Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising

The Apparel, Textiles & Merchandising program is designed to provide students with an understanding of the apparel and textile industries, consumer behavior, product knowledge, and business principles. Depending on career goals, students may pursue other minors, including Fine Arts, Marketing, Theater, or Journalism, with additional coursework.


Students concentrate in one of two areas.


Merchandising combines an overview of the apparel and textiles industry, consumer behavior, and product knowledge with an understanding of business principles.

Apparel, Production and Design

Apparel Production and Design emphasizes the design and production process from inception to finished product and its ultimate sale to the consumer.



A minor is available in Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising. Download the curriculum here.

Transfer Students

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning has developed articulation agreements which contains programs of courses appropriate for transfer for community/junior college students who attend Mississippi's eight public universities. At the bottom of each program are listed the universities which offer the baccalaureate degree program. Each university will accept courses as listed on the particular transfer program without loss of credit toward the conclusion of the four-year degree. It is intended that this articulation agreement be a minimum program transfer for all students moving from the community/junior college to the university system, as well as moving between universities in the system, acting as a "safety net" for transfer students.

This guide is available via pdf from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. For courses which would transfer for credit to the Human Sciences degree, Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising concentration, please see page 139 of the transfer guide.

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  • Fashion, Costume, Accessory, or Technical Designer
  • Product Developer
  • Retail Buyer / Analyst
  • Merchandise Manager
  • Store Manager or Business Owner
  • Visual merchandiser / In-Store Display
  • Area Sales Manager
  • Manufacturer's Representative
  • Fashion Journalist
  • Fashion Consultant / Stylist
  • Fashion Forecaster
  • Textile Scientist
  • Apparel Manufacturer
  • E-Commerce Business Owner
  • Extension Specialist or Agent
  • Professor, Instructor, or Teacher

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs are offered each year in ATM. Faculty work with the Cooperative Center for Study Abroad to plan study abroad programs and internships in English-speaking regions. Currently, CCSA has 24 member institutions in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee. To find out more, visit the study abroad page on this site.

Technology Requirements

A laptop computer that you can bring to class is required for HS 4733 (Computer-aided Design) and some other ATM courses. For these courses, much of the work, which includes daily activities and exams, must be done in the classroom and not at another location. Students may download the computer and software specifications here.

Exhibits and Collections

Mississippi State University

Useful Links


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