About Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising 


To prepare students for professional careers in the textile and apparel industries, which are interconnected and global in nature, this curriculum provides an integrated, multi-functional academic experience. Students focus on design, development, and marketing of textile and apparel products and are encouraged to develop a broad-based problem solving perspective through synthesis of concepts, coursework, and work experiences. Students concentrate on a component of the textile/apparel industry complex by selecting textile science, apparel design, or merchandising as a program area. Graduates pursue careers with textile and apparel manufacturers, retailers, testing laboratories, government agencies, media firms, or they may open their own businesses.

Concentrations Available

  • Apparel Design: Learn about the construction and design aspects of the fashion industry for the consumer market.
  • Merchandising: Learn about apparel economics, marketing, and the industry psychology of the fashion world.
  • Textile Science: Learn about the art and science of textile production and development, including materials, processes, and technologies involved in today’s industry.

Possible Careers

  • Apparel designer 
  • Fashion merchandiser 
  • Materials specialist 
  • Product development scientist 
  • Retail distribution manager 
  • Textiles expert

Program Requirements

Once you're an LSU student, you'll need to meet the requirements below to continue pursuing this major.

2.0 GPA in all coursework (2.5 GPA for transfer)
2.0 cumulative GPA in courses toward degree requirements
grade of "C" or better in ENGL 1001 and MATH 1021 or higher


View the LSU General Catalog for more information on course recommendations.

General Catalog


Curriculum by concentration

Apparel Design


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