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Dr. Min-Young Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies
303 Erikson Hall
Lexington, KY 40506-0050
Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles
Welcome to the Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles (MAT) program. Students are guided to coursework and internship opportunities that will help them achieve their individual career goals.
Students will take courses designed to match industry requirements and expectations. Our curriculum challenges students to exercise creative thinking in business operations, merchandising strategies, and consumer issues. Courses are intended to provide students with the knowledge and experience they will need to understand current trends and applications in the merchandising, apparel, and textiles industries. Upon graduation, MAT students will be able to apply their knowledge to business, management, and professional development skills.
Students are introduced to and complete several hands-on projects focusing on various aspects of merchandising, apparel, and textiles: Sourcing, Market Trends, Consumerism, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Retailing, Visual Merchandising, Textiles, and Brand Management. Courses such as MAT 237: Aesthetics in Merchandising, introduces students to design principles which they later use to create window displays in Lexington retail stores. In MAT 514: Retail Entrepreneurship, students learn concepts of business ownership and develop a business plan for their own retail store. For a complete list of courses and their descriptions, click Course Descriptions.
Other Industry-Focused Courses Offered:
- Textiles for Consumers
- Dress and Culture
- Brand Management
- History of Costume
- Merchandise Planning and Control
- Social and Psychological Aspects of Apparel
- Electronic Retailing
- Merchandising Strategy Analysis
The Department of Retailing and Tourism Management offers many diverse opportunities for students to travel the world while earning course credit. MAT students have the ability to visit multiple countries and enjoy unique educational experiences outside of University of Kentucky classrooms. Education Abroad has several programs for students to participate in such as, study abroad, intern abroad, teach abroad, and research abroad for various lengths of time. Students can also earn a Global Studies Certificate, a curriculum set that prepares students to live and work in a global world. Our Retailing and Tourism Management students have travelled to Panama, Paris, New York, Scotland, London, Florence, and many more! The ability to earn credit in a foreign country is an exceptional opportunity, and to make sure our students get to experience this, we offer scholarships and work with curriculum equivalencies to ensure these lifelong memories are made.
As you enter college and try to decide which degree matches your interest, always think ahead about career opportunities and positions available. With a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles you will have the opportunity to integrate concepts, philosophies, and components which are applicable to various careers such as:
- Retail Store Manager
- Planning Manager
- Brand Manager
- Fashion Buyer
- Small Business Owner
- District/Regional Store Manger
- Product Management
- Visual Merchandiser
- Fashion Forecaster
- Quality Assurance Manager in Textiles
- Public Relations
- Showroom Manager
- Brand Representative
- Fashion Coordinator/Director
- Loss Prevention