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Family and Consumer Sciences

Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising

The Business of Fashion, Creating Industry-Ready Professionals

Students in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising gain through knowledge in the business aspects of the apparel industry including merchandising, management and buying, fashion forecasting and promotion, consumer behavior, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and sustainability.  Small class sizes with rigorous learning experiences supplemented with industry field trips and internships assures students are industry ready. Study abroad opportunities in Milan and Paris are highly encouraged.

Students receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising.  Quarterly meetings with the faculty advisor assures the student is academically on track to achieve their professional goals.  An Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising minor is also available.

  • Established program since 1915
  • Small class sizes and hands on learning
  • Study internationally for program credit
  • Professional advisory board to assure students industry ready
  • Award winning professors with years of industry experience
  • Short 90 minutes from Washington’s fashion center, Seattle
  • Graduates thriving at companies such as zulily, Nordstrom, Volcom, REI, Tommy Bahama and more


Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program includes courses in:

  • Socio-Cultural Aspects of Apparel
  • Consumer Textiles
  • Fashion Trend Analysis
  • History of Fashion
  • Retail Buying
  • Clothing Construction
  • Fashion Show Production
  • Manufacturing
  • Sewn Product Analysis
  • And Many More...

Besides extensive coursework in apparel and textiles, students study accounting, promotions & advertising, applied research, leadership and computing.

18th Annual Fashion Show, Cataclysm Preview

Employment Opportunities for Apparel Majors include:

  • Buyer
  • Merchandiser
  • Stylist
  • Trend Analyst
  • Visual Merchandising
  • Merchandise Planner
  • Corporate Management
  • Fashion Advertising and Promotion
  • Store Manager
  • Manufacturer's Representative
  • Operations Manager
  • Product/Brand Manager
  • Personal Shopper
  • Sourcing Assistant
  • Quality Assurance
  • Sales Representation
  • Showroom Manager

Apparel Design Minor

A minor in Apparel Design is administered jointly by the Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising Program and Theatre Arts department. It is designed to enable students with career interests in this field to gain experience in the competency areas expected of apparel designers. This minor allows the student to learn to apply the basic principles of design and creativity in developing apparel. Students will study the application of artistic and creative design elements, selection, and use of fabrics and textiles, and the techniques for transforming design concepts into garments in order to create a final saleable product for a target market.


For additional information please contact Professor Andrea Eklund in Family and Consumer Sciences at All course requirements and information can be found in the CWU catalog.

Admission Policy:

  • Students must have a university-level cumulative GPA of at least 2.3 for full admission to the major
  • The major application form must be completed, and then signed by the program advisor and chair
  • Complete the entry assessment survey at and attach it to the major application when submitting


Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising Resources

To be admitted as a major to the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising major the following process is required:   There are no courses prerequisites for admission to the ATM major. 

• Meet with a program advisor
• Complete the FCS Major Application Form (see above)
• Freshmen are encouraged to apply however all students must hold a 2.3 cumulative GPA upon attaining Sophomore standing (45 credits)
• Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising  applicants please complete this survey