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Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising
College of Education and Professional Studies
Family and Child Life
College of Education and Professional Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Education and Professional Studies
Global Wine Studies
College of Education and Professional Studies
Recreation, Tourism, and Events
College of Education and Professional Studies
Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Andrea Eklund
509-963-2067
andrea.eklund@cwu.edu

Introduction

The apparel, textiles and merchandising program cultivates tomorrow’s fashion leaders and develops industry-ready professionals who are forward-thinking, creative, innovative, relevant, and passionate. The program gives students a thorough background in the business aspects of the fashion industry, developing skills in fashion theory; creativity; merchandising; retail operations; buying strategies; technology; fashion forecasting; and target markets.

Opportunities

The apparel, textiles, and merchandising major prepares students for a wide range of careers in the international fields of buying, merchandising, fashion trend analysis, product development, merchandise planning, entrepreneurship, visual merchandising, fashion styling, product/brand/licensing management, quality assurance, and more.

Why this program?

The apparel, textiles, and merchandising major combines fashion, business and creativity to foster students personal goals. Students immerse themselves in chosen interest areas where they learn, understand and apply new knowledge to the many facets of the apparel industry.

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Family and Child Life
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Amy Claridge
509-963-2758
Amy.Claridge@cwu.edu

Introduction

Family and Consumer Sciences provides an opportunity for students to learn about a wide variety of subjects ranging from apparel, textiles and merchandising and global wine studies to family and child life and recreation, tourism and events.

Opportunities

Family and Consumer Sciences offers an amazingly broad spectrum of programs for students interested in studying the role of individuals within families and as consumers. Majors include global wine studies, apparel, textiles and merchandising, and business and marketing teacher preparation.

Why this program?

Family and Consumer Sciences majors learn tangible skills about concrete subjects that easily translate into opportunities in the real world. Our graduates learn about concerns that relate to basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and relationships.

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Family and Consumer Sciences
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
alex.lange@cwu.edu

Introduction

Family and Consumer Sciences provides an opportunity for students to learn about a wide variety of subjects ranging from apparel, textiles and merchandising, and global wine studies to family and child life and recreation, tourism and events.

Opportunities

Family and Consumer Sciences offers an amazingly broad spectrum of programs for students interested in studying the role of individuals within families and as consumers. Majors include global wine studies, apparel, textiles and merchandising, and business and marketing teacher preparation.

Why this program?

Family and Consumer Sciences majors learn tangible skills about concrete subjects that easily translate into opportunities in the real world. Our graduates learn about concerns that relate to basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and relationships.

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Global Wine Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

John Hudelson
509-963-2744
hudelson@cwu.edu

Introduction

The Global Wine Studies program prepares students for careers in the wine industry by focusing on: wine business skills; grape growing and winemaking; identifying wines produced in major wine regions of the world; understanding the costs and price structures of the wine business; and using professional wine tasting techniques.

Opportunities

The Global Wine Studies program uses an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to instruction that creates a degree unlike anything else in the nation because it focuses on the business side of the wine industry.

Why this program?

CWU Global Wine Studies program is the only degree program in the U.S. that emphasizes learning the business side of the wine industry.

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Recreation, Tourism, and Events
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Science
Department Contact:

Alex Lange
509-963-2766
Alex.Lange@cwu.edu

Introduction

CWU’s recreation, tourism, and events program offers opportunities to focus on community-based recreation such as parks or non-profit organizations and outdoor resource recreation; tourism management and hospitality programs; or events planning.

Opportunities

Recreation, tourism, and events graduates focus on sustainable practices that consider people, economics, communities, and the environment. Students in this major choose to specialize in recreation, tourism management, or event management. 

Why this program?

Established in 1947, the Recreation, Tourism, and Events degree program at CWU was the first of its kind at a college or university in Washington state.

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Why family and consumer sciences at CWU?

With an exciting package of majors ranging from global wine studies to family and child life, the Family and Consumer Sciences department offers a broad mix of fields for students interested in studying the role of individuals within families and as consumers.

According to the Educator Supply and Demand in Washington State report, there is a critical need for business and marketing education teachers.

Students in the apparel, textiles and merchandising program regularly have their innovative designs accepted in the annual International Textile, and Apparel Association competition

Recreation, tourism, and events majors gain first-hand knowledge of the challenges of working in a city park or managing long lines at an amusement park.

CWU’s Child Life Club is actively involved in volunteering at local children’s hospitals and hosts the annual Family and Child Life Day in the spring.

CWU’s Global Wine Studies program utilizes an innovative, cross-disciplinary approach to instruction that creates a degree unlike anything else in the nation.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of Central’s family and consumer sciences department find jobs in:

Government agencies

Social service organizations

Church or religious organizations

Hospitality industry

Fashion industry

City parks

Winery manager

Cruise manager

Experience Family and Consumer Sciences at CWU

Passion for Fashion

D'ondre Johnson, a 2015 fashion design graduate, came to CWU to pursue football but changed paths to follow his passion for fashion. As a student, Johnson won Fashion Show Best Design at SOURCE and the First Lady Award at the annual campus-wide fashion show.

Points of Pride

CWU’s family and consumer sciences is ranked as one of the top Great Value Colleges for Family and Consumer Sciences in the United States.

CWU is the only university in the United States. offering a bachelor’s degree that prepares graduates for the business side of the wine industry, which accounts for 75 percent of wine-industry careers.

Megan West, who graduated from CWU with a major in apparel, textiles, and merchandising was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Washington State Main Street Program. West owns Claim Clothing of Ellensburg.

CWU is one of only two universities in the state of Washington offering business and marketing teacher preparation programs.

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