Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising 

What is Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising?

Clothing is a necessity in all of our daily lives. The Textiles and Apparel industry is constantly seeking new ways of creating better products that achieve higher levels of sustainability. Having the right problem solving abilities and creative mindset are crucial when entering the dynamic field. 

Why Study Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising At LSU?

Fashion and technology meet in the LSU Department of Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising. With a curriculum focusing on the design, development, and marketing of textile products, With access to advanced facilities and cutting-edge equipment, students are encouraged to develop their own personal style through a curriculum focusing on the design, development, and marketing of textile products. 


Students in this curriculum take core courses that provide comprehensive knowledge required for specialization in one of three areas of concentration: Apparel Design, Merchandising, and Technology Textile Science. Within these concentrations, students will have an experience tailored to equip them with a competitive edge that is needed in the constantly changing fashion industry. 

Students will have the opportunity to refine their skills and gain expertise in developing new apparel for the production process while using high-tech equipment. 

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Students will be given an in-depth look into the world of retail and merchandising and how those interact with the clothing industry. Students will also gain expertise in business strategy, consumer behavior, and management.

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Students who are interested in science and mathematics will find the perfect cross-over point in this concentration. They will learn to design develop and manufacture different types of fibers and fiber products that are currently used in the textile industry.

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Career Paths

The Department of Textiles, Apparel Design and Merchandising prepares students to enter this vast and changing world through creativity and an eye to the future. Our students pursue careers in design, product development, marketing, and much more.

Some career opportunities include:

Apparel Designer

Brand Manager

Costume Designer

Digital & E-Commerce Specialist

Fashion Consultant

Fashion Journalist

Market Analyst

Merchandise Planner

Retail Buyer

Retail Marketing Specialist

Textile Designer

Visual Merchandiser

Wholesale Account Representative


Companies Hiring LSU Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising Graduates

Runway model in fashion show


Program Details

Department: Department of Textiles, Apparel Design & Merchandising
College: LSU College of Agriculture
Location: LSU, Baton Rouge


Bachelor's of Science

degree plan

B.S. in Textiles, Apparel & Merchandising (4-year plan courses)


Textiles, Merchandising & Apparel Minor (Courses)

undergraduate contact

Erica Woolard
Administrative Coordinator IV

diversity & inclusion champion

Ercia Woolard
125 Human Ecology


For more information, contact

Contact our undergraduate student recruiter.

Henry Hebert
Manager of Recruitment

Next Step

Set up a visit to tour the LSU and the College of Agriculture


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