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
History of costume
Principles of design
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.
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.
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.