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Fashion: Textiles and Clothing in Business

Bachelor of Science Degree

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The Fashion: Textiles and Clothing in Business program at University of Central Missouri prepares students for a business-related career in the fashion/textile industry. This ever-changing field offers students challenging and diverse career opportunities ranging from employment with large companies to being a self-employed merchant. Many graduates find positions at fashion industries, department stores and other retail outlets. Graduates hold positions such as store/department managers, buyers, fashion representatives, fashion coordinators, manufacturers' representatives, visual merchandisers, and fashion editors.

This program provides students a theoretical foundation in marketing as well as hands-on experience in laboratory settings. It includes a combination of area-specific fashion/textiles and business courses that place an emphasis on national and international markets with general university studies classes, and an internship is required. This experience is a transition from the school environment to the business field in a realistic setting which often leads to a permanent position.

About the Faculty

All Fashion: Textiles and Clothing in Business courses are taught by highly qualified faculty members who have practical and educational backgrounds in apparel and textiles merchandising. In addition, faculty members possess current industry experience that provides students with information necessary for school and business relationships. Both national and international involvement provides students with a realistic setting of the global job market. Faculty members attend professional meetings to network with educators and business representatives. The modest student-faculty ratio allows students to receive individual attention, and faculty members work one-on-one with students to assist in planning of degree programs.

Student Involvement

Students are encouraged to join the Fashion Business Association to become involved with campus and community activities. This student organization has field trips and participates in community service projects. Fundraisers provide students with an excellent opportunity to be productive citizens and contribute to the socialization and learning process.


History and tradition abound at UCM. One of the university's most recognized collections is the Helen Ball Historic Costume Collection, dating from the mid 1800s to the 1980s. Another is the recently acquired Evelyn Louise Sims Collection of designer fashion from the middle to late 20th Century. These collections are a valuable resource that give students the opportunity to see authentic apparel pieces from the past. They are used in community service projects, and numerous trunk shows are presented to local organizations. This is an important part of the learning experience, and allows students to plan, coordinate and participate in fashion shows.

Study Tours

A variety of study tours are offered, all of which are based on student interests. The European study tour has included visits to Paris, the fashion capital of the world, as well as The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Spain and England, to name a few. Domestic tours have included visits to Dallas, where students have attended career seminars and met with retailers such as Nieman Marcus and Marshall Field's. Study tours to Mall of America in Minnesota have included workshops with the Gap , Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's. The New York study tour has included visits to the garment district and designer showrooms. These experiences have provided career opportunities, as well as contacts with professionals in the fashion apparel industry.


UCM's Office of Career Services helps students who seek employment. The office serves officials of business, government, industry and education who are looking for prospective employees. This service gives students the opportunity to arrange interviews with potential employers.

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