Apparel Merchandising and Product Development

Why should I major in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development?

A degree in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development opens the door for a career in fashion merchandising, product development, brand management, quality assurance and general clothing and textiles. The Apparel Merchandising and Product Development faculty routinely schedule guest lecturers from the apparel and textile industries providing industry based projects and experiential opportunities to give students professional insight into today's career fields. These components supplement a dynamic academic program that includes coursework in science, social science and liberal arts.

What can I do with a degree in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development?

There are multiple career options for an Apparel Merchandising and Product Development graduate. Depending on the coursework completed and interests of the student, graduates can be employed in any facet of the fashion industry. 

  • Buying & Merchandising
  • Brand Management
  • Technical Design
  • Quality Assurance
  • Retail or Wholesale Manager

What does an Apparel Merchandising and Product Development major study?

The course of study for Apparel Merchandising and Product Development majors offers flexibility for students to customize a degree plan that helps them meet their academic and professional goals.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad through the Rome Center, which partners with the U of A and other schools to offer several programs of study, including Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising.

Course requirements and a semester-by-semester degree plan for Apparel Merchandising and Product Development can be found in the UA Course Catalog. There is also a printable 2022-2023 checksheet and an archive of past PDFs of the checksheets and semester-by-semester degree plans available in Box.

How can an Apparel Merchandising and Product Development student be involved?

The School of Human Environmental Sciences and the University offer a variety of outlets for students to gain professional development experiences.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) student chapter is located in the School of Human Enviromental Sciences at the University of Arkansas. The group is open to all Apparel Merchandising and Product Development majors and anyone who is interested in merchandising, product development, or textile science.

AATCC meets once a month during the school year in the Home Economics Building. For more information, please contact one of the club faculty sponsors: Dr. Laurie Apple (lapple@uark.edu) or Dr. Leigh Southward (csouthwa@uark.edu).

Fashion and Apparel Board (FAB-UA) is a new club for Apparel Merchandising and Product Development majors who are interested in specialty workshops, networking events, community service projects and more.

FAB-UA activities are designed to inform members of the dynamic apparel and textiles industry and to actively engage with the public. Membership provides an excellent opportunity to interact with guest speakers and a chance to work with the community. For more information, please contact one of the club faculty sponsors: Dr. Lance Cheramie (cheramie@uark.edu) or Stephanie Hubert (skhopper@uark.edu).

AMPD model walking in student fashion show.

Quick Facts

Department:
School of Human Environmental Sciences

Average Starting Salary:
$41,200*

Graduate School & Employment Placement Rate:
92%*

Internship Required:
Yes

Commonly Paired Minors:
Management, Supply Chain, International Business, Enterprise Resource Planning, Accounting, World Language, Journalism, Theatre, Retailing, Marketing

* Based on most recent Career Development Center Outcomes Report


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