Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to the Textile and Apparel Industry

  • TAM 1100: 3 Credit Hours
  • Surveys the development, production and marketing of softgoods merchandise from concept to consumer.

Basic Concepts of Apparel Design and Production

  • TAM 1200: 3 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to design techniques, coordination of fabric with design, selection of support materials, and basic understanding of garment assembly operations.

Softgoods Retailing

  • TAM 1300: 3 Credit Hours
  • Surveys merchandising and retailing principles with specific applications to the softgoods industry.

Presentation Techniques for Merchandising

  • TAM 2100: 1 - 3 Credit Hours
  • This class explores Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) as a tool for presentation techniques within the field of fashion merchandising. Prerequisites: MU DoIT custom Photoshop and Illustrator class for Textile and Apparel Management Students or instructor's consent.

Professional Seminar

  • TAM 2120: 1 Credit Hours
  • Exploration of issues in professional activity/success including: evaluating opportunities, oral and written communication for presenting oneself, the articulation of professional/private life, and professional ethics.

Science of Textiles

  • TAM 2200: 3 Credit Hours
  • Fundamental concepts of textiles. Chemical composition, molecular arrangement, and physical structure of natural and manufactured fibers. Yarn and fabric manufacturing and various finishing techniques. Impacts of such characteristics and techniques on function, performance, and quality. Graded on A-F basis only.

Apparel Production

  • TAM 2280: 4 Credit Hours
  • Introduction to sewn products industry applications in which students assemble sample garments and products on industrial equipment. Order of operations is emphasized and industry specific software is introduced. Prerequisites: TAM 1200, TAM 2200 or taking concurrently.

Retail Finance and Merchandise Control

  • TAM 2300: 3 Credit Hours
  • Emphasizes assortment and financial planning utilizing computer applications in the retail environment. Math Reasoning Proficiency Course. Prerequisites: TAM 1300 or MRKTNG 3000, MATH 1100 and computer familiarity.

Integrated Apparel Design and Production I

  • TAM 2380: 3 Credit Hours
  • A beginning apparel product development course integrating pattern-making, apparel assembly decision-making and materials selection. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: TAM 2280 and instructor's consent.

Global Consumers

  • TAM 2400: 3 Credit Hours
  • This course uses consumer behavior and cultural frameworks, integrated with critical and creative thinking processes to develop global perspective that is sensitive to diverse consumers' needs and preferences for products and services in the global marketplace. Graded on A-F basis only.

Apparel and Textile Presentation Techniques

  • TAM 2480: 3 Credit Hours
  • Apparel and textile presentation processes. Introduction to a range of traditional and innovative presentation techniques using various media. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 2380.

Social Appearance in Time and Space

  • TAM 2500: 3 Credit Hours
  • An investigation of the motives and meanings that individuals negotiate through the use of dress in presenting themselves as players in complex social contexts. The emphasis is on cross-cultural, historical, and contemporary settings. Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000.

History of Western Dress

  • TAM 2520: 3 Credit Hours
  • Surveys the history of Western dress and its global influences from prehistory through 1850. Prerequisite: ENGLSH 1000. Writing Intensive designation. Humanities or Social Science.

Digital Textile and Apparel Applications

  • TAM 2580: 3 Credit Hours
  • Use of computer aided design technology to create designs for textiles and apparel. Includes portfolio development. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: TAM 2480 or instructor's consent.

Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies

  • TAM 2810: 3 Credit Hours
  • (same as PEA_ST 2810, GERMAN 3510 and JOURN 3510). This interdepartmental course serves as the introductory seminar for students pursuing the Certificate of Digital Global Studies. The course focuses on the impact of technological change and globalization on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisites: Restricted to non-Journalism students. Journalism students should enroll in Journalism sides of this course.

Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies - Honors

  • TAM 2810H: 3 Credit Hours
  • (same as GERMAN 3510H and JOURN 3510H). This interdepartmental course serves as the introductory seminar for students pursuing the Certificate of Digital Global Studies. The course focuses on the impact of technological change and globalization on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives. Prerequisites: Honors eligibility required. Restricted to non-Journalism students. Journalism students should enroll in Journalism sides of this course.

Softgoods Quality Evaluation

  • TAM 3200: 3 Credit Hours
  • Examination and evaluation of fabric and apparel structures with emphasis on principles of advanced textile performance and quality analysis. Includes end-use characteristics; price/quality relationships; textile and apparel product standards and specifications; and standard test methods to evaluate comfort, performance, and function of sewn products. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: TAM 2200.

Principles of Apparel Manufacturing

  • TAM 3280: 3 Credit Hours
  • A study of the apparel manufacturing industry including the decision making involved in marketing, merchandising, and producing apparel. Prerequisites: TAM 1200, TAM 2200 or instructor's consent.

Principles Apparel Manufacturing Lab

  • TAM 3281: 1 Credit Hours
  • Emphasis on computer technology applications using industry based systems of digitizing and marker making. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 3280.

