Design, Merchandising, and Textiles is a diverse and competitive field in which individuals plan, provide, and promote apparel, interiors, and related goods desired by the consumer. The Merchandising career track offers knowledge and application of business principles within the fashion and interior industries, entry into the world of retailing, and marketing techniques for apparel and interior furnishings. Throughout coursework, concepts of sustainable design and manufacturing, as well as the influence of design on well-being will be highlighted. Students will take a series of Design, Merchandising, and Textiles program core classes to gain experience with all three tracks. Students will be prepared for careers ranging from small business in Wyoming and rural areas of the West, to the highly competitive, fast paced global marketplace. All Design, Merchandising, and Textiles students are required to participate in a three-credit-hour internship, international field study tour, or a study abroad program.
Completion of this degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours that include a) University Studies requirements (USP), b) departmental core curriculum, and c) specific courses for the selected career track. Courses should be selected in consultation with a student’s advisor to enhance the student’s educational experience and to ensure fulfillment of upper division course requirements (42 credit hours overall with 30 taken from UW).