Undergraduate Courses

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.

Introduction to Digital Presentation Techniques

  • TAM 2100: 3 Credit Hours
  • This class explores Adobe Creative Suite as a tool for presentation techniques, and Excel for merchandising applications, within the field of fashion merchandising and design. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 1300.

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. Physical Science Laboratory course.

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. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 1200 and TAM 2200.

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 MARKETING 3000; MATH 1100 with a C- or above.

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: C- or above in TAM 2280 or 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. Social Science Course.

Apparel and Textile Presentation

  • 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 2280.

Social Appearance in Time and Space (WI)

  • TAM 2500W: 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: ENGLISH 1000. Writing Intensive designation. Social Science Course.

History of Western Dress (WI)

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

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: C- or above in TAM 2480 or instructor's consent.

Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies (WI)

  • TAM 3010W: 3 Credit Hours
  • (same as PEA_ST 2810, German 3510 and Journ 3510). This interdepartmental course serves as one of the core seminars for students pursuing the undergraduate Certificate in Digital Global Studies. The course focuses on the impact of technological change and globalization on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives. The course is open to students in any discipline. Graded on A-F basis only. Humanities or Social Science Course.

Think Global: Fundamentals of Globalization and Digital Technologies - Honors (WI)

  • TAM 3010HW: 3 Credit Hours
  • (same as PEA_ST 2810, German 3510 and Journ 3510). This interdepartmental course serves as one of the core seminars for students pursuing the undergraduate Certificate in Digital Global Studies. The course focuses on the impact of technological change and globalization on cultures around the world from various interdisciplinary perspectives. The course is open to students in any discipline. Graded on A-F basis only. Humanities or Social Science 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.

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. Prerequisite: C- or above in TAM 2380 or instructor's consent.

Technical Design

  • TAM 3480: 3 Credit Hours
  • Technical product development for the global sewn products industry. Graded on A-F only basis. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 3200. Prerequisites: C- or above in TAM 3380.

19th and 20th Century Western Dress (WI)

  • TAM 3520W: 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: ENGLISH 1000. TAM majors Only. Social Science Course.

Omnichannel Retailing in the Digital World

  • TAM 3700: 3 Credit Hours
  • Assessing the integration of various retail channels and developing omnichannel strategies. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 1300. Recommended: junior standing.

Retail Entrepreneurship

  • TAM 3800: 3 Credit Hours
  • This course covers the fundamental principles and practices of retail entrepreneurship. Students will learn how to identify opportunities, analyze the competitive marketplace, and propose new retail entrepreneurial business ventures for both online and offline environments. Graded on A-F basis only.

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. Social Science Course. Recommended: junior standing.

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. Recommended: junior standing.

The Clothing/Textile Consumer: Data Analytics

  • TAM 4400: 3 Credit Hours
  • Analyzes the effects of economic, social and marketing factors on the clothing consumption process in the age of big data. Social Science Course. Prerequisites: TAM 1300 or MARKETING 3000. Recommended: 3 hours of 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 or taken concurrently.

International Experiential Learning in Textiles and Apparel

  • TAM 4549: 1 - 3 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 2 times. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only (S/U). Prerequisites: instructor's consent; Minimum GPA of 2.5.

Digital Merchandising

  • TAM 4600
  • A comprehensive overview of the quickly evolving world of digital merchandising across all electronic channels, with an emphasis on textiles and apparel. Students will explore the architecture and functionality of websites, mobile apps, and social media, and the successful techniques being utilized to optimize sales and profits. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 3700. Prerequisites: TAM 2300.

Case Studies in an Inter/Multicultural World

  • TAM 4810: 3 Credit Hours
  • (same as GERMAN 4810, PEA_ST 4810 and DST 4805) 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. Humanities Course.

Field Training in Textiles and Apparel Management

  • TAM 4949: 1 - 3 Credit Hours
  • Practical aspects of internship experience coordinated with the university curriculum. Available for various areas of emphasis. Students may have up to 3 hours for any one internship experience and with a total maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, TAM 2120 or 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 3480 or TAM 4480. Prerequisites: C- or above in TAM 3380; TAM 2120.

Retail Marketing and Merchandising

  • TAM 4990: 3 Credit Hours
  • Practical aspects of internship experience coordinated with the university curriculum. Available for various areas of emphasis. Students may have up to 3 hours for any one internship experience and with a total maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisites or Corequisites: TAM 2300, ACCTCY 2036 or ACCTCY 2026 or ACCTCY 2010, MARKETING 3000. Prerequisites: TAM 2120.

Experiential Learning in Textiles and Apparel

  • TAM 4998: 1 - 3 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. May be repeated up to 2 times for credit. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: instructor's consent and minimum GPA of 2.5.
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