Retail and Merchandising Analysis

  • TAM 3300: 3 Credit Hours
  • This course provides an opportunity to apply the concepts of merchandise planning, financial control, and promotions to real life buying situations. It will employ Problem Based Learning, approach that will allow students to learn through engagement in real problems. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: TAM 2300.

Integrated Apparel Design and Production II

  • TAM 3380: 3 Credit Hours
  • An intermediate apparel product development course integrating pattern-making, apparel assembly decision-making and materials selection. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: TAM 2380.

Technical Design

  • TAM 3480: 3 Credit Hours
  • Technical product development for the global sewn products industry. Graded on A-F only basis. Prerequisite: TAM 3380 and TAM 3281 or taken concurrently.

19th and 20th Century Western Dress

  • TAM 3520: 3 Credit Hours
  • A study of nineteenth and twentieth century Western dress as influenced by time, place, and culture. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: ENGLSH 1000. Textile and Apparel Management majors Only.

MultiChannel Retailing in the Digital World

  • TAM 3700: 3 Credit Hours
  • Overview of various channels of retail distribution including catalogs, e-commerce, and broadcast formats. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: junior standing.

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

  • TAM 3800: 3 Credit Hours
  • This course covers the fundamental principles, practices, and procedures of entrepreneurship in a step-by-step approach, and generates a final business plan. It delves into identifying viable target market through research, appealing to and securing customers, selecting a location, recruiting and retailing great employees and determining how much stock to carry and how to sell it. This course is designed for those who want to consider starting their own retail businesses, but not limited to those who want to reassess the direction of their existing businesses, or to those who want to build tangible as well as intangible entrepreneurial skill sets for their corporate careers. Graded on A-F basis only.

Topics in Textiles and Apparel Management

  • TAM 4001: 1 - 9 Credit Hours
  • Selected current topics in field of interest.

Global Sourcing

  • TAM 4110: 3 Credit Hours
  • Global sourcing refers to how and where manufactured goods or components will be procured. In today's global softgoods industry, sourcing has become a major competitive strategy for both manufacturers and retailers. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: junior standing required.

Softgoods Brand Management and Promotion

  • TAM 4300: 3 Credit Hours
  • Management of branded product lines produced by textile and apparel firms; strategic implications of the development of brand equity toward increasing customer loyalty. Prerequisites: junior standing.

The Clothing/Textile Consumer: Research and Analysis

  • TAM 4400: 3 Credit Hours
  • Examines the effects of economic, social and marketing factors on the clothing consumption process. Legislative and quality issues related to clothing and textiles are also discussed. Prerequisites: 3 hours of merchandising or marketing or microeconomics; 3 hours in statistics.

Creativity and Problem Solving

  • TAM 4480: 3 Credit Hours
  • Exploration of the creative process and sources of inspiration. Emphasis on research, design development for a variety of markets. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequsites: TAM 3380.

International Experiential Learning in Textiles and Apparel

  • TAM 4549: 1 - 9 Credit Hours
  • International experience of textile and apparel management, including visitation of foreign industries, government agencies, and cultural/historical sites. Destination may vary. Course may be repeated up to 3 times. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent; Minimum GPA of 2.5.

Case Studies in an Inter/Multicultural World

  • TAM 4810: 3 Credit Hours
  • (same as GERMAN 4810). This inter-departmental course examines the ways in which people across the globe are affected every day by an unprecedented array of linkages that defy geographic and political boundaries. Also serves as one of the seminars for the certificate in Digital Global Studies. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing; 2.75 GPA or instructor's consent.

Field Training in Textiles and Apparel Management

  • TAM 4949: 1 - 9 Credit Hours
  • Practical aspects of internship experience coordinated with the university curriculum. Available for various areas of emphasis. Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, TAM 2120, instructor's consent, and necessary prerequisite for area of emphasis.

Apparel Production Management

  • TAM 4980: 4 Credit Hours
  • Integration of consumer, trend and aesthetic research to develop and produce a competitive apparel product line using a multifunctional team approach. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 3840 or TAM 4480.

Retail Marketing and Merchandising

  • TAM 4990: 3 Credit Hours
  • Analytical management techniques appropriate for evaluation of retailing productivity. Emphasis on the use of these techniques and others in the development of a comprehensive retail marketing strategy. Prerequisites: TAM 2300, ACCTCY 2036, MRKTNG 3000.

Experiential Learning in Textiles and Apparel

  • TAM 4998: 1 - 9 Credit Hours
  • This course is designed to provide students with hands-on-experiences in the softgood industry. The purpose is to link classroom learning to business cultural centers, museums, workshops, and /or service learning opportunities achieved through experiential study. Additional field study fees might be applicable, depending on experience. Prerequisite: instructor's consent and minimum GPA of 2.5. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A/F basis only.