography (as these relate to the apparel industry)
  • Personal shopper
  • Retail management
  • Showroom sales or sales representative
  • Special events coordinator
  • Visual merchandiser


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

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 transfer students.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Textiles, Apparel, and Merchandising Program
College of Technology
Indiana State University
800-468-5236 (toll free)

Last updated: June 18, 2014

The Catalog of Indiana State University is the document of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalog supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.

